(WOIO) - Akron police detective Sergeant Brain Harding received the "Lt John 'Ed' Duvall Detective of the Year Award" for his tenacity, commitment and integrity in investigating crimes against children.
Sergeant Harding was given the award this morning during a ceremony honoring the late Lt. John 'Ed' Duvall at the Summit County Child Services on South Arlington Street.
The award was created in 2008 to recognize Duvall, who led the effort in the mid-1990s to coordinate the efforts of medical, social and law enforcement officials typically assigned to investigate child-abuse cases.
The award is sponsored by the Akron Police Department, Children Services and Akron Children's Hospital.
Sergeant Harding joined the police department in August of 1995 and is currently assigned to the Child Abuse and Missing Persons Units where he supervises over 200 abuse cases and 200 missing person's cases each year.
He was named to the Governor's Task Force to establish the Amber Alert Program in the State of Ohio; works with Summit County on the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) and was recently nominated to be a trainer for the National Unidentified Decedent Data System (NAMUS).