Sheriff’s Deputy Christina Fischer is a woman with diverse interests.
She is co-chair of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Hoarding Task Force, a co-founder of the South-Central Kansas Animal Justice Coalition, and she volunteers with Caring Hearts, a group that helps the needy in the Maize area.
But she was recognized Wednesday for her work as a community police officer when she was named the winner of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office’s 2011 Michael Reele Award.
The Sheriff’s Office presents the award annually to an employee who exemplifies the department’s core values of integrity, duty, ethics, attitude, leadership and service.
“Her positive work ethic and attitude are contagious,” Sheriff Bob Hinshaw said during a ceremony at the Sedgwick County Courthouse. “She approaches this job with an attitude of not just solving the problem at hand, but she wants to figure out the underlying cause in order to prevent the problem in the future.
Fischer is a 2000 graduate of Maize High School, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Wichita State University. She joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2007.
The award was created in honor of Deputy Mike Reele, who died of leukemia on May 14, 2002.
Among those attending the event were Reele’s parents, Joe and Jan Reele of Buffalo, N.Y., and his brother, Niagara County, N.Y., sheriff’s Deputy Marc Reele.
Other awards were presented Wednesday to reserve of the year Roger Taylor, cadet of the year Catee Christian and citizen volunteer of the year Robert Burch.