Sgt. Det. Christopher Kriner of the Old Lycoming Township police force was presented the Police Officer of the Year award on Thursday.
The award, presented every year since 1973, is given by the Travelers Protective Association of Lycoming County.
"I was looking at the list of recipients, and three of them stand out to me," Kriner told the crowd. "Chief Solomon, Chief, now Sheriff Lusk, and Chief Casale. They have encouraged me. They are true role models for me. They make this job very fun for me and an enjoyable place to work."
Kriner, who was hired by the department in May 2002, thanked his family, saying "they understand the long hours and my occasional grumpiness. Likewise my mom and dad gave me a good foundation growing up and taught me the value of hard work."
Old Lycoming Township Police Chief William Solomon wrote a letter commending Kriner for his work which award committee chairwoman Marie McGee read, that praised Kriner for his work ethic, his "passion for arresting drug users and dealers," and his work organizing initiatives to fight the drug problem in Lycoming County.
"He does everything from crime to traffic work," the letter read. "Whatever needs to be done he gives 110 percent at all times."
Chief Sheriff's Deputy Steven Hall also was recognized for his 29 years of service in his department.
"I'd like to thank God for helping me stay here," Hall said. "I want to thank my mother, 82 years old. My wife of 40 years, Dolly ... I'd like to thank Charlie Brewer, Charlie's the one who hired me. And I'd like to thank Mark Lusk, he made me chief. And four years ago I had brown hair."
State Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, presented three points he thinks will help with the heroin problem: landlords should have a five-part application process that includes a check on the prospective tenant's source of income; people should make an effort not to buy goods "that are obviously stolen;" and everyone should make an effort to eat more family dinners, because kids who eat more often with their family are less likely to start using drugs, according to statistics.