Recognition for Wheat Ridge officers

Staff report
Posted 6/25/18

The Wheat Ridge Police Department held its annual awards event recently and presented medals of valor and commendation awards on June 14. Some highlights included a special presentation to School …

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Recognition for Wheat Ridge officers

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The Wheat Ridge Police Department held its annual awards event recently and presented medals of valor and commendation awards on June 14. Some highlights included a special presentation to School Resource Officers Krista Cuney and Barry Malloy by Dr. Christopher Lee, Mountain View Youth Services Center Principal for their support of students and staff.

Division Chief James Lorentz also received the first ever Alzheimer’s Hero award presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. For a number of years, Lorentz has trained thousands of first responders across the state increasing their understanding and awareness of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well as autism.

Chief Dan Brennan presented a Medal of Valor to Officer Frank Gonzales for his “bravery and courageous action, even putting his own life in danger”, as he intervened in an attempted suicide on the bridge over I-70 at Ward Road. He used critical thinking skills to develop a plan to move close to the suicidal man and utilized his Critical Incident Training communication skills to deescalate the situation.

“When it looked as though the man was leaning forward to jump, he made the courageous decision to go hands on and pull the man to safety from the edge of the bridge,” said Chief Brennan.

The Chief’s Award as well as Medals/Letters of Commendation were presented to members of the Wheat Ridge Police Department who worked to implement two significant regionalization projects: the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority and the Regional Records Management Consortium NICHE projects. Both of these initiatives took years to complete and involved the contributions of many employees.

All awards

Chief’s Award:
IT Manager Mike Steinke
IT Staff Kent Kudebeh
IT Staff Chad Baker
Medals of Commendation:
Division Chief Dave Pickett
Sergeant Mark Moellenberg
Sergeant Scott Bellomy
Police Technician Tara Smith
Letters of Commendation:
I/T Staff Wil Smith
I/T Staff James Schwengler
Records Supervisor Angel Lepire
Interim Records Supervisor Wade Hammond
NICHE:
Sergeant Bobbi Dawkins
Sergeant Brian Wilkinson
Sergeant Scott Jungclaus
Sergeant Talon Darling
Detective Justin Paugh
Detective Kyle Eversole
Detective Nellie Gisonda
SRO Barry Malloy
Officer Brian Gross
Officer Zach Pauga
Officer Zahra Al-Arahawi
CSO Victoria Burton
Crime Analyst Beth Daniel
Records Specialist Peggy Johnson
Records Specialist Stephanie Wellington
TriTech:
Corporal Mark Olexa
Corporal Dwayne Baker
Officer Tyler Fashempour
Records Specialist Teresa Valdez
Records Specialist Hannah Tippit
Records Specialist Amanda Schweda
Medal of Recognition
The medal was presented to the following individuals for the investigation of a shooting and robbery on W. 38th Ave. The initial witness statements identified the shooter; however, after a thorough and extensive investigation, that person was found to be the victim, and charges were filed against the other three persons.
Detective Brad With
Letters of Recognition
Sergeant Chris Krieger,
Detective Kyle Eversole
Police Technician Tara Smith
Medals of Commendation
This award was presented to the following individuals who responded and investigated the report of a 10-year-old found not breathing in the bottom of a bathtub. Lifesaving measures were unsuccessful. The grandmother was arrested and charged with child abuse resulting in death.
Sergeant Jamie Watson
Detective Cheri Ells
Detective Reyna Johnson
Detective Tyson Shaul
Detective Brad With
Detective Mark Slavsky
Officer Brent Brandner
Police Technician Tara Smith
ESS Francine Martinez
ESS Maria Vigil
Letters of Commendation:
Sergeant Mark Moellenberg
Detective Kyle Eversole
Detective Keith Weimer
Detective Heather Kendall
Officer Brian Gross
Officer Allan Fischer
Officer Cory Chauncey
Lakewood PD Crime Analyst Amy Laabs
Medals of Commendation and Letters of Recognition
Medals of Commendation and Letters of Recognition were presented for a case involving the report of a stabbing at the Howard Johnson Hotel. The suspect shot at responding deputies, barricaded himself in a hotel room, and eventually committed suicide after releasing a hostage.
Medals of Commendation:
Detective Brad With
Police Technician Nicole Hougland
Letters of Recognition:
Corporal Todd Payne
Officer Allan Fischer
Officer Frank Gonzales
Lakewood PD Crime Analyst Amy Laabs
Lakewood PD Crime Analyst Julia Rossi
Medals of Commendation and Letters of Commendation
Medals of Commendation and Letters of Commendation were presented to WRPD officers, a Lakewood PD Crime Analyst, and members of the West Metro Drug Task Force (WMDTF) for their response to the death of a teenager attempting to cross against the light on Wadsworth and 3 Acre Lane during rush hour. WMDTF was working on a case at the time but responded to render aid to the young man risking their safety with exposure to known criminals in the area. The scene was especially difficult given the age of the victim, the volume of traffic and the number of witnesses at the scene. Although off duty, School Resource Officer Malloy inquired about the identity of the teen and once it was determined he was a Wheat Ridge student, the officer worked with school administrators to provide grief counseling the following Monday.
Medals of Commendation:
Sergeant Jon Pickett
Corporal Steven Brooks
Detective Kyle Eversole
Detective Nathan Lovan
Officer Larry Taggart
Officer Briann McCarthy
Letters of Commendation:
Corporal Dwayne Baker
Officer Matt McKewen
Officer John Parsons
Lakewood PD Crime Analyst Victoria Parker
Letter of Commendation and Initiative Coin:
SRO Barry Malloy
Letters of Commendation
Letters of Commendation were presented to the following officers and detectives for their response to an unknown injury accident at 38th and Wadsworth involving a Toyota 4-Runner, an RTD bus and a Jeep. The Toyota had run into the bus at a high-rate of speed pushing it into the Jeep. Alcohol and drugs were found in the Toyota. The family of the driver of the Jeep reported their appreciation for how the investigation was handled and how they were kept informed.
Sergeant Jon Pickett
Sergeant Scott Jungclaus
Detective Nate Lovan
Detective Tyson Shaul
Detective Reyna Johnson
Detective Mark Slavsky
Corporal Steven Brooks
Officer Matt Carley
Officer Bri McCarthy
Officer John Parsons
Officer Zach Pauga
Officer Ken Rezac
Officer Larry Taggart
Officer Shelby Wright
Letter of Recognition
A Letter of Recognition was presented to Officer Andrew Carmen for his response to a shooting at the Beset Interstate Inn. Upon arrival, Officer Carmen applied a tourniquet to the leg of a victim before being relieved by medically trained members of the Arvada Fire Protection District. AFD Captain and paramedics were impressed with the lifesaving medical care provided by Officer Carmen.

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