Sons of the American Revolution Honor Two Deputies with Commendation Medals
The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored two Alexandria deputy sheriffs with Law Enforcement Commendation Medals at a luncheon on Saturday, May 11. Scott Brice Stephens, co-chair of the Public Service and Heroism Awards, and Paul Wagoner, who chairs the ROTC Awards but was assisting Mr. Stephens, presented Lieutenant Melissa Josiah and Deputy Ernesto Arroyo with certificates and medals during the Chapter’s lunch meeting at Belle Haven Country Club.
Lieutenant Josiah, who was very recently promoted to her current rank, was honored for her work ethic, commitment to excellence and collaborative spirit. Since joining the Sheriff’s Office in 1994, she has been assigned to the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center where she served as the Special Management Sergeant since 2010. She has also organized the Sheriff’s Office Helping Hands team for Spring for Alexandria’s Community Service Day for the past three years. This week she began her new assignment as the Watch Commander for Team 2B at the Detention Center.
Deputy Arroyo, who has served with the Sheriff’s Office since 1995, was recognized for his dedication to the Office, commitment to his colleagues and outstanding leadership with the Honor Guard. Deputy Arroyo has served at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center throughout his career and is a long-standing member of the Honor Guard, where he is assigned as a Team Leader. He takes great pride in his uniform and appearance, and his expertise and instruction have been integral parts of Honor Guard training, which paid off with the team’s first place finish in a regional drill competition earlier this month.
Lieutenant Josiah was accompanied by her husband Eric Josiah, Deputy Arroyo was accompanied by his wife Amelia Arroyo, and Chief Deputy Clarke Stearns, Chief of the Detention Center Operations Bureau, also attended the luncheon.
Photo: (l-r) Scott Brice Stephens, Chief Deputy Clarke Stearns, Deputy Ernesto Arroyo, Lieutenant Melissa Josiah, Paul Wagoner, and Michael Elston at the George Washington Chapter’s presentation of Law Enforcement Commendation Medals to Lieutenant Josiah and Deputy Arroyo.