Judge Pazzo

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, Rogers County District Judge Stephen Pazzo and Rogers County Undersheriff John Sappington.

Empathy and compassion in a sensitive situation earned Judge Stephen Pazzo special recognition by the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.

This week, Sheriff Scott Walton and Undersheriff John Sappington hand-delivered a special recognition award to the judge, praising his actions on an incident they said happened on Nov. 20.

RCSO says on that date deputies were required to transport an elderly man from one nursing home facility to another, on a directive from Adult Protective Services in “an attempt to provide the individual with improved measures and resources.”

The award says:

“As deputies arrived at the location and were in the process of handling the arrangements, they were confronted with a sensitive situation in which the very strong-willed gentleman absolutely refused to be moved from one facility to the other. After nearly two hours of desperate attempts with no success and no apparent alternatives, Judge Pazzo intervened by speaking with the emotionally disturbed man on the telephone.”

Deputies said during this phone call the judge displayed “a sense of empathy and compassion” and was “eloquent in the manner he eventually convinced the resident to accompany deputies to the intended nursing home facility.”

Pazzo stayed on the phone with the distressed man for an hour, “diminishing the troubled man’s anxiety” and thereby aiding the deputies in their duties.