3 A Sheriff's office salute .. to 3 officers for their work in the investigation of the kidnapping and murder of 8 year old Cherish Perrywinkle. On June 21st of last year .. the child was abducted from a Walmart - her body was found the next morning. Donald Smith is awaiting trial in her death. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem covered the ceremony where one the officers described the role played by his K-9. 3 3 3 00-0729-3543-49101-107117- 122The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office admitted after an internal investigation mistakes were made in how some personnel handled the case, but some officers did solid police work in their efforts to try to find the little girl. The Sheriff recognized three officers during this month's Meritorious Awards Ceremony. One of them is K9 officer Charlie Winkle, who with the help of Gator, found Cherish's body literally minutes after the arrest of Donald Smith. Officer Wilkie talked to us about how his K9 helps him in many cases..Officer Charlie Wilkie, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office 34:19 They are extremely helpful they can do the work of seven or eight officers the dogs' noses are so sensitive they can smell up to 63 square feet from where they standA citizen, Brenda Fillingim, was also honored. She called in a tip that led JSO to that area.Sheriff John Rutherford, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office 31:59 Citizens can help us really drive down crime in our community solve as in this case a very major casesTwo officers also received lifesaving awards for separate incidents where their efforts directly resulted in saving a life...we spoke to one of the honorees...Officer Thomas Edwards.Thomas Edwards, 25 years with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office 28:37 Very surreal I told Mr. Cutliff that I was the tool that God put me in that spot and he had something else to accomplish on this earth before he left. Officer Edwards saved David Cutliff's life by performing CPR...Cutliff was also at the ceremony.David Cutliff, Life Saved by T.C. Edwards 30:36 I had to thank him for about eight broken ribs as well so ..you big guy you...There were many other awards given out at the ceremony...the Sheriff says he hopes by rewarding officers that others around them will work hard for recognition as well. AM C4 TLS.