Thomas Munzert, of Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, received the 2018 Deputy of the Year Award from New York State Sheriffs’ Institute.
Sheriff Barry Virts nominated Munzert for this recognition. Munzert received the award at a recent awards luncheon hosted by NYS Sheriffs’ Institute at The Desmond in Albany.
Established in 1977, the Deputy of the Year Award is given annually to a sheriff’s deputy who performed an act of exceptional valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty.
The events that earned Munzert this award took place on July 15, 2017. Wayne County 911 Center received a call for service reporting a vehicle that had gone off the road and into a pond in the town of Arcadia. Munzert responded to the scene, and found a vehicle on its roof in the pond. He assessed the scene, and quickly helped the driver exit her vehicle as it filled 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,” Virts said. “Deputy Munzert saved her life.”
He also received the Meritorious Conduct Medal from Wayne County for his bravery and courage in performing his duties on that day in July.
Munzert joined WCSO in August 2015. He started 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 in October 2016.