3 responders top Barrow's public safety list

WINDER — The Winder Noon Lions Club recently made selections for their top public servants of 2010.

Three emergency responders with a combined 20 years experience took home top honors in a ceremony held during the group’s regular meeting July 28.

Winners were lauded by their superiors for dedication to their respective departments. They are:

• Officer Nick Bilik, Winder Police Department Officer of the Year 2010.

Bilik started at the municipal department in November 2005 as a communications officer and later worked undercover buying illegal drugs at Winder-Barrow High School.

In October, he graduated from the Northeast Georgia Police Academy and started his career as a patrol officer, where he trains new recruits.

• Deputy Chris Jackson, Barrow County Sheriff’s Department Deputy of the Year 2010.

Jackson began his law enforcement career as a detention officer at the Barrow County Jail and transferred to the patrol division two years later.

“Deputy Jackson has made quite an impact in Barrow County law enforcement in his three years on the road,” Sheriff Jud Smith said during the ceremony. “His cases and reports are of the highest quality.”

Jackson was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the department’s domestic violence unit, known as V.I.P.E.R., Smith said.

• Driver Engineer Brandon McIntyre, Winder Firefighter of the Year 2010.

McIntyre began his career with the department in 2000 and is in charge of the department’s Special Services Committee.

He’s an honor guard member, an EMT, was promoted to driver engineer in 2002 and later received the department’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2003. He was named the department’s Firefighter of the Year in 2009.