Lake Norman Chamber honors North Mecklenburg Police Officers

Officers from Huntersville, Davidson, and Cornelius recognized at Public Safety Luncheon

Published Tuesday, October 22, 2019

At the 2019 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Luncheon, Presented by Wells Fargo Bank and supported by CPCC and Lake Norman Publications, three Outstanding Police Officers from the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville were singled out for their extraordinary performance.  Each officer was selected by their respective Police Chiefs and honored along with three Outstanding Fire Department Officers.

The program, emceed by Lake Norman Chamber President and CEO Bill Russell, took place at Northstone Country Club with approximately 90 business and community leaders in attendance.

The following is the write up on each officer submitted by their respective Police Chief:

Officer of the Year from Cornelius

Corporal Jeremy Sapp

Pictured with Mayor Woody Washam, Cornelius Police Chief Kevin Black, and Chamber Board Chair Tricia Sisson

Corporal Jeremy Sapp has been employed with the Cornelius Police Department since 2015 and recently received his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate.  He was promoted to the rank of Corporal on this spring and was assigned to our Support Services Division as the department’s Recruiter. 

Immediately he was faced with the challenge of filling 10 full-time sworn vacancies.  Corporal Sapp enthusiastically embraced the challenge and hit ground running. Over the next few months he worked diligently, improving hiring efficiencies and deploying improved hiring strategies.  Today, thanks to Corporal Sapp’s hard work, the department has only two full-time vacancies. 

Corporal Sapp is not only a hard worker but a team player.  He works well with all Town staff and is well liked and respected by his subordinates, peers and supervisors.  Anytime you run into Corporal Sapp, no matter how hard or stressful his day may be, he always has a smile on his face and speaks with enthusiasm.  On behalf of all the men and women of the Cornelius Police Department Chief Kevin Black nominates Corporal Jeremy Sapp for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Officer of the Year. 


Officer of the Year from Davidson

Detective Vernon Siders, Jr.

Pictured with Mayor Rusty Knox, Lt Jay Stokes representing Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn, and Chamber Board Chair Tricia Sisson

Detective Vernon Siders, Jr. is being honored for his dedication to the community of Davidson and surrounding communities.  Every year Detective Siders coordinates all logistics involving the department’s National Night Out event, Davidson Town Day, and pop-up events around town. We all know the importance of National Night Out and building partnerships with the residents we serve.  He also participates annually in the Cone with a Cop, Davidson K-8 Tigers on the Prowl, Cub Scouts Pack 58 events, and the new Distracted Driving event.

Detective Siders is always willing to help others before himself. Detective Siders is a requested speaker for mental health policing, suicide prevention, Rotary Club of Lake Norman and the Mental Health Association of the Carolinas, Davidson lifeline, police Crisis Intervention Training, and youth empowerment services.

Detective Siders always makes time to mentor kids and adults throughout the year.  He is admired for his courage and dedication to helping others and sharing his personal experience to save lives.

This year Detective Siders took physical measures to save a life when his next-door neighbor collapsed.  The man’s grandchild knocked on Vernon’s door asking for help very early in the morning.  Detective Siders was able to gain entry into the bathroom blocked when the man collapsed.  He rendered life saving measures until Fire and EMS arrived on scene.  The grandfather would not have survived without Vernon’s immediate response and actions.

 Detective Siders has never met a stranger which is a valuable quality to the Davidson Police Department.  Regardless of his workload and engagements Detective Siders never complains.  Vernon always puts others first and is well-respected not just by officers within the Police Department, but also the residents of Davidson. We are fortunate to have him as a member of our Department and a role model for the community and profession.


Officer of the Year from Huntersville

Sergeant Matt Dunker

Pictured with Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla, Major Barry Graham representing Huntersville Police Chief Bence Hoyle, and Chamber Board Chair Tricia Sisson

 On Saturday, May 4, 2019 Officer Jordan Sheldon, of the Mooresville Police Department, was killed in the line of Duty.

During the dates of May 4th-14th, 2019 several tasks had to be completed to prepare for and facilitate Officer Sheldon’s funeral arrangements and to ensure that the City of Mooresville had adequate police coverage.

As tasks and assignments came into the Emergency Operations Center the department relied very heavily on Sergeant Matt Dunker to find the resources that were needed to complete each task.

Sergeant Dunker facilitated every request with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

Sergeant Dunker located and coordinated staffing for every shift during this time utilizing assets from multiple law enforcement agencies in this region. In addition, he found staffing and other resources for events such as memorial services and the funeral procession through Mooresville. He ensured proper relief factors were scheduled in to allow those officers assisting proper breaks and meals.

 Had it not been for Sergeant Dunkers efforts during this event it would have been impossible to accomplish our mission and responsibilities.

 While many officers in the region volunteered during this difficult time, it was Officer Dunker behind the scenes locating assets and facilitating needs to accomplish the mission. 

The Town of Huntersville would like to thank Sergeant Dunker for the selfless effort that he put forth during this very difficult time. This was a very tedious assignment and his actions brought honor to the Huntersville Police Department.