2018 Department Employees of the Year:
Medal of Valor: Awarded to employees of the Department who, while acting in an official capacity, distinguish themselves conspicuously by heroic action beyond the call of duty, in an extremely dangerous setting where a strong possibility existed, they could have suffered serious injury or death.
Officer Michael Bischel
Lifesaving Award: The Lifesaving Award recognizes employee(s) extraordinary actions while affecting or attempting to affect a lifesaving rescue or any other acts that would be considered lifesaving. This award is for actions rendered beyond normal first aid whether or not the employee is on or off duty.
Officer Bryn Fedderson
Officer of the Year: A sworn officer, below the rank of sergeant, who has demonstrated exemplary job performance and/or other accomplishments that far exceeds the exceptional level expected of a sworn officer.
Officer Jesse Hart
Civilian Employee of the Year: A civilian employee who has demonstrated exemplary job performance and/or other accomplishments that far exceeds the exceptional level expected of their position.
Police Services Specialist Roxane Beaudry
Supervisor of the Year: A supervisor of the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, captain and civilian supervisor or manager who has demonstrated exemplary job performance and/or accomplishments that far exceeds the exceptional level expected of their position.
Sergeant Scott Marsh
Communications Supervisor Lauren Smith
Award of Merit: Any employee of the Huntington Beach Police Department who has exhibited outstanding performance during the year that consistently reflects exemplary work that far exceeds the exceptional level expected of their position.
Detective Trent Tunstall
Distinguished Service Award: Any employee of the Huntington Beach Police Department, who displays continued excellent work, achieves significant accomplishments that positively influence the department and community, and model the Organizational Values of the Department throughout their career.
Captain Brian Seitz
Technical Reserve Howard Sharpe
Crime Fighter Award: This award recognizes employee(s) whose actions or performance, above the standard performance of their position, have resulted in a significant arrest or solved a significant crime trend that has positively influenced the community and department.
Officer Grant Hasselbach
Unit/Team Award: The Unit/Team Award recognizes members of any group (unit, squad, detail, assignment, or other group) for outstanding contributions during a major incident, event of great significance or major contribution to the organization or the community.
Air Support Unit – Sr. Helicopter Maintenance Technicians Mike Cavanaugh and Glen Erickson, Pilot Tyler Hanson, Pilot Mike Lyons, Pilot Rick McNaughton, Lieutenant Chris Nesmith, Pilot Jack Paholski, Pilot Nick Vella, Pilot Mark Wersching
SWAT Dispatchers – Communications Supervisors Lauren Smith and Bianka Spruill, Communication Operator Krista Vetter
Crimes against Persons Unit – Detective Sean Biggio, Detective Jason Burton, CSO Lydia Chasse, Detective Richard Chen, Detective Pat Ellis, Sergeant Aaron Garrido, Terry George, CSO Marion Loney, Detective Anthony Pham, Sergeant Dan Quidort, Detective Trent Tunstall, Detective Steve Wickser
Employee awards presented throughout 2018
Sergeant Roman Altenbach 42 arrests
Officer Grant Hasselbach 39 arrests
Officer Tai Huynh 155 arrests
Officer Doug Demetre 137 arrests
2018 Employees of the Month
January Courtney Urbany
February Shawn White
April Tom Gutierrez
May Brad Smith
October Michelle Fiore
November Dave Dereszynski, Roberto Diaz, Kevin Heusser, Ian MacLeith, Rafael Mena, Victor Ojeda, Christina Tolmasoff
December Patrick Ellis and Don Howell
HB Masonic Lodge Officer of the Year
Officer Robert Frahm
Sergeant Chris Nesmith
City of Huntington Beach
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Huntington Beach, CA
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