YORK COUNTY – A special award has been given to Lieutenant Alex Hildebrand as the York County Sheriff’s Department has named him as its Deputy of the Year.
York County Sheriff Paul Vrbka and Sergeant Taylor Samek explain how “Deputy of the Year is awarded to a York County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officer who best exemplifies the office’s core values of honor, integrity, honesty, compassion, leadership and respect. The nomination is primarily based on exemplary service during the preceding year (January to December).”
Those who nominated Lt. Hildebrand for the award said he “is the definition of a servant-based leader and is always putting the needs of his employees over his own. There is no greater example of this than on Christmas Day this past year, when he came in to assist with accidents and stranded motorists during the winter weather storm. This selfless act cost him spending the holiday with his family but ensured other employees could spend it with their families. This is just one example from the past year, among countless others. where Lt. Hildebrand sacrificed his needs for the needs of our agency. He not only assists employees of our agency but also assists other law enforcement agencies in the area with case work, cell phone extractions and other investigative needs.”
A predominant role in Lt. Hildebrand’s job is the investigation into cases involving child abuse, sexual assault and child exploitation. “Ask any law enforcement officer and they will tell you these cases are amongst some of the hardest they will ever have to deal with. Lt. Hildebrand does a tremendous job with investigating these cases, coordinating with allied agencies (DHHS, Child Advocacy, etc.), and providing testimony at trial which leads to successful prosecution,” his supporters said.
Lt. Hildebrand’s work in the community extends far beyond his work at the sheriff’s office. He serves as a mentor in the TeamMates Mentoring Program and volunteers for a wide variety of community-based organizations. Lt. Hildebrand also has conducted training programs for various community groups on the topics of human trafficking, substance abuse and fraud/scam prevention.
Samek and Vrbka said, “The York County Sheriff’s Office is extremely blessed to have Lt. Hildebrand on staff and could not think of a better recipient for this award. Lt. Hildebrand is the not only an excellent law enforcement officer but an excellent supervisor, co-worker, neighbor and friend to many in the York County community. He is one of the many people in this community that makes York County a great place to live.”