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Seneca County deputy named ‘Officer of the Year’

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office has honored a veteran deputy who has been called a teacher, counselor, friend, mentor and advocate for the youth of Romulus.

Deputy Frank Eldredge was named the department’s “Officer of the Year” at the annual awards ceremony last month. He began his career with the sheriff’s office as a part-time deputy in 1988, became full-time in 2001 and became a certified K-9 officer in 2003.

Eldredge became the resource officer at Romulus Central School in 2016. Undersheriff John Cleere said his impact on the community was immediate.

“Taking the time to work with the students, families and school staff, Frank has earned the respect of the Romulus school community,” Cleere said.

After passing a rigorous two-week course last year, Eldredge also became the school’s DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. Cleere said Eldredge was the first DARE officer in the state to go online with the DARE program, utilizing electronic tablets/notebooks provided by the school.

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