FRANKFORT, KY. – In the four years he's been an officer with the Department of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Anthony Bersaglia has built a reputation among his colleagues for his determination and dedication to the job.
A former deputy sheriff and conservation officer, he generates an activity level that, according to his commanders, no one else can reach, was selected to be a firearms instructor within his first year with the department, and is a double recipient of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Award for Officer, which recognizes an officer for his or her dedication to commercial vehicle safety.
“He is known as a man who sincerely reaches out to help those in need and help protect those who have entrusted their safety with him,” said Capt. Phillip Frazier, who coordinated the awards program. “He makes himself available to other officers and citizens, even when he is not on duty.”
In honor of those achievements, KVE presented Bersaglia the 2007 Jason Cammack Officer of the Year Award, bestowing on him KVE's highest award, which recognizes “what a police officer should represent in his professional and personal life.”
The award is named in honor of Jason Cammack, the first and still only KVE officer killed in the line of duty, in 2000. Bersaglia's award was presented by Hayden Cammack, Jason Cammack's 9-year-old son.
“Anthony is a man of integrity and honor,” said Commissioner Greg Howard. “This is a fitting tribute to an officer who has brought so much respect to the position, and to the department.”
Also during the ceremony, held today at the Kentucky History Museum in Frankfort, KVE presented awards for outstanding service by officers, civilian employees and citizens.
One such award was the Life Saving Medal Award, received by Major Phillip Frazier.
Driving into work early one morning last June, Frazier noticed smoke around the roof of an apartment building in Clay City, and quickly discovered the building was ablaze. At 6:30 a.m., Frazier knew many residents would still be asleep, so he turned into the lot and sounded his siren, then began to beat on doors to awaken and direct citizens out of the building. His actions were responsible for helping more than 20 individuals vacate the building before it was completely consumed by fire.
“This is what we as police officers value most: saving lives,” Commissioner Howard said. “You don't get many examples of saving lives that are more clear cut than that.”
Other awards presented include:
Meritorious Service Award (presented to employees who have completed an act of meritorious achievement): Terry ‘Doug’ Stacy of Winchester and Charles Tinsley of Berea.
DUI Award (presented to the officer who has achieved the most DUI citations or arrests): Officer Landry Collett of Hoskinston.
Inspector of the Year (presented to the employee with the most citations of commercial motor vehicles): Inspector William Williams of Mt. Sterling;
Drug Enforcement Award (presented to the officer or inspector who has performed the most outstanding amount of work in drug enforcement):
(Special Operations): Officer Stephen Burke of Bowling Green and Officer Randall Honeycutt of Albany;
(Field Operations): Officer Kelly Anderson of Bowling Green;
Civilian of the Year (presented to the civilian employee who has demonstrated outstanding service to KVE): Amy Dempsey of Frankfort;
Outstanding Citizen Award (presented to a citizen who voluntarily assists a KVE officer or inspector): Harold Wiggins of Vine Grove.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Award/ Officer: Officer Anthony Bersaglia; and
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Award/ Inspector: Inspector William Williams.