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U.S. Attorney Recognizes Public Servants and Law Enforcement

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld honored 22 public servants and law enforcement officials today for their exceptional work.  The annual United States Attorney Awards were held today in Wheeling to recognize outstanding criminal investigations and community service work in the Northern District of West Virginia. Through their service and dedication, the recipients have made a transformational impact in the communities they serve. 

Those recognized and honored were as follows:

Distinguished Law Enforcement Lifetime Achievement Awards

Scott Smith, Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney, Wheeling, WV,

George Swartwood, Chief (retired), Martinsburg, Police Department, Martinsburg, WV,

Dean Olack, Sergeant (retired), West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg, WV,

U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Leadership

Clayton Amsler, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, FBI, Clarksburg, WV,

U.S. Attorney’s Champion of Children Award

Wesley Frederick, Deputy U.S. Marshal, United States Marshals Service, Clarksburg, WV,

Outstanding Community Volunteer

Jody Miller, Wheeling WV,

Outstanding Investigative Effort

Ellen Duffy, Special Agent, FBI, Martinsburg, WV,

Outstanding Drug Investigations

Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, Wheeling WV,

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Adkins, Canonsburg, PA,

Marshall County Drug Task Force, Moundsville, WV,

Jeffrey H. Cisar, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, FBI, Martinsburg, WV,

U.S. Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Firearms Trafficking Investigations

Seth Cox, Special Agent, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Martinsburg, WV,

Outstanding Identity Theft Investigation

Dale Forrester, Assistant Inspector, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Washington, D.C.,

Salman Farooqui, Special Agent, IRS-Criminal Investigations, Los Angeles, CA,

Victor Vanacore, Special Agent, IRS-Criminal Investigations, Los Angeles, CA,

Outstanding Hate Crime Investigation

Matthew Messich, Special Agent, FBI, Wheeling, WV,

Grant Polson, Special Agent, FBI, Pittsburgh, PA,

Madisyn Moore, Special Agent, FBI, Pittsburgh, PA,

Stephanie Sikinger, Intelligence Analyst, FBI, Pittsburgh, PA,

Outstanding Elder Fraud Investigation

Dontuwee Boykin, Supervisory Special Agent, IRS-Criminal Investigations, Bridgeport, WV,

J.W. Smith, Corporal (retired), West Virginia State Police, Clarksburg, WV,

Loretta Phillips, Des Moines, WA.

Updated May 23, 2024