Tennessee State Trooper Mike Cummins, Murfreesboro Police Officer Bobby Edwards, Smyrna Police Officer Jon Elston, La Vergne Police Officer Steve Crotts and MTSU Public Safety Officer Jason Myatt TMP/M. Willard
Rutherford County’s top cops were honored Monday at the annual Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year banquet.
Tennessee State Trooper Mike Cummins, Sheriff’s Detective Sedric Fields, Murfreesboro Police Officer Bobby Edwards, Smyrna Police Officer Jon Elston, La Vergne Police Officer Steve Crotts and MTSU Public Safety Officer Jason Myatt were honored at the luncheon, along with members of the local media.
Cummins was honored for ending 2011 tied for first place as Top DUI Enforcer for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Crime Stoppers boardmember Charlie Montgomery said.
“He shared that distinction with his shift partner, also a Rutherford County trooper,” Montgomery said, adding each had 114 DUI arrests in 2011.
Cummins performances in 2010 pushed him ahead of his shift partner for this year’s Crime Stopper honor. In 2010, Cummins was second in the Nashville district and third statewide for his number of DUI arrests.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office nominated Fields for his work in the narcotics division.
“He singlehandedly produced well more than half of the money seized by the entire unit,” Montgomery said.
Fields leads his unit in all categories: money seized, serch warrant executed, arrests, property seizures and cases investigated.
Murfreesboro Police’s honoree, Edwards, was called upon for his quick thinking on the night of Nov. 28, 2011, when he was called to the MTMC parking lot.
Edwards found Glenn A. Climer, of Murfreesboro, in a vehicle with an infant. Climer then theatened to break the baby’s neck by twisting it.
Edwards wrestled the infant from Climer and arrested him for attempted second-degree murder and a slew of other charges.
Climer was indicted in May by a Rutherford County Grand Jury.
Smyrna’s Elston was honored for his professionalism and service to the community.
“During 2011, Officer Elston issued more than 900 citations, made 143 arrests and worked more than 70 auto accidents – without a single citizen complaint having been filed against him,” Montgomery said.
La Vergne’s Officer of the Year, Crotts, was honored for his quick thinking during a domestic dispute in 2011.
“After placing the suspect in custody, he immediately began rendering aid to the victim,” Montgomery explained, adding Crotts continued first aid as other officers arrived.
“As a result of this officer’s quick response and action, he also saved the life of another possible victim,” Montgomery said. The suspect was charged with murder.
MTPD’s Myatt was also honored for saving a life.
On Feb. 12, 2012, Myatt gave CPR to an MTSU student who had lost consciousness and stopped breathing.
Myatt continued to give CPR until paramedics arrived and took the student to the hospital. The student made a full recovery.
“This incident displayed Myatt’s capable and compassioant spirit,” Montgomery said.
Crimestoppers is an anonymous crime tip program, which was initiated by community leaders 28 years ago.
The Crimestoppers number is 615-893-STOP (7867).