Deputy Thomas Munzert of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has been named 2018 Deputy of the Year by the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts nominated Deputy Munzert for this well-deserved recognition. Deputy Munzert received the award at the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute’s Annual Awards Luncheon at The Desmond in Albany last week.
Established in 1977, the Deputy of the Year award is given annually to a sheriff’s deputy who has performed an act of exceptional valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty.
The events that earned Deputy Munzert this award took place on Saturday, July 15, 2017. A call for service was received by the Wayne County 911 Center reporting that a vehicle had gone off the road into a pond in the Town of Arcadia. Deputy Munzert responded to the scene and, upon his arrival, found a vehicle on its roof in the pond. He assessed the chaotic scene and quickly assisted the driver of the vehicle, Sandra Casselman, in exiting her vehicle, which was filling with water and smoke.
“Deputy Munzert displayed courage beyond the normal course of his tasks, duties and functions as a Deputy Sheriff by entering the pond without safety equipment to rescue the driver of the overturned vehicle and bring her to safety without injury. Deputy Munzert saved her life,” Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said.
Deputy Munzert also received the Meritorious Conduct Medal from Wayne County for his bravery and courage in performing his duties on that recent day in July. Deputy Munzert has been a member of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office since August 5, 2015. He began as a part time Correction Officer assigned to the Correction Division. He transferred to the Road Patrol Division as a part time Deputy before being appointed a full time Deputy on October 14, 2016.