A Tulare County Sheriff’s deputy was honored Tuesday as Officer of the Year.
Dep. Bryan Minor received the award from the Kern Valley Exchange Club at the Paradise Cove restaurant in Lake Isabella, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.
Minor was nominated by a California Highway Patrol sergeant, a Kern County Sheriff’s sergeant, and an official from the U.S. Forest Service, according to TCSO.
Minor began his career with TCSO by working in the county jail in 1988. Since 2002, he has been patrolling the communities of Kennedy Meadows, Johnsondale, and the Upper Kern River.
Minor said he feels honored to be recognized as Officer of the Year, according to a TCSO press release:
“I’ve never had any kind of recognition up to this point,” he said. “Once in a while I’ll get a pat on the back from a grateful person who I helped find his way.”