Columbia County Sheriff honors two deputies and promotes two law enforcement officers

Sheriff Mark Hunter (center) presented Deputies Chris Hadley (left) and Mitchell Kernan (right) with the Life-saving Award.
Sheriff Mark Hunter (center) presented Deputies Chris Hadley (left) and Mitchell Kernan (right) with the Life-saving Award.

Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted two employees within its law enforcement ranks on Wednesday. Detective Josh Samson was promoted to the rank of Corporal and Corporal Brett Sullivan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

The ceremony was attended by family and Sheriff’s Office employees. Corporal Samson will be transferred from the Criminal Investigations Division, where he has served as a detective. He will now be assigned to the Patrol Division as a shift supervisor. 

Corporal Brett Sullivan (left) was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Sergeant Sullivan has been serving as a patrol supervisor and will now be assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as the Crime Scene supervisor. We would like to congratulate Corporal Samson and Sergeant Sullivan on their new promotions and new assignments!

Sheriff Hunter also presented Deputies Chris Hadley and Mitchell Kernan with the “Life-saving Award”.

Detective Josh Samson (left) was promoted to the rank of Corporal.

On September 7, 2020, the deputies responded to a call regarding a tree that had fallen on an elderly man, pinning him against his tractor. The deputies located a chainsaw nearby and were able to free the man from the tree. The deputies then rendered first aid until EMS arrived and transported the subject to the hospital.

The man has since been able to recover from his injuries.

“The immediate response and quick actions of Deputies Hadley and Kernan resulted in a positive outcome to a potentially life threatening event,” said Hunter. “We are proud of these deputies for their actions, and are grateful that the victim was able to make a full recovery.”

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