VFW Honors local Sergeant

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RENO, Nev. - (KOLO) Every year VFW Post 10053 recognizes outstanding first responders.

"It's one of the greatest joys of my job," said Post 10053 Sr. Vice Commander Danny Waldrop. "These people are out there taking care of you. Appreciate them, because without that, we've got chaos."

This years winner for the law enforcement division is Sgt. Randy Hill of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. He was awarded a plaque on Thursday afternoon.

"I'm extremely humbled in accepting this honor for everyone that wears a uniform in this community and nationally," Hill said. "Especially coming from the VFW Post; it's something that's really sinking in and I'm really proud to accept this for the sheriff's office and everyone in law enforcement."

Hill has been with the department for the last 12 years.

"9-11 was a big impact for me so that's when I first started the ball rolling on law enforcement," he said.

Hill spent more than seven years on patrol in the community.

"It was pretty much just reaching out to everybody that needs some help, whether its just stopping for someone that maybe needs a tire change or just wants to talk about their neighborhood," he said. "That's what the Sheriff's Office does, we take care of everyone."

Hill was nominated by his peers for his dedication, professionalism and commitment.

"A military person knows what taking point means," Waldrop said. "These people take the point every day and it's about time people understood just exactly what they sacrifice to ensure our safety and well being."

Hill is being recognized at the national level.

"When you see one of his peers submit him for an award, the award goes to the state level and then it's elevated to the national level, it's an amazing accolade for that young man," Sheriff Chuck Allen said. "We go out there and do our jobs every day, we put our lives on the line and it's just wonderful to see an organization recognize this Sergeant for his accomplishments."

Hill says he couldn't ask for a better work environment.

"Being recognized in this capacity really just solidifies why we do this, why we put on a badge every day," he said.

The Post also recognizes outstanding firefighters and paramedics.