EBRSO sergeant first-ever recipient of Nick Tullier Strong Award

At the annual East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office award ceremony Thursday, the department handed out the first-ever award named after fallen deputy, Sgt. Nick Tullier.

The Nicholas Tullier Strong Award is awarded to employees who are role models for their coworkers through their professionalism and work ethic, as well as an inspiration to the community through their selfless acts of kindness. 

Tullier served the Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Tullier died in 2022, nearly six years after he answered a call to protect and serve and was hurt in the field. He is survived by his parents, James and Mary and his sons Gage and Trenton. 

The award was presented to Sgt. Jennifer Gonzalez. According to the sheriff’s office, Gonzalez has exhibited the qualities of an effective trainer and motivator. Her work reflects her passion for wanting others in this profession to perform and retain the information set forth. She transferred to the section last year as a “born trainer.”

Gonzalez’ contributions of personal stories and experience along with her relatable personality, captivated attendees of procedural justice training. Gonzales has also taken on the responsibility of becoming a physical fitness trainer, a defensive tactics instructor, certified in SSGT, a CPR instructor, a range safety officer and will soon be a POST-certified instructor. 

“Sgt. Gonzalez embodies the Sheriff’s Office mission and exemplifies what it is to be a true public servant on and off duty,” it said in the news release.

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