The Sacramento Police Department hosted an awards ceremony today to recognize more than two dozen of its employees and volunteers.
The annual event is designed to honor "those that work tirelessly to keep our community safe," said Officer Doug Morse.
The 17 officers who received the bronze medal of valor are: Officers Mike Blessing, Gary Dahl, Andy Davis, Natalie Duckham, Todd Edgerton, Kevin Griffin, Doug Rosin, Michael Severi, Ryan Trefethen, Randy Van Dusen, Ray Villegas and Steve Walters; sergeants Greg Brown, Adam Green, John Lightfoot and Mike Nichols; and Lt. Dennis Joy.
Six received the life-saving award: Dispatcher Esther Beard and officers Todd Cook, Marc Milligan, John Pullen, Jeremy Ratcliffe and Mark Redlich.
Dispatcher Sarah Kern was honored as the department's professional staff member of the year. She was recognized for her work establishing a nonprofit organization called the Sacramento Community Cares Program, which offers short-term emergency assistance to those in need. Read The Bee's story about that program.
Dispatcher Shawn Gaynor received the distinguished service award. Wilkie Liang was honored as the volunteer of the year, and Arden Fair Mall was named the agency's business partner of the year.
Morse said the individuals who received awards were directly responsible for the saving of a life or for the performance of emergency aid to prolong a life, or performed "effective, efficient, and valuable service" to the department.
Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Police Department.