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Sheriff awards

Porter County Sheriff Department patrolman Nathan Graf, left, and Sheriff Dave Reynolds with awards from the state sheriff's association.

Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds and one of his officers were recognized last week during the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference in Evansville, according to the department.

Reynolds received the Sheriff of the Year Award and Officer Nathan Graf was recognized as the Deputy Sheriff Officer of the Year.

Reynolds also was selected by the board of directors as the Indiana Sheriff’s Association President for 2020, according to the department.

The local department recently recognized Graf for saving two of his fellow officers from harm or even death during a Jan. 23 call involving a suicidal man.

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The fatal shooting of 46-year-old Kevin Vawter by Graf triggered an official notice of a potential lawsuit on behalf of Vawter's survivors, who described the act, in part, as "grossly negligent."

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.