GLENDALE -- Hundreds of people met at the Hilton Glendale Thursday to
show their appreciation for those who serve the city.
Thirty-five officers and 10 citizens were honored at the Glendale
Police Appreciation and Awards Luncheon, hosted by Glendale Citizens for
Law and Order.
“Frankly, after 30 years in law enforcement, I’m personally very much
in awe and still inspired by their activities,” Chief Russell Siverling
said. "[They] make all our badges brighter.”
Sgt. Mario Marchman, who serves as president of the Glendale Police
Officers Assn., was named Officer of the Year. Over the past year, he has
served as the lead tactical instructor for the department, training
officers in rapid-deployment response, officer-down rescues and more.
The 2002 Reserve Officer of the Year title went to Gary Dunger, who
worked more than 480 hours in 2001 -- essentially staffing a patrol car
for 48 days. Reserve officers receive just $1 a year for their service.
Mary Velasquez and Evelyn Dizon were selected as co-recipients of the
Civilian of the Year for their commitment to the department and the
Dick Kemp, a retired architect, was named Volunteer of the Year for
his work on the new police headquarters, which is set to open this fall.
Officer Stephen Clough was awarded the Gold Medal of Heroism for
apprehending an armed robbery suspect. Sgt. Todd Anderson and Officer
Patrick Richardson were awarded the Distingushed Service Award for their
heroism in the same incident.
Members of the Efren Saldivar investigation and prosecutors were
granted Distinguished Service Awards: Capt. Jerry Stolze; sergeants John
Todd Anderson, John McKillop, Randy Osborne, Dennis Smith and Todd
Stokes; investigators Will Currie, Anthony Futia, Dan Hinojosa, Maribel
Ortega-Sumner and Mario Yagoda; Dr. Brian Andreson; forensics technicians
Renee Freeman and Gilbert Rodriguez; deputy district attorneys Al
MacKenzie and Karla Kerlin; Deputy City Atty. Carmen Merino; retired
Capt. Mike Post; officers Patrick Richardson, Michael Toledo and Tigran
Topadzhikyan; secretary Louise Saiz; Carlos Santos of Information
Services; and Lt. Donald Shade.
Divisional Commendations went to Community Service Officer Farah Leon,
Agent Dan Johnston, and officers Lola Abrahamian, Dean Bowman, Jim
Flores, Michael Glassick and Tim Spruill.
Citizen Commendations went to Michael Henderson, Sergio Olivarez, Ric
Nesmith and Kevin Rindner.
Marksmanship awards were granted to Marchman (first place); Ernie
Garcia (second place) and Gary Montecuollo (third place). Garcia took the
honor of No Second Chance Top Shooter.