Jaycees Honor Deputy Vik Ohri with 2014 William G. Truesdale Award
The Alexandria Jaycees honored Deputy Vikas “Vik” Ohri (left) with the 2014 William G. Truesdale Award at a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, April 30. Undersheriff Tim Gleeson joined the Jaycees President Wayne Warner in presenting the award to Sergeant Joseph Pankey who accepted it on behalf of Deputy Ohri who was unable to attend. The award, presented as part of the annual Community Appreciation Night recognizing outstanding City employees, is named in honor of a deputy who was killed in the line of duty by an escaping prisoner in 1981.
Deputy Ohri serves in the Training Unit and is currently assigned as an instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. Prior to his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Ohri served eight years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps. He continued to serve in the USMC Reserves, retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant and fourth in command of a company of 250 marines.
After his active duty military service, Deputy Ohri taught algebra and geometry at W.T. Woodson High School for one year. He simultaneously began work on his Master’s Degree in Education before joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2003.
Deputy Ohri has served in several assignments with the Sheriff’s Office prior to earning his post at the Training Academy in 2007. He takes pride in having helped in the training of more than 1000 law enforcement recruits and says that his current assignment there really allows him to use both his law enforcement and military experience.
Deputy Ohri is an excellent instructor and role model for both recruits and staff at the Training Academy where the Executive Director and Basic Training Manager have commended his leadership and training skills. Deputy Ohri’s most recent recognition came from his stellar work in the 2013 Patrol Training program at the Academy where he was lauded for his “impressive leadership.” He is well regarded by his students and has consistently been successful in relating to the young people in his classes. Deputy Ohri’s positive approach to all situations and challenges has benefitted numerous trainees and made him a great asset to the Sheriff’s Office training effort.
Additionally in his personal time, Deputy Ohri is the head varsity lacrosse coach at John Champe High School in Loudoun County. Deputy Ohri has coached youth lacrosse teams for almost 20 years and is the director of his own non-profit lacrosse club which provides camps and travel teams for more than 150 boys and girls in the Dulles South area annually.
Congratulations to Deputy Ohri and to the other City employees who were recognized at the Jaycees’ Community Appreciation Night!