Rotary honors Officers of the Year

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Wayne Lowery, left, and Sheriff John D’Agostini, right, congratulate deputy Bryan Brown on the Rotary Officer of the Year award. Brown and fellow deputy Keith Maher received the honor last Wednesday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Keith Maher and Bryan Brown received accolades from the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills and their boss, Sheriff John D’Agostini, Wednesday morning as they received the title of Officers of the Year for their outstanding work and service to the community.

Both men exemplify the Sheriff’s Department mission, D’Agostini said to the crowd of Rotarians, officer and the award recipients’ families.

Maher is assigned to the School Resource Unit as a School Resource Officer working as a liaison between schools, students, families and the Sheriff’s Office. He is also currently a member of the El Dorado County Gang Enforcement Team and is committed to preventing and eradicating criminal street gang activity. In the past year, he has written more than 180 reports and arrested or cited nearly 90 offenders.

While working with students and enforcing juvenile law, Maher serves as a mentor and role model.

” His work has had a positive impact on our youth,” the sheriff said.

Maher also participates as a presenter of the PARTY program and is a panel member for the School Attendance Review Board.

Brown is actively involved with the Sheriff’s Crisis Intervention Team, the Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Unit, the Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. He is involved in several community events such as neighborhood watch, CSD meetings and National Night Out.

Brown currently works as a patrol deputy, however in January and February of 2012 Brown worked as a property crimes detective. During that time period he spearheaded two different investigations resulting in the apprehension of multiple burglary suspects. During the investigation of the first case, Brown identified multiple suspects responsible for at least nine residential burglaries in El Dorado County and surrounding counties. During the second investigation Brown initiated a surveillance operation in El Dorado Hills Town Center due to a rash of thefts from vehicles. The surveillance operation resulted in the arrest of a subject for vehicular burglary. With this arrest, vehicular burglaries were considerably reduced in the area.

His dedication, proactiveness and thoroughness in these two cases are just an example of Brown’s performance. When ever he attends an event in El Dorado Hills, D’Agostini said people tell him “what a fantastic job (Brown) is doing.”

Brown was recognized as the Mother Load Lions Club Officer of the Year.

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