Detective James Udijohn has been named the Mercer County Sheriff Officer of the Year for 2016. The award is given every year to an officer who has demonstrated a high level of service and professional achievement. Udijohn has been a Mercer County Sheriff’s Officer since 2007, and serves on the United States Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations. Photo (l-r): Sheriff’s Officer of the Year James Udijohn and Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler.
The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Unit was recognized for its efforts to help residents. Last winter, an elderly resident was feared lost in extreme outdoor temperatures with 2-degree wind chills. The Sheriff’s Project Lifesaver Unit was immediately dispatched to search for him. The seventy-four year old man, who had dementia and had been wearing a Project Lifesaver-tracking bracelet issued by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, was successfully located several miles from his home and reunited with his family. Photo: Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler, Officer David Smithson, K-9 Officer Maverick.