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Hometown News: Forsyth County deputy honored by local Optimist Club

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Patrick Sternik was recognized at the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club’s Respect for Law program Tuesday.

Sternik, a resource officer at Brandywine Elementary School, was previously awarded the Medal of Accommodation for his role defending the Forsyth County Courthouse during the shooting in June 2014.

“It was certainly a pleasure to see Deputy First Class Patrick Sternik recognize by our wonderful Optimist Club,” Sheriff Ron Freeman said. “Deputy Sternik serves as a school resource officer and is a stellar member of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office family. I’m very proud to see him receive the Respect for Law award.”

“There are many good reasons why Forsyth County is a premier location to live in Georgia,” club president Brenda Basey said. “The dedicated and brave men and women in the sheriff’s [office] are one of those reasons. We are grateful and proud to honor Deputy Sternik and representing everyone in Sheriff Freeman’s [office].”