Wagoner County Deputy receives Oklahoma Star of Valor
On 09-19-2020 Wagoner County Deputy D. Watkins with the 2120th Engineer Company in the Oklahoma National Guard was presented the Oklahoma Star of Valor from General Thompson. Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott was given the opportunity to speak about Deputy Watkins actions and his service with the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office.
Army Sgt. D. Watkins was awarded the Star of Valor for his actions taking place while working as the K9 Deputy for the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office. While on shift Deputy Watkins was dispatched to a vacant residence that was on fire. Upon his arrival he observed the neighboring residence had also caught on fire as well. Deputy Watkins knew the second residence was not vacant and ran into the residence and was able to wake up the elderly female inside the residence. Additionally, he was able to rescue her and two dogs.
Deputy Watkins began his military career August of 2007 when he enlisted while still attending High School. He deployed to Afghanistan and completed two campaigns during 2011 and 2012. Upon returning home Watkins began working for the Sheriff's Office as a Detention Officer and was promoted to Deputy January 2014. While reenlisting in the National Guard. Sgt. Watkins performed both duties working full time at the sheriff's office and working in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Every member of the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office would like to share how proud we are of Deputy Watkins for his service to his country and his heroic actions in saving a citizen.