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FCSO honors top deputies
Hailed for work in the field
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Deputies Troy Embrey and Ted Baxter, second and third from left, were honored as deputies of the year during a ceremony Thursday. With them are Capt. Mark Hoffman, left, Maj. Paul Taylor, right, and Sheriff Duane Piper, second from right. - photo by Alyssa LaRenzie

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office recognized two of its finest Thursday night during the 2012 deputy of the year ceremony.

Deputy Troy Embrey received the honor for the agency’s north precinct and Deputy Ted Baxter for the south precinct.

Maj. Paul Taylor said the precinct honorees each worked with about 40 or 50 peers last year “who are all out there doing a good job.”

“To be held up as deputies of the year is really quite an accomplishment,” Taylor said.

Each precinct in the uniform patrol division selects a deputy to recognize each month, and the annual winners are chosen from those awards.

Embrey was named deputy of the month in February, March and September in 2012.

His investigative work led to the arrest of burglary suspects in February. Then in March, Embrey responded quickly to a call for help and found a missing Alzheimer’s patient.

His work on a wreck scene in September helped a motorcyclist recover from serious injuries.

Capt. Mark Hoffman, uniform patrol section commander, said Embrey responds quickly and works with “tenacity.”

“One of the things that good police officers have is a sense of skepticism,” Hoffman said, “and it’s well developed in Troy. He’ll take the story and pick it apart and get to the end of it.”

For the south precinct, Baxter was selected for his work on arresting a catalytic converter thief, which won him the monthly award in August.

Baxter spotted a flashlight in a closed business while on patrol, and found a man with a saw, said Hoffman, adding that the theft of the auto part had been rampant throughout the county.

“He started doing more investigations and actually got a confession out of him,” he said. “That was a very effective way for us to bring that to an end because we had, again, an inquisitive deputy out there doing his job.”

Baxter’s two sons said they were proud of their dad as they held the plaque he received for his award.

Baxter, who began with the agency in 2005, said he has learned a lot from his supervisors and co-workers.

“I enjoy working for Forsyth County, and I hope it shows,” he said.

Embrey recognized his supervisors and his family.

“Thank you for the support,” he said. “It’s a great time to be here, and this is a great way to start off with a new person.”

Sheriff Duane Piper assumed leadership of the agency in January.

Piper extended an extra thank you to the deputies’ families for supporting them.

“They put up with a lot, especially when you have officers that are going above and beyond,” he said.