WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-The West Lafayette Police Department celebrated five special members of its agency on Monday.
Officer Elizabeth Romstadt received the 2018 Officer of the Year Award for her dedication to the department. She was nominated by her supervisors and peers at WLPD.
Officer Austin Ames was honored with a Police Merit Commission Exceptional Service Award for his service when he saved a person from committing suicide.
Three members of WLPD received promotions. Lieutenant Arthur Choate was promoted from Lieutenant of Patrol to Captain of Special Services, Sergeant Adam Ferguson was promoted from Sergeant of Patrol to Lieutenant of Patrol, and Officer Adam Miller was promoted from Patrolman to Patrol Sergeant.
Family, friends and city officials came to assist in the pinning process.
Newly-promoted Captain of Special Services Arthur Choate said the journey to get here was hard, but he was never discouraged.
"West Lafayette's a fantastic police department. I've been given tons of opportunities, and so I'm grateful for that and I'm humbled by that," Capt. Choate said.
Read more about the five members who were recognized during Monday's WLPD Promotion and Award Ceremony below.
Lieutenant Arthur Choate was promoted from Lieutenant of Patrol to Captain of Special Services. According to WLPD, Choate's entire career has been dedicated to the department's Patrol Division. He has been a supervisor in the Field Training Program, as well as assisting in the development of new officers during his time at WLPD. Choate is serving in his 19th year with WLPD.
Sergeant Adam Ferguson, Sergeant of Patrol, has been promoted to Lieutenant of Patrol. Most recently, Ferguson has served as the department's grant writer. He has also worked to improve the agency's training program and served as a Field Training Officer, K9 Officer and a member of the Narcotics Unit. Ferguson is serving in his 18th year with WLPD.
Officer Adam Miller has received a promotion. Miller, a former Patrolman, is now a Patrol Sergeant. Miller has served the West Lafayette Police Department as a Field Training Officer, Special Response Team Member, School Resource Officer, K9 Officer and was a member of the department's Narcotics Unit. Miller is serving in his 11th year with WLPD.
Officer Elizabeth Romstadt was nominated to be WLPD's 2018 Officer of the Year. She is a K9 handler, Field Training Officer and a member of the Narcotics Unit. Outside of the department, Romstadt serves the Greater Lafayette Community as a School Resource Officer and volunteers as an instructor for RAD/RAD Kids. Romstadt has also participated in the CASA for Kids Cycling Challenge and the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Romstadt is serving in her fourth year with WLPD.
Officer Austin Ames received a Police Merit Commission Exceptional Service Award. Ames is being recognized for his outstanding service in July of 2018 when a person was threatening to commit suicide. Ames spoke with the person, who was perched on the Wabash Landing Parking Garage, until he was able to remove them. He successfully brought that person to safety. Ames is serving his second year with WLPD.