July Sworn Team Members of the Month

Sworn Team Member of the MonthSworn Team Member of the Month

Jonathan T. (J.T.) Wilson and John J. West
Corporal                          Corporal
Missouri State Highway Patrol

July Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Debbie Pingel 
Restorative Aide
Missouri Veterans Commission

Corporals J.T. Wilson and John West, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control, are the July 2021 DPS Sworn Team Members of the Month for their fine criminal investigative work that led to multiple sexual assault and child pornography charges.

On Feb. 5, 2021, J.T. and John were contacted by two citizens at Troop E Headquarters in Poplar Bluff. They suspected that a Ripley County man was in possession of child pornography and was stealing children’s undergarments from area homes.

J.T. and John immediately contacted the suspect at his residence. Utilizing their interviewing skills and investigative experience, J.T. and John got the suspect to confess to possessing child pornography on his cellphone and to stealing the undergarments of young girls for his sexual gratification. During a second interview, the suspect admitted to molesting five children.

J.T. and John’s outstanding criminal investigation resulted in the suspect being charged with multiple counts of child molestation and possession of child pornography. Their hard work and dedication prevented a child predator from having the ability to victimize other children.

Debbie Pingel, of the Missouri Veterans Home – Cape Girardeau, is the DPS July 2021 Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month. Debbie was chosen because she’s the ultimate team player, willing to fill in anywhere she’s needed at any time, which makes an incredible difference for MVC veterans and her coworkers.

Debbie began with the Missouri Veterans Commission in November 1994. During her 27 years at the Cape Girardeau Home she has changed roles several times. She began as a Certified Nursing Assistant, transitioned to therapy aide, and is now a restorative aide. No matter the job title, Debbie has always provided compassionate care and has enthusiastically filled gaps whenever help was needed.

During the pandemic response, Debbie reported early to work to administer rapid COVID-19 tests and perform temperature checks when assistance was needed. No one was surprised because in the past she has assisted with housekeeping and in the laundry when staff members were unavailable. She’s even helped clean up outside the home when help was needed.

Debbie lives the Missouri Veterans Commission’s vision by providing high-quality care in all she does.


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