Deana Hudgins, research associate in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) who is also the president and executive director of Ohio Search and Recovery Canines (OSAR K9), received the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Director’s Community Leadership Award on March 8 in Cincinnati. The honor, set to be formally recognized by FBI Director Christopher Wray in Washington, D.C., in May, goes to individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions to the prevention of crime and violence. OSAR K9 provides nationally certified K-9 search teams to law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency agencies free of charge.
Hudgins “has worked closely with the FBI Cincinnati Evidence Response Team, special agents, and law enforcement partners to help locate victims, bring healing to their families, and move investigations forward,” Special Agent in Charge Todd Wickerham said. “Her tireless efforts are an enormous service to the community and law enforcement.”