Springfield police sergeant honored for commitment to children

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A longtime Springfield law enforcement officer was honored Friday for his work with child victims and his cooperation with the Clark County Child Advocacy Center.

Springfield Police Division Sgt. Jeff Flores received the Distinguished Service Award from the advocacy center. He said it’s not easy working with children who are victimized, but protecting kids is rewarding.

“It’s heart wrenching to see what these kids are put through and what people can do to an innocent victim,” he said.

Clark County Child Advocacy Center Director Wendy Holt said the organization plays an important part in making sure children are protected following an incident.

“Children only need to be interviewed one time,” Holt said. “They don’t have to travel from agency to agency, which can be very traumatizing. We are all about reducing trauma to the child.”

She said Flores has dedicated himself to the organization and making sure kids are safe.

“It is very well deserving,” she said. “He has truly shown compassion, commitment and dedication to the child advocacy model.”

Former Clark County Prosecutor Stephen Schumaker handed Flores the award Friday. Flores is a calm officer who always takes his job seriously and had a soft spot for kids, said Schumaker, who now works at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

“Time and time again, I saw his dedication,” Schumaker said. “As years have gone by I got to know Jeff in incredible situations. I saw him try to handle some of the most difficult situations.”

Flores said the recognition by the Clark County Child Advocacy Center is an honor.

“I appreciate that,” he said. “I have been surrounded by great people. This is a great organization and we are lucky to have it.”

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