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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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.
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