Deputy Scott Ward
Every SSGT Instructor Course includes a teach-back section. During teach-back, the instructor candidate(s) teach a technique or series of techniques to his or her fellow trainers. At the end of teach-back the fellow trainers will determine, by vote, which individual had the best overall presentation. The winner of the competition will be deemed “Top-Notch Instructor” of the class.
In honor of a fallen Brother:
Baldwin County, AL Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Ward was killed in the line of duty November 23, 2012. He was a great law enforcement officer and a fantastic instructor. He was involved with SSGT for many years and was a great proponent of training. After a period of time out of training, Scott returned to the training division and sought re-certification in SSGT. He attended SSGT Vanguard Level One certification November 12-16, 2012 and was voted “Top-Notch Instructor” by his classmates. This was one week before his death. I am proud to have trained with Scott as he was a friend to me and the law enforcement community.
As a result, I am re-naming the “Top-Notch Instructor Competition”. It will now be known as the “Deputy Scott Ward Top-Notch Instructor Competition” in memory of Scott and his dedication to and belief in training.
Deputy Scott Ward and his sacrifice will not be forgotten!
Johnny Lee Smith
SSGT Founder and President