Summit County Deputy receives award
Sergeant Jeremie Forman was unaware his superiors nominated him for the 2014 Sheriff’s Association Deputy of the Year Award, until he won.
Forman received the statewide recognition award Sept. 23 at the Utah Sheriff’s Association annual convention in St. George, which honors and recognizes deputies across the state, for his participation in two life-saving situations. The Deputy of the Year Award is awarded to one deputy the Sheriff’s Association feels is the most deserving.
"I was more than surprised and, honestly, it was humbling for me because I realize I have an important job. But I guess that I didn’t realize the impact that I’ve had on the community and that’s really what it’s all about. That’s why I do what I do," Forman said. "For me to be chosen out of all the deputies in the state of Utah is a huge honor for me and there’s just really no way to express it."
Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds and Captain Justin Martinez nominated Forman, who is also the supervisor for the Summit County K-9 program, for the work he and his partner Tank, a 3-year-old bloodhound, did in helping locate two seriously injured individuals.
"For me, that is the greatest feeling in the world because I spend so much time training him and when he actually does what we’ve trained him to do and everything comes together like that, there is nothing better," Forman said. "You get to see your hard work come to fruition. There is nothing better than helping people who are really in need of help. Especially in a situation like that when we learn that he may not have survived."
Forman deployed Tank following a one vehicle accident in Wasatch County last winter when the driver could not be located and Tank soon found a track that led from the car to the side door of a nearby house.
After knocking on the door, Forman found a man who had suffered a severe head injury during the accident and was drifting in and out of consciousness.
"It’s just one of those situations when someone is in dire need of help and without the dog — and really I give all of the credit to him — we probably wouldn’t have found these people," Forman said. "You just can’t put a price or value on something like that."
The second incident associated with the award involved a man who contacted dispatch after a failed suicide attempt. The man was incoherent and unable to describe his specific location near Coalville.
Once Forman found his car, he again deployed Tank, who found the man up the mountain in the snow. He was suffering from severe shock and had sustained a non-fatal gun shot wound to his head.
Following the incidents, Martinez said the administration felt compelled as a command staff to submit a letter of nomination on Forman’s behalf.
"When we look at the magnitude of his selfless service to the citizens of Summit County, and for his dog to be successful as often as he is successful, I think it is a direct reflection of Jeremie’s commitment to this program and to the citizens. And the fact they actually found these people and saved their lives I think that it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving individual," Martinez said.
Forman joined the department about eight years ago after serving in Salt Lake City and has been partnered with Tank for the past three years. Together, the pair have found or caught 18 people.
"As a Sheriff’s Office and administration, we couldn’t be more proud of Jeremie and his accomplishments and what he has done to represent himself and this Sheriff’s office in the best manner possible," Martinez said.
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