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Chenango County Sheriff Deputy retiring after 24 years of service

By WKTV News

CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. - The Chenango County Sheriff Ernest R. Cutting has announced the retirement of Deputy Dwight F. Meade, after 24 years of dedicated service to the Patrol Division.

Deputy Meade was honored at a service held on Saturday, July 9, 2011 during a picnic celebration hosted by the Chenango County Law Enforcement Association.

Deputy Meade began his career on January 1, 1987, completing the Correction Academy in November 1987, the Basic Police Academy in August 1988, and the NYS Sheriff's Association Civil School in May 1999. He became a full-time Civil Deputy with the Sheriff's Office in March 2004.

In March 2004, Deputy Meade became the first full-time Civil Deputy in the Patrol Division. Deputy Meade's duties involved the serving of Family Court and Civil papers throughout Chenango County. Dwight also handled all property evictions and income executions. Although Deputy Meade's primary responsibility was the Civil Process, Dwight still remained active on the Road Patrol handling priority complaints and assisting other Patrol Deputies. Since 2004, Deputy Meade has served 8.624 Civil and Family Court papers.

He was the 2010 recipient of the Former Sheriff Joseph J. Benenati Jr. Award for his outstanding law enforcement career, the Chenango County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Meade has also received numerous commendations and letters of appreciations from his supervisors throughout his career, including:

*The 1998 arrest of a McDounough man for several burglaries.
*The 1990 arrest of two Oxford men for burglary to the "Blue Ox" Facility and the Blue Stone Gold Course in the Village of Oxford.
*The 1992 arrest of five subjects for numerous burglaries in South Otselic.
*A 1994 arrest of a Guilford man for felony possession of a stolen ATV
*1995 arrest of two juveniles for several camp burglaries in Columbus
*The 2000 arrest Utica man for arson and insurance fraud in Northern Norwich
*2002 arrest of two suspects for the theft of an ATV in Smithville
*the 2002 involvement in the Wlasiuk Homicide Investigation in Guilford
*A 2005 fatal plane crash on Route 12 in the Town of Norwich

"Deputy Dwight Meade is an extremely dedicated member of the Sheriff's Office and he will be greatly missed," added Sheriff Cutting.

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