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HIGHLIGHTS FROM SHERIFF’S REPORT: Ontario County 911 chief honored with legacy award

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Steve DeChick, Chief Communications Officer at the Ontario County 911 Center, has been recognized with the esteemed John Merklinger Legacy Award. The accolade, named after the long-serving Monroe County 911 director and past president of the New York State 911 Coordinators Association, was presented to DeChick at the association’s fall conference.


Nominated by a state Homeland Security official for his exemplary leadership, DeChick expressed gratitude, citing Merklinger as a pivotal mentor since his promotion 12 years prior.

DeChick’s award, as reported by Sheriff David Cirencione in his October monthly report, acknowledges significant contributions to 911 services on local, state, and national stages, with a focus on advancing Next Generation 911 objectives, unifying stakeholders, and fostering innovation in emergency communications. Cirencione praised DeChick’s commitment to upholding the communications industry’s principles and ideals during his tenure with the sheriff’s office.

In addition to DeChick’s recognition, the sheriff’s office conducted a comprehensive mock riot drill to prepare for potential inmate disturbances, with the collaboration of the Canandaigua Emergency Squad enhancing the training’s effectiveness. Sheriff Cirencione also provided October statistics, including over 15,000 911 events processed, 137 arrests made, response to multiple drug overdoses, and nearly 200 motor vehicle accidents. Traffic enforcement yielded 538 stops, and the sheriff’s K-9 unit engaged in 30 calls. With 94 males and 28 females admitted, the county jail maintained an average daily population of 88 inmates.