Anaheim PD, ‘like no other work family,’ celebrates good work of its employees

By Shawn Price

Still in uniform or in suits, plenty of Anaheim police officers and staff looked as if they were at work at the City National Grove on Thursday, May 18.

But everyone was there to celebrate.

The APD’s 2017 Awards & Retirement Ceremony is one night when agency personnel get to blow off steam and show support for the good work of their colleagues while wishing others farewell.

Police Chief Raul Quezada thanked the many family members in attendance for their own sacrifices supporting those in duty.

Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada makes a few remarks during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

“Many birthdays, holidays and other special events are often missed as a result of the job,” Quezada said. “Despite this, you continue to support your loved ones and often handle the special events on your own. No one outside of law enforcement can truly understand the sacrifices the entire family makes when one is employed by or volunteers for a police department. For this, I thank you.”

Quezada also declared Anaheim Police “is like no other work family,” defined for decades by a sense of “community, teamwork and excellence.”

Much of that was on display at the ceremony at the Grove with the honorees as follows:

DIVISION EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR

Administration Division

Officer of the Year: Sgt. Matt Adrian

Officer of the Year in the Administration Division Sgt. Matt Adrian is recognized during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Employee of the Year: Kerrstyn Vega

Employee of the Year in the Administration Division Kerrstyn Vega is recognized by Capt. Jarret Young during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Chief’s Division

Officer of the Year: Sgt. Daron Wyatt

Officer of the Year in the Chief’s Division Sgt. Daron Wyatt is recognized during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Community Services Division

Officer of the Year: Lt. Tim Schmidt

Officer of the Year in the Community Services Division Lt. Tim Schmidt is recognized during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Employee of the Year: Jilene Melendez

Employee of the Year in the Community Services Division Jilene Melendez is recognized by Capt. Eric Carter during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Field Services Division

Officer of the Year: John Roman

Officer of the Year in the Field Services Division John Roman is recognized during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Employee of the Year: Erlie Nario

Employee of the Year in the Field Services Division Erlie Nario is recognized by Capt. Steve Marcin during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Investigations Division

Detective of the Year: James Pewsey

Detective of the Year in the Investigations Division James Pewsey is recognized by Deputy Chief Julian Harvey during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Employee of the Year: Janet Pomeroy

Employee of the Year in the Investigations Division Janet Pomeroy is recognized by Deputy Chief Julian Harvey during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Special Enforcement Division

Investigator of the Year: Greg Snell

Employee of the Year: David Marquez

Employee of the Year in the Special Enforcement Division David Marquez is recognized during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Support Services Division

Employee of the Year: Joseph Hockenberry

Employee of the Year in the Support Services Division Joseph Hockenberry is recognized by Deputy Chief Julian Harvey during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

HAROLD A. BASTRUP EXPLORER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Karina Trujillo

Karina Trujillo is recognized as the Explorer of the Year during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

RANDALL W. GASTON COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS

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Sgt. Brennan Leininger

Sgt. Brennan Leninger is recognized with the Community Service Award during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

VFW Officers of the Year

Officer Ed Arevalo

The VFW Officer of the Year Ed Arevalo is presented with the award by City Council members Stephen Faessel and Kris Murray during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

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Dispatcher Catherine Cowhey

Randall W. Gaston Community Service Award winners Officer Ed Arevalo, third from left, Dispatcher Catherine Cowhey and Sgt. Brennan Leninger pose for a photo with City Council members Lucille Kring, left, Kris Murray, Denise Burden and Stephen Faessel during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

The VFW Officer of the Year Ed Arevalo poses for a photo with City Council members Stephen Faessel ,left, Kris Murray, Lucille Kring and Denise Barnes during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

COMMUNITY MEMBER RECOGNITION

West District: Nathan Zug

Nathan Zug is presented with the Community Member Recognition Award for the East District District by Chief Raul Quezada and Deputy Chief Julian Harvey during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Central District: Ashley White

Ashley White is presented with the Community Member Recognition Award for the Central District during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

East District: Lisa Lewis

Lisa Lewis is presented with the Community Member Recognition Award for the West District District during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

APA SURVIVORS & SCHOLARSHIP FUND RECIPIENTS

Carson Ciscel

Hunter Cooper

Jessica Helmick

Jessica Yepes

Scholarship fund recipients Hunter Cooper and Jessica Yepes are presented with checks by Financial Advisor Ryan Hawkins during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

LIFESAVING AWARDS

Recipients of the Lifesaving Awards take the stage during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Lt. Tracy Hittesdorf

Officer Eric Anderson

Officer Adrian Capacete

Officer Scott Eden

Officer Alisha Halczyn

Officer David Hill

Officer Anthony Karg

Officer Kenny Lee

Officer Andy Miller

Officer Cory Reinmiller

Officer Justin Sutherlin

Officer Lorenzo Uribe

Officer Shiao Wang

Officer Daniel Wolfe

JOSEPH T. MOLLOY CAREER ACHIEVEMENT

Division Commander Shelley McKerren

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Sgt. Daniel Gonzalez

Sgt. Nathan Stauber

Investigator Rick Mangarin

Investigator Greg Snell

Officer Cory Reinmiller

Officer Ryan Schmidt

Officer Lorenzo Uribe

Officer Ryan Wardle

Officer Justin Sutherlin

Officer Ken Weber

RETIRING

Retiring members of the Anaheim Police department are recognized for their work during Thursday’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Correctional Officer Arnold Alvarado (26 years of service)

Correctional Officer Rhonda Bruns-Alexander (24 years)

Communications Supervisor LeeAnn Cameron (30 years)

Det. Rodney Elliott (17 years)

Retiring Det. Rodney Elliot is recognized by Chief Raul Quezada during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Investigator Richard Estrada (23 years)

Retiring Investigator Richard Estrada is recognized by Chief Raul Quezada during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Officer Yesenia Escobar (8 years)

Retiring Officer Yesenia Escobar is recognized by Chief Raul Quezada during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Sgt. Michael Fernandez (20 years)

Retiring Sgt. Michael Fernandez is recognized by Chief Raul Quezada during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Sgt. Kasey Geary (29 years)

Retiring Sgt. Kasey Geary makes a few remarks as he is recognized during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Officer Ruben Gomez (17 years)

Retiring Officer Ruben Gomez is recognized by Chief Raul Quezada during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Officer Jeffrey “JJ” Imperial (23 years)

Sgt. William Jefferson (30 years)

Lt. James Kazakos (25 years)

Office Specialist II Elizabeth Lomeli (35 years)

PSR Rachael Lozano (32 years)

Officer Glenn Marumoto (15 years)

Officer Anthony Silvestri (22 years)

Retiring Officer Anthony Silvestri makes a few remarks as he is recognized during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Forensic Supervisor Mark Sveinson (31 years)

Helicopter Mechanic Eugene Vagnone (10 years)

Det. David Watson (27 years)

UNIT OF THE YEAR

Gang Detail

Gang Detail named Unit of the Year during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo courtesy of APD

Anaheim Police Department Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Master of Ceremony Michael Villani makes a few remarks at the start of Thursday’s event at City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Dyan Hobday sings the National Anthem during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos

Abigail Vasquez sings “A Moment Like This” during the Anaheim Police Department’s Annual Awards and Promotions Ceremony Thursday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos