Lt. Richard Bottoms, credited with helping guide his fellow police officers through their grief after Officer Bryan Durman was killed in the line of duty last year, was named Police Officer of the Year on Monday night at Lexington's annual Division of Police Awards Banquet.
Prepared remarks read during the presentation of Bottoms' award said he "became a rock for the Central Sector officers to lean on" after Durman was killed and that Bottoms' "care, concern and respect enabled each person to cope with this tragedy."
Bottoms, who was nominated by at least eight members of the Bureau of Patrol Central Sector, was also praised for his leadership and character: "Each day, in big and small ways, you challenge your subordinates to be the best officers they can be and to aspire to such qualities as dignity, honor, respect and character."
Lifesaving awards were presented to several officers who rendered emergency aid to people in life-threatening situations.
Durman was given the Lifesaving award and a Medal of Honor posthumously.
Durman and Officer Jason Wallace, who also received a Lifesaving award, responded to an injury collision involving a motorcyclist at North Broadway and Fourth Street last March. The victim did not have a pulse and was not breathing when they arrived, so Durman and Wallace performed CPR until emergency medical technicians arrived. The officers were credited with saving the man's life.
Durman died in a hit-and-run collision while investigating a noise complaint on April 29. His wife, Brandy Durman, accepted the awards on his behalf.
Other awards presented included:
Detective Aundria Burk-hart, Detective of the Year; Officer David Peel, Patrol Officer of the Year; Tammy Jones, Civilian Employee of the Year; Officer Ricky Lynn, Customer Service of the Year; Officer Jeremy Adams, Field Training Officer of the Year; and Sgt. Brian Maynard, Supervisor of the Year.