Public safety officers recognized
The city of Rosemount has chosen its public safety officers of the year. Fire captain Mike Reis, officer Ryan Coughlin and dispatcher Jolene Cemensky were recognized for going above and beyond each and every day. The recipients received their awards during ceremony March 12 at the American Legion.
Fire chief Scott Aker said Mike Reis was chosen by his peers for the award because of his unflailing dedication to the job. Reis has been on the department for 29 years and has active the whole time.
"He's totally dedicated and has been the whole time," said Aker. "He's always been a good example."
Aker said Reis is a good leader and is especially skilled at training other firefighters. Aker added that while he's tough is one of the more popular training instructors.
"He makes you work but it's worth it," said Aker.
Coughlin, who also received the honor last year and was the city's employee of the year, has served the police department in a number of ways since 2006. He has mostly worked as a patrol officer but has also served as a detective on the department.
Additionally Coughlin serves as a field training officer, provides on-the-job training for newly hired members of the department, and as a physical evidence officer.
Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said Coughlin exemplifies a dedicated police officer every day.
"He gives his best to the department and citizens day in and day out," said Kalstabakken. "It's not one thing. It's his performance every day that got him nominated,"
Things of note that Coughlin has done for the department include writing a training manual and assisting fellow employees to learn specialized police software packages. He also has taught techniques to interview witnesses.
Dispatcher Jolene Cemensky was chosen by her peers as Dispatcher of the Year for being reliable and easy to work with, said DCC executive director Diane Linde.
Additionally Lind said Cemensky was an integral part of rescuing a man from a Farmington grain bin in February 2010.
Cemensky worked to communicate with the different agencies involved in the rescue, which took more than eight hours. The rescue involved numerous agencies including fire departments from Farmington, Apple Valley, Rosemount and Minneapolis.
She also learned a train was nearing the site and was able to get it stopped before it further put the man's life at risk.
"It's no simple task to stop a train," said Lind.