Friday, six men and women, including one with strong Antioch ties, were named Metro Police Department’s Employees of the Year for 2015.
Officer Jonathan Frith was named Patrol Officer of the year.
On August 5, 2015, an armed Vincente Montano entered the Carmike Hickory 8 Theater in Antioch intending to do harm. The fast actions of Metro Police prevented what could have been a wide-ranging tragedy.
Officer Frith was one of the first officers to enter the theater during the active aggressor call. Despite the potential for extreme danger, he did so without hesitation.
According to a Metro Nashville press release, he led officers’ response and tactics. At one point, when he entered the theater, he heard three pops, which sounded like small caliber gunfire, from his blind side. He fired at the suspect with his rifle and backed out. He and the other officers kept the suspect contained until SWAT arrived.
We in Antioch have little doubt that Officer Frith’s heroic and quick actions saved many lives that day.
Other winners are listed below.
Officer Matthew Cammarn, Police Officer of the Year
Officer Cammarn’s quick medical response to a 17-year-old gunshot victim on N. 8th Street is credited with saving the young man’s life. Officer Cammarn was on walking patrol near the shooting and was first on the scene. The teen had been shot in his upper thigh and a major artery had been struck. Officer Cammarn immediately applied a tourniquet from his MNPD medical kit that controlled the bleeding until medical personnel arrived.
Detective Mike Roland, Investigative Services Bureau Investigator of the Year
Detective Roland led the investigation into September’s brutal beating deaths of two persons inside a Greenwood Avenue apartment in East Nashville. The victims were ultimately found wrapped in bedspreads in a closet. Various items had been placed on top of the bedspreads to conceal the bodies. The investigation led to the arrests of Brandon Griswold and Whitney Gray a few days later on Trousdale Drive near Harding Place. During interviews, both suspects gave detailed confessions. An element of the dispute between the victims and suspects concerned heroin use.
Detective Lindsay Smith, Precinct Investigator of the Year
Meticulous investigation by Detective Smith resulted in the arrest of Mallory Porter for the murder of Gilbert Fowler. Fowler was found deceased inside his car in the driveway of an unoccupied home in the 3900 block of Lunn Drive. Detective Smith began her investigation with very little to go on. Decisions she made proved to be the turning point, as she linked Porter to the area of the homicide via phone and IP address records, as well as forensic evidence. Detective Smith’s courtroom testimony was praised by both the District Attorney’s Office and the victim’s family.
Officer Josh Black, Special Operations Officer of the Year
While at a North Nashville home in search of two accused violent fugitives, Special Response Team Officer Black developed a rapport with a resident who agreed to help police in the apprehensions. Officer Black received telephone calls from the cooperating individual at all hours of the following evening and morning. It was ultimately determined that the two suspects would be at a tattoo shop on Dickerson Pike for an extended period. Both men, one of them on federal probation for stealing weapons from law enforcement vehicles, were taken into custody. Officer Black’s diligent work on this case, both on and off the clock, took two dangerous individuals off of Nashville’s streets.
Ms. Jackie Hoffman, Professional Support Employee of the Year
Ms. Hoffman, recently retired Assistant Director of MNPD Human Resources, began her work with the police department 43 years ago. Over the past four decades, if anyone had a question about a personnel-related issue, from hiring to pay to policy, Ms. Hoffman has been the go-to person. Her institutional knowledge of the MNPD is invaluable. Her kind and helpful response to anyone who asks for assistance is second to none. Ms. Hoffman has truly defined what it means to work together to achieve the best outcome for all. Although Ms. Hoffman officially retired on February 1, she has agreed to stay on part-time and continues to be an asset to all police department employees.