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Yellow Springs Police Officer Naomi Penrod was honored April 28 for her work with abused and neglected children. She received a "Child Advocate of the Year" award from Greene County Children Services. She's shown at the awards breakfast with Yellow Springs Police Chief John Grote and Village Administrative Assistant Ruthe Ann Lillich. (Submitted photo)

Yellow Springs Police Officer Naomi Penrod was honored April 28 for her work with abused and neglected children. She received a "Child Advocate of the Year" award from Greene County Children Services. She's shown at the awards breakfast with Yellow Springs Police Chief John Grote and Village Administrative Assistant Ruthe Ann Lillich. (Submitted photo)

YS officer honored for child advocacy

Yellow Springs Police Officer Naomi Penrod was honored Thursday, April 28, as the Child Advocate of the Year in the law enforcement category at the 7th annual “Blue Ribbon Breakfast” hosted by the Greene County Children Services.

The annual breakfast is held in April to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the ceremony, Child Advocate of the Year awards are presented to a single person in each of three categories: community, law enforcement and children services. About 130 people attended the event, at the Schindler Banquet Center in Xenia.

In the award presentation speech by Ohio State Representative Bob Hackett, Penrod was cited as an officer who “is known to frequently go above and beyond her duties as a police officer to keep children safe.” Penrod was also honored for her work assisting Greene County Children Services with numerous cases, and her willingness to be present at court appearances even when not working to provide information vital to protecting children. She was also honored for working “countless hours” with Michael’s House, a Fairborn child advocacy center that works to improve the delivery of services to children affected by abuse and neglect.

“As a result of her dedication, she has played an important role in protecting many children in Greene County from further abuse and neglect,” Hackett said.

Penrod has been with the Yellow Springs police department since 2008.

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