The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.
Cops who are tops
Thumbs up this week go to our law enforcement personnel recognized for their efforts with their respective departments.
In Suwanee, Janet Moon was promoted to second-in-command of the Suwanee Police Department, making her one of the highest-ranking female law enforcement officers in Gwinnett County.
She'd been a captain in the department since 2001. Wednesday, Moon was promoted to deputy chief. She will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the department and supervise a staff of 32 employees.
At the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, accolades were awarded for Civilian Employee of the Year and Deputy of the Year.
Deputy Myong Joon Jo, at 72, the oldest deputy at the department, was awarded the Georgia Jail Association's Deputy of the Year Award.
Johnny Mowell, the director of maintenance, won the Civilian Employee of the Year award for overseeing the renovation and expansion of the jail and keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly.
Yeoman 2nd Class Jeffrey Jackson, 27, this past week was named the Navy Times' Coast Guardsman of the Year.
Jackson was chosen for the honor out of all the Coast Guardsmen in the nation.
The award is sponsored by the Army Times Publishing Co. One serviceman is chosen from each of the five service branches, which include the Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force. The candidates can be either enlisted or officers.
Jackson, stationed in New Orleans since October 2001, has been in the Coast Guard for five years.
Said Lt. Cmdr. Daryl Schaffer, Jackson's supervisor at the Integrated Support Command: "The yeoman's courage under pressure, tireless efforts in his day job, personal commitment to physical fitness and devotion to service qualify him for the Navy Times' 2006 Coast Guardsman of the Year award."
MDA honors teen
When Jordan Woods of Suwanee developed an idea for his Eagle Scout project in 2004, he turned to his own experiences for inspiration.
"The basic idea for the Eagle project was to improve the handicap-friendliness of the schools in the area," said Woods, 18, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair. "Several times, my family would drop me off at school, which had one wheelchair ramp in front, and there would always be cars and buses parked in front of the ramp. I would always have to sit and wait for them to move."
So, Woods got to work, by analyzing the ramp areas at local schools, putting up signs and laying down paint stripes around the ramp areas.
His Eagle Scout work helped lead Woods to a remarkable achievement - he has been named the 2006 recipient of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Personal Achievement Award for Georgia, which recognizes outstanding achievements by people with muscular dystrophy or related disorders.