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A. DeWade Langley 

Jessica Brown
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 12/20/06                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           


Tulsa Area Lawman Honored

OSBI Deputy Inspector Dennis Franchini was recently awarded the bureau’s top honor – Agent of the Year.  Director DeWade Langley and Oklahoma City News Anchor Linda Cavanaugh presented Franchini the award during the annual OSBI awards banquet December 14th at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Franchini, based out of the Tulsa Regional Office, won the award for his years of work helping solve the homicide case of Pawnee County Sheriff Dwight Woodrell.  Woodrell was shot to death at Spess Oil Company in Cleveland, Oklahoma, on October 13, 2001.  OSBI took the case with no leads.  After over 600 interviews and more than five years, murder charges were filed against two defendants both of whom are now serving lengthy sentences for their convictions in that murder.

Franchini spent countless hours away from his family and went above and beyond the call of duty in order to bring justice to a fellow fallen officer.  His diligence and perseverance epitomizes the qualities for which every OSBI employee strives.

You are welcome to use a picture of Franchini receiving his award by logging on to the OSBI website at www.osbi.ok.gov.