10 Suwanee cops honored

SUWANEE -- Ten Suwanee police officers were honored this week for their exemplary service to the city.

Officer Kevin Skinner, a patrol officer with the Suwanee Police Department for three years, was voted "Officer of the Year" by his peers, who "noted his helpfulness to them and citizens," city spokeswoman Lynne DeWilde said.

A North Gwinnett High School graduate, Skinner initially came to the department as an intern from North Georgia College and State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Lawrenceville resident Gwen Franklin, the police department's evidence and records technician, was named "Civilian of the Year." Franklin is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Middle East.

Other members of the Suwanee police department honored included:

  • Sgt. Nick Jacobs and Sgt. Robert Thompson, given the Chief's Award, presented each year to officers who "distinguish themselves day-in and day-out through their professionalism and strong work ethic."

  • Cpl. Susan Roetzer and Officer Michael Troutman were given merit awards for their investigation of a methamphetamine lab, which netted two arrests.

  • Officer Robert Stewart was given a merit award for pulling two adults and a 3-year-old child from a burning car.

  • Capt. Clyde Byers, Lt. Dan Clark and Officer Elton Hassell were also given merit awards for their contributions.