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Wayne County Sheriff's deputy named 2018 Deputy of the Year

Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Munzert (left) holding the 2018 Deputy of the Year Award plaque which he received at the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute’s Annual Awards Luncheon last week. (Photo by Thomas F. Rocco.)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Wayne County Sheriff's deputy earned a statewide honor for his exceptional heroism in July 2017.

Deputy Thomas Munzert was named 2018 Deputy of the Year by the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute and was honored at a luncheon in Albany last week. The Deputy of the Year award goes to a deputy who has performed an act of exceptional valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts nominated Deputy Munzert for his actions on Saturday, July 15, 2017. That day, Deputy Munzert responded to a call from the Wayne County 911 Center about a vehicle had gone off the road into a pond in Arcadia. He arrived to find the vehicle on its roof in the pond. He helped the driver, Sandra Casselman, to get out of her vehicle, which was filling with water and smoke.

“Deputy Munzert displayed courage beyond the normal course of his tasks, duties and functions as a Deputy Sheriff by entering the pond without safety equipment to rescue the driver of the overturned vehicle and bring her to safety without injury. Deputy Munzert saved her life,” Sheriff Virts said.

Deputy Munzert was also awarded the Meritorious Conduct Medal from Wayne County.

He has been with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office since August 2015 and was appointed as a full-time deputy in October 2016.

The award was first established in 1977.

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