Some Lynchburg pawn shop employees are being thanked for helping solve a crime.

Sean Hardy and Cheryl Carter were given a "meritorious service award" this afternoon from the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.

They work at Lynchburg Pawn and helped investigators catch a murder suspect.

Robert Philbrook went to their store last February, trying to sell jewelry and other items belonging to his murdered grandparents.

Hardy and Carter gave deputies crucial information that led to Philbrook's arrest.

"I feel it's important to recognize when somebody goes above and beyond and does something they really don't have to do to help us," said Campbell county sheriff, Steve Hutcherson.

The sheriff's office gives out awards every year to citizens and employees of the department.

In addition to honoring Hardy and Carter Friday, they also recognized retiring deputy Melvin Elder.  Deputy Josh Gryder was commended for catching the most drunk drivers on Campbell county roads in 2013.

Chris Fannon, a Campbell County citizen, was given the sheriff's life saving award.  Vicki Guthrie, a records manager for the department, received a department commendation.

31 employees were also given awards for not taking any sick days last year.