HOUSTON, Tex. (KBTX) - The 100 Club hosted its 65th annual Heroes Awards banquet in Houston Thursday night.
Fifty-seven law enforcement officers and 12 firefighters were celebrated for exceptional achievement. The men and women recognized are nominated by their peers.
Two investigators with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office have received Officer of the Year awards, Laura Buttgenbach and Trey Oldham.
Among her achievements, Buttgenbach leads the Criminal Investigations Division in the recovery of stolen property. She's obtained the most search and arrest warrants for burglary and theft investigations and helped another agency with undercover prostitution stings that ended with multiple arrests.
Oldham investigates all crimes against children for Brazos County. Colleagues say he is a strong voice for the young survivors and works to bring them justice. Oldham was also instrumental in bringing a program to Brazos County that tracks registered sex offenders and makes sure they're compliant with laws.
Lieutenant Michael Mize with the Navasota Police Department has also been named Officer of the Year. He and two federal agents are being credited with the success of a five-year large scale operation targeting weapons and drug trafficking in Madison, Grimes, Brazos, Walker and Montgomery Counties. Their intensive work led to the arrest and conviction of 71 defendants, including prominent drug dealers, suppliers, and murderers.