Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate the eight Sheriff’s deputies who were among the 20 law enforcement professionals who were honored yesterday, May 10, 2017, with a prestigious H. Thomas Guerry Award. The honors were handed out at ceremony held at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor’s Hearing Room and attended by personnel from local law enforcement agencies, local dignitaries as well as family and friends of those being recognized.
The H. Thomas Guerry Award is named after Thomas Guerry, a Santa Barbara Police Department Officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1970. Every year in his memory, the Santa Barbara Citizens Council on Crime recognizes excellence in law enforcement in Santa Barbara County.
Chief Deputy Sam Gross was recognized with an H. Thomas Guerry Award for Superior Performance for his 46 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Barbara County community. During his more than four decades at the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Gross has held numerous assignments and has more than 60 letters of commendations in his personnel file. He is the most senior member of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
During his presentation of the Guerry Award, Sheriff Bill Brown said Chief Gross is well deserving of this honor due to his unsurpassed devotion to duty. He said, “His commendations reflect his career of caring for people both inside the organization as well as the public he has served. Sam is highly respected in law enforcement circles and is described by many as a mentor and sage counsel.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the Santa Barbara Citizens Council on Crime for putting on the H. Thomas Guerry Awards each year and for providing an opportunity to recognize law enforcement personnel who have gone above and beyond to protect and serve their community.