Behind the Badge OC wins six Orange County Press Club awards

By Staff

Behind the Badge OC won three first place, a second place, a third place and an honorable mention Monday at the Orange County Press Club’s 2017 Excellence in Journalism Contest.

The site, which launched about three years ago, has earned 16 awards from the OCPC, including nine top honors for news and feature writing, news and feature photography and video. Photographer Steven Georges has won the club’s top news photo honors three years in a row.

This year’s awards include (with links to original stories):

First place, best news photo

Steven Georges

“Judges’ Comments: The depth of emotion and obvious love between (a woman and her husband) is simply outstanding. This certainly grips at the heartstrings!”

Nearly killed by DUI suspect, Orange police officer is humbled by outpouring of support

Third place, best feature photo

Tustin Police Chief Charles Celano crosses Pioneer Road as he leads kids to Peters Canyon Elementary School for the annual Walk to School campaign.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Steven Georges

Tustin PD takes a walk with elementary school students to encourage street safety

Honorable mention, best feature photo

Four-year-old Selah Greaney of La Habra prays for LHPD officers as she is held by her father, Alan Greaney, during a community gathering for La Habra PD officers.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Steven Georges

Through prayer and song, hundreds turn out to praise La Habra Police

First place, best news story, Advocacy Journalism

Jaimee Lynn Fletcher

VIDEO: Training, instinct save OCSD deputies from suicidal man who fired dozens of rounds from illegal automatic rifle

Second place, best news story, Advocacy Journalism 

Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, Bill Rams

BTB Special Report: 164 on-duty cops shot so far this year

Best News Feature Story, Advocacy Journalism  

Greg Hardesty

Shot six times, this officer made sure not to let the bad guy end the career he loves dearly