Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Law enforcement officers and community members were recognized today for their service in Tioga County.
Members of the county sheriff's office joined together in Owego today.
They were given pins and applause for their years of service.
Awards were broken down to increments of five years. One man awarded is a lieutenant with the force. He has been on for forty years.
Another deputy was recognized for her DWI arrests.
"I've enjoyed the work, day to day to come back, it definitely doesn't feel like forty years," said Lieutenant Richard Gorman.
He has advice for younger people considering a future in law enforcement.
"It's definitely a great profession, especially if they want to help the people of their community and be dedicated to the job," Gorman said. "I think it's an excellent choice."
"I know that some of these people would not have made it home," said Deputy Julie Kipling, talking about her DWI arrests. "It's nice to know that there's a person off the road, and probably that night we could have saved somebody."
Deputy Kipling logged 23,000 miles of patrol in 2010.
Other awards were given for negotiating and life-saving actions.