Protection at its Finest

In March, two local veteran police officers were awarded the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) meritorious service award for their work with youth in Johnson County. This prestigious award is a first for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and was unanimously awarded to two men that have gone above and beyond their job requirements.

Deputy Scott Rautio, an eight-year veteran (pictured right)


Deputy Kirby Cochran, a 12-year veteran, works diligently with investigations involving crimes against children. Mr. Cochran advocates for children’s protection and well-being and has solved many physical and sexual abuse cases involving children in this area. Nominated by his supervisor, Mr. Cochran is not a stranger to recognition, having won Detective of the Quarter seven times in addition to Detective of the Year.

Deputy Scott Rautio, an eight-year veteran, works within the patrol division. He spends countless hours finding and solving crimes involving using, distributing and selling drugs. His efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Deputy Kirby Cochran, a 12-year veteran (pictured right)

Mr. Rautio was named Officer of the Quarter two separate times and Officer of the Year in 2016.

The Sons of the American Revolution is a nationwide organization that focuses on preserving the Constitution and our nation’s history. Members of SAR are dedicated to teaching their members, teachers and the general public how our nation started and maintaining its founding principles. They seek out awards that recognize efforts made by individuals or groups that exemplify these standards.

Both Deputy Scott Rautio and Deputy Kirby Cochran are amazing assets to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and our community and are amazing representatives of law enforcement across Indiana. Congratulations to both Mr. Cochran and Mr. Rautio on representing this county in such an honorable way and, even more so, for protecting our county’s most vulnerable – our children.

Writer / Jessica Pflumm
Photos / Provided by Johnson County Sheriff’s Office