Left to right: Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman, PCPD officer Ron Timmons, Deputy Sheriff Curt Cochran, and Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.
Port Clinton Police Officer Ron Timmons and Deputy Sheriff Curt Cochran received their departments’ highest honors Wednesday at the Port Clinton Kiwanis’ annual Law Enforcement Day. Timmons was named Officer of the Year, while Cochran was named 2014’s top Deputy.
Ron Timmons began his career with the PCPD in June of 2012 and has made a big impression in a short period of time. He was nominated for the honor by his peers at the Department. He and his wife, Hailey, reside in Port Clinton and he works the midnight shift. He also serves as a backup detective under Sgt. Corbin Carpenter. He recently became an official expert in Marijuana. Timmons served two deployments overseas as a United States Marine, serving in Iraq from 2006-2007 and in Afghanistan from 2010-2011.
Cochran started his law enforcement career with the corrections division of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office in June of 2007 where he worked for over 5 years. In April of 2011 he became a member of the Department’s Special Response Team (SWAT). In 2012 he attended training to become an unarmed self-defense instructor through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Program. In 2013, he led the Sheriff’s Office in criminal arrests.
“I would like to let you all know that early in Curt’s career, in my mind, I was not sure that Curt was mature enough for the road or even law enforcement,” said Ottawa County Sheriff, Steve Levorchick. “However, I saw that it was only my shortsighted vision, not any shortcomings of Curt’s. I am extremely proud that I opened my eyes and saw the great deputy that was right in front of us, and I was able to put him on the road. He is an extremely hard working deputy, who takes great pride in his job, in his service, but most of all in his community.”
Both Timmons and Cochran were awarded their individual honors by a vote of their peers, which may be the highest honor of all. Nobody knows the value of a law enforcement officer like the law enforcement officers themselves.