For the first time in the 28-year history of a local law enforcement awards program, two people were named Leavenworth County Officer of the Year.

For the first time in the 28-year history of a local law enforcement awards program, two people were named Leavenworth County Officer of the Year.

The award was presented Monday to Spc. Jason Ortega, a military police officer and canine handler at Fort Leavenworth, and Detective Mark Doud, of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

"It was such a difficult decision," Jeff Dedeke said of trying to decide between the two officers.

Dedeke, the Sheriff's Office chief deputy, served as awards committee chairman.

Dedeke said Doud has been a phenomenal investigator, and Ortega was honored for his actions during a deployment to Afghanistan.

The 28th annual Law Enforcement Awards and Memorial Ceremony took place at the Lansing Community Center. The event was sponsored by the James Taylor Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12003.

Other organizations sponsored individual awards for the event.

The ceremony came during National Police Week. Today is recognized as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in the awards ceremony, including the Sheriff's Office, Fort Leavenworth's Directorate of Emergency Services, Lansing Police Department and the Veterans Affairs Police Department.

While the two men had received other awards earlier in the night, the Leavenworth County Officer of the Year Award came as a surprise to Ortega and Doud.

"It feels good to be appreciated," Ortega said.

Originally from San Antonio, he has been stationed at Fort Leavenworth for three years. He was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months.

In late February, Ortega was wounded during an ambush by enemy insurgents in Afghanistan. He left a covered position to help another wounded soldier, said Jeffrey McGowen, director of Fort Leavenworth's Directorate of Emergency Services.

Ortega also was honored Monday with a Police Valor Commendation and recognized as Officer of the Year for the Directorate of Emergency Services.

Doud was recognized for two major drug investigations in 2013.
Dedeke said one case resulted in a defendant receiving a prison sentence of more than 18 years.

"It's an honor," Doud said of the award.

Doud has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2006. He previously worked for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Doud also received a Merit Award for Excellent Arrest and Certificate of Achievement
in Criminal Investigation during Monday's ceremony.

Participating law enforcement agencies had the opportunity to honor their own officers of the year.

Officer Robin Mock was honored as Officer of the Year for the Lansing Police Department.

When introducing Mock, Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman read comments from one of Mock's fellow officers.

The officer called Mock an "anchor point" for the department.

Cpl. Sam Bryant was named the Officer of the Year for the VA Police Department for the local VA hospital.

Capt. John Childs of the VA Police Department called Bryant his "do all" person.

"He's whatever I need," Childs said.

Sgt. Jarrod Gill was honored as Officer of the Year for the Tonganoxie Police Department.

Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau said Gill's investigations have been top notch.
"The guy is solid," Brandau said.