Clarksville and Montgomery County first responders were recognized for service at the Clarksville Civitan Club’s annual public safety awards luncheon March 11. 

The Civitan Club held the ceremony that named five responders, who put in extraordinary service in the previous year. 

Clarksville Civitan president Donna Sabash announced each winner for his or her outstanding efforts in the previous year and how they served the residents and community of Clarksville and Montgomery County in their given jobs. 

The Clarksville Civitan Club’s 2019 honorees were: 

Clarksville police Detective Dennis Honholt was named the 2019 Clarksville police officer of the year.

Honholt cares a lot about his responsibility to create positive interactions between the department and the community. Honholt voluntarily manages the department’s Explorer’s program for teenagers. He also spends his own time managing the police union in Clarksville. 

Two of the events he oversees each year are Shop with a Cop and Cops and Bobbers. 

Honholt’s “above and beyond” incident involved a kidnapping incident in May 2019 that involved a trucker and a woman, which led to charges for the man who allegedly had thousands of child pornographic images on his phone.

Clarksville Fire Rescue firefighter Whitmel Sharrock Cobb IV was named 2019 Clarksville firefighter of the year.

Cobb has worked with Clarksville Fire Rescue for 13 years. In addition to his compassion displayed toward others in his daily routine as a firefighter, Cobb serves as the head coach for the girls wrestling team at Clarksville High School. He formerly served as the boys wrestling team at Clarksville High School. 

Cobb is a certified instructor and trainer of firefighters as they train in various aspects in their field. He continues to help train other firefighters in both Clarksville and Montgomery County. 

Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency’s T.J. Mobley was named 2019 EMA volunteer firefighter of the year

Mobley is referred to as a reliable firefighter who is always respectful and demonstrates professionalism on the job. 

Mobley responded to a fire in September where a victim was trapped inside a home. When Mobley arrived, he could see the homeowner inside the house on the floor and not moving.

Mobley entered through the side door and was immediately met with heavy black smoke and flames. He was able to pull the victim out of the home.

The homeowner sustained burns and smoke inhalation but made a full recovery, thanks to the training, confidence and bravery of Mobley. 

Montgomery County Emergency Medical Service’s Lt. Carlos Elliott was named 2019 EMS technician of the year.

Elliott has worked with EMS since 1996 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2007. In 2010, Elliott took on the oversight of the department’s fleet of 50 vehicles. 

In addition to keeping the fleet maintained, Elliott helps manage the department’s 30 employees and also responds to emergency calls. 

Public service runs in Elliott’s family. His father served for years on the Clarksville police force. 

Montgomery County sheriff’s Deputy Chad Smith was named 2019 Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy of the year. 

Smith is a school resource officer for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Smith has reportedly taken outstanding measures to secure the safety and security at the school where he works. He incorporated drills and provided safety bags in every classroom. 

He trains regularly with faculty and staff on safe measures faced in the school, including how to respond in an actual emergency situation.

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