Sheriff commendations for service

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Yates County 911 Dispatcher Brian Murphy (center) recently received a commendation from Sheriff Ronald Spike (right) and Chief Dispatcher Sandra Smith.

Yates County 911 Dispatcher Brian Murphy recently received a commendation from Sheriff Ronald Spike for exceptional public safety service handling of an unresponsive man recently requiring EMS and first responder assistance in Barrington. Murphy gave CPR pre-arrival instructions over telephone for 10 minutes to civilians and the man regained breathing as First Responders arrived. His actions performing as trained contributed to saving a life, said Spike. 

K-9 Hasko, a 10-year-old German Shepherd, recently retired from active patrol duty from the Yates County Sheriff’s Office. He and his handler, Deputy Chad Betts, have been together for several years. Hasko was given a commendation by Sheriff Ronald Spike for outstanding patrol work in the Finger Lakes area and his keen sense of locating hidden drugs, including major heroin and drug finds, all leading to many arrests. Spike said “Hasko goes into retirement with our gratitude for a job well done in handler protection, tracking and crime detection.” Betts has been assigned a new patrol partner K-9 Ribo, a young fully trained Belgian Malinois.