SURPRISE! HILLIARD OFFICER NAMED HOMETOWN HERO . . Not every hero wears a cape. Some wear motorcycle boots. One of Hilliard’s finest is being recognized as a Central Ohio hero. Officer Brandon Long has been named October’s Hometown Hero by Sunny 95 and CME Federal Credit Union. The organizations team up every month to recognize an individual in Central Ohio who makes their community special. “Brandon shares the Core Values of our agency: Integrity, Commitment, Cooperation and Professionalism,” said Hilliard Chief of Police Robert Fisher. “We are proud to have him representing Hilliard police, and are grateful to Sunny 95 and CME for recognizing his service.” Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt said Long serves the community in many ways both within and outside the agency. “Brandon has left an impact on our community through the many interactions he has had with the public, whether on the job or in a volunteer capacity,” said Schonhardt. “We’re proud to say community service is our business in Hilliard." Officer Long joined the Hilliard Division of Police in March 2011. A U.S. Air Force Veteran, he is a graduate of the Ohio State Patrol Academy. He has served in numerous roles during his six years at the agency, including as a patrol officer, member of the Crash Investigation Team, and — most recently — as a member of the agency’s Traffic Safety Unit, serving the public on one of the agency’s Victory motorcycles. Notably, Officer Long has completed Crisis Intervention Team Core Training (CIT), is a member of the Mid-Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management team and has participated in Critical Incident Stress Management, gaining awareness to better assist others, including fellow officers, in crisis. “He has become the agency’s go-to guy any time there is an individual in crisis,” said his supervisor. Additionally, Officer Long is bilingual, and has been called upon by other agencies with Spanish-speaking individuals. In one case, he gained information on a kidnapping case from an individual who spoke no English. Supervisors have noted Officer Long brings initiative to every shift. Even on the slowest of nights working third shift, he can be heard on the radio removing signs or notifying citizens of open garage doors. Officer Long is a familiar face in the Hilliard community. A 1998 graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School, he is a community advocate — especially for Special Olympics. He organizes the agency’s Special Olympics Torch Run and participates in the final leg of the Ohio run. To boost morale and relationships with neighboring agencies, as well as raise awareness for men’s health issues, he organized a No-Shave contest known as Movember at the agency. Additionally, he has volunteered at a shelter delivering meals, and participated in agency programs such as National Night Out, Autism Awareness Day, Citizens Police Academy, Shop with A Cop and Safety Town — where he is a favorite among the children for his take on “Retro Bill.” His passion for the job has not gone unnoticed by others. Officer Long has received the Community Service Award from the Hilliard Optimist Club, an Achievement Citation Award for his involvement arresting s burglar with a long criminal history, and the Community Service Award and Mayor’s Award from Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt. Most recently, Officer Long starred in the agency-made video re-enacting the opening montage of the classic television show “CHIPS,” complete with the theme song and substituting Hilliard’s roundabouts for the Los Angeles freeway interchanges. He is a fine example of an individual who has led a life of service in his hometown. Officer Long isn’t the first Hilliard police officer to receive the award. Officer Hyda Slone, who serves the agency as a Community Outreach officer, won the award in 2014. For more information, contact public relations specialist Andrea Litchfield at 614-334-2351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.