South Bend Police Department Press Release

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

 

Annual Police Awards Given

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The following is a narrative of the awards given to officers and civilians at the annual SBPD Awards Ceremony, held Sunday, March 26, 2006:
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CHIEF’S AWARD OF VALOR
This Award granted to any sworn member of the Department for an act of outstanding bravery or heroism by which the member has demonstrated in great degree the characteristics of selflessness, personal courage and devotion to duty.

For displaying exceptional courage on May 30, 2005 when you broke out the window to a burning vehicle and entered the vehicle to evacuate an occupant that was trapped inside.
Jason King

THE CHIEF’S AWARD OF MERIT
Is an Award granted to any department sworn or civilian member for an outstanding accomplishment which has resulted in improved administration, improved operation or substantial savings in manpower or operational costs wherein the member has gone far beyond the requirements of his normal assignment to contribute to a more effective police service; or for outstanding police work which has brought great credit to the Department in a case of unusual public interest.

For demonstrating your ability to instruct and certify both sworn and civilian personnel in training areas such as CPR, AED, First Aid, Quick Clot and Blood Born Pathogens, which has ultimately allowed the South Bend Police Department to save substantial operational costs. For unselfishly giving of your self to accommodate the needs of others and members of this community.
Pamela Kaufman

For displaying exceptional initiative in the identification, funding and procurement of a life saving product known as Quick Clot for the Uniform Division of the South Bend Police Department.
Sheldon Scott

For directing the development of and implementing of a state of the art AFIS system for the South Bend Police Department and adjoining jurisdictions. Through your vision and hard work, the South Bend Police Department is one of only three municipal police agencies within the state to have a fully functional AFIS system thus allowing for the rapid collection, classification, and comparisons of 10 print impressions and latents collected from area crime scenes.
Charles Eakins

THE SOUTH BEND POLICE MEDAL
Is an Award which is presented annually by the Chief of Police to recipients of the Award of Valor, or the Chiefs Award of Merit, the Purple Heart, when in his judgment, the accomplishments or performance of the individual member was so outstanding as to justify additional recognition.

For showing courage upon arriving at the scene of a burning vehicle with an occupant trapped inside. By breaking a window and crawling into the vehicle attempting to remove the trapped victim.
Jason King

THE DEPARTMENT COMMENDATION
Is an award granted to any Department sworn or civilian member for an outstanding act or achievement which brings great credit to the Department and involves performance above and beyond that required by the member’s basic assignment.

For your dedicated service with the United States Army on Foreign soils to ensure the freedom of our fellow officers and citizens of this country. Your sacrifice has made the world a safer place.
Anthony Ross

For your dedication and professional achievements resulting in recognition for the South Bend Police Department and for managing various State Traffic and DUI Grants, Local Traffic Programs and special events, Civilian Volunteer Officer Programs and critical traffic related events
William Kraus

For thirty plus years of dedicated service with the South Bend Police Department, always being a mentor, leader and role model for both rookies and veteran officers alike, but most importantly, always treating the public with dignity, respect and compassion each and every day.
Patrick Lahey

For your unselfish and personal commitment to the South Bend Police Department Training Bureau and the community in regards to various recruitment and community policing efforts, media events and excellent problem solving skills you both have displayed during the year 2005.
Anthony Pearson
Antonio Pacheco


THE PURPLE HEART AWARD
Is an award granted to any sworn member who has been seriously or critically injured while in the performance of police duty. In addition, this award may be conferred if injury was averted by wearing body armor. This award will be limited to those cases resulting from attack by an assailant, personal combat, or the performance of an act of valor.

Today we are thankful that we have no purple heart awards to give. We do want to ask Bill Pelletier to please stand, we presented him with the purple heart at last years ceremony, we want to let him know how happy we are to have him here


THE COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING AWARD
Is an award granted to any department sworn or civilian member, or member of the community, who shows and exemplary effort to identify, analyze and successfully respond to causes, conditions, and problems that may lead to crime and neighborhood disorder.

For assisting the Regional Crime Intelligence Unit and South Bend Police Department with state of the art GIS Technologies, Training, and support thus making the City of South Bend a safer place for officers and citizens alike.
Deborah Martin
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For your unsurpassed dedication and professionalism displayed while federally prosecuting various gang, drug and violent criminals throughout the South Bend area. Through your actions, the City of South Bend today is a much safer community
Donald Schmid

For your ability to “humanize” the position of Prosecutor, St. Joseph County, Indiana and your ability to professionally identify, analyze and successfully respond to the various criminal elements that Law Enforcement faces each and every day. Your ability to partner not only Law Enforcement personnel from the newest “rookie” to the most senior officer, victims of crimes and their families, and the needs of the community in order to achieve “successful prosecutions” speaks highly of your ability to dispense “fair” justice.
Michael Dvorak

For your individual and collective efforts in granting the South Bend Police Department the various technological tools, training and funding in order to identify, analyze and successfully respond to the causes, conditions and problems that lead to crime and neighborhood disorder.
James Mesterharm
Ryan Holmes
Joseph S. Van Bokkelen



SPECIAL RECOGNITION

In recognition for your outstanding contribution to area law enforcement on behalf of the men and women of the South Bend Police Department we say thank you
Rick Singleton

In recognition of your contributions to the advancement of the forensic capabilities of the South Bend Police Department. On behalf of the City of South Bend we say Thank you.
Pete Striupaitis

In recognition of your generosity towards the South Bend Police Department in allowing us the use of your facilities for EVOC Training. On behalf of the men and women of the South Bend Police Department we say thank you.
John Rastetter

In appreciation of your generosity and support of the South Bend youth tennis program for allowing the multicultural youth of our community the use of your facility and the privilege to interact with your division 1 players. On behalf of the City of South Bend we say thank you.
Bob Baylis

In recognition of your bravery by aiding the South Bend Police Department in the apprehension of a fleeing felony suspect on September 22, 2005. On behalf of the City of South Bend we say thank you.
Rudy Yakym

Invite Pat DeRue Nemeth to Stage along with Frances Maffitt
In recognition of acts of heroism that have resulted in the apprehension of violent felons.
On November 14, 1974 Corporal Thomas DeRue was gunned down while answering a robbery call. Francis Maffitt was in the immediate vicinity and witnessed this senseless act of murder. She assisted police in identifying the suspect which aided in convicting the suspect of murdering a South Bend Police Officer.

In appreciation for 30 years of dedicated service to the South Bend Police Department
Diane Villa

The South Bend Police Department recognizes the following individuals for their outstanding achievement in their successful completion and graduation from the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation, Police Executive Leadership Academy: William Kraus, Steven Spadafora, Joseph Galea, Gary Horvath, Cori Bair, Frank Steiger, Jeff Rynearson, Sherri Taylor, Karen Depaepe, Michael Critchlow, Eric Crittendon, Terry Young, Charles Stokes, David Ryans, John Collins, David Hecklinski, David Newton

The South Bend Police Department recognizes you for your years of dedicated service to this community:
Jerome Kreczmer, John Floyd, Daniel Dutrieux, David Woods

Employees of the Month 2005
JAN SCOTT SEVERNS
FEB KELLY WAITE/ CORI BAIR
MARCH DANIEL MORYL
APRIL DAVID HERRON
MAY JASON KING
JUNE FRED EYSTER
JULY GREGORY EARLY
SEPTEMBER WILLIAM SCHMIDT
OCTOBER GALEN PELLETIER / ROBERT WISE
NOVEMBER RICHARD MCGEE
DECEMBER RONALD GLON /CORI BAIR




THE UNIT MERITORIOUS PERFORMANCE AWARD
Is an Award granted to individual sworn or civilian members of a unit who exhibited exceptional professional skill and conduct during a coordinated action.

For your dedication in conducting and receiving advanced training in the field of Crime Scene Investigation which serves as a model for all area Police Departments. For your unselfish dedication in identifying, collecting and documenting forensic evidence at area crime scenes, thus increasing the likelihood that area criminal’s will be successfully prosecuted and the community protected.

Uniform Crime Scene Technicians
Michael Suth, Thomas Cameron, Ken Ryan, Galen Pelletier, Dave Modlin, Britton Odle, Steve Hammer, Jason Biggs ,Ron Wilson Jr, Dan Lawecki, Will Johnson, Erik Schlegelmilch, Anne Esher, Antwon Jones, Aaron Brick, Bayne Bennett, Chris Voros, Mike Vanvynckt, Betsy Culp, David Johnson, Kris Hinton, Paul Daley



As a multi-jurisdictional Law Enforcement organization, the County Metro Homicide Unit has redefined the concept of C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigators) and what we see on TV to the reality based Metro Homicide Unit serving all of St. Joseph County including the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka. Through the dedicated and unselfish efforts of the men and women of MHU, the most gruesome and heinous crimes we face are investigated, evidence forensically located and collected, and criminals identified and brought to justice in a professional manner.
County Metro Homicide Unit
Tim Corbett, Mike Grezgorek, Steven Richmond, James Taylor, Jamie Buford, Christopher Kronewitter, Paul Daley, Randy Kaps, Thomas Cameron, Anthony Bontrager, Alex Arendt, Tim Decker, Ken Cornelis,

As a multi-jurisdictional Law Enforcement organization, the County Metro Homicide Unit has redefined the concept of C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation) and what we see on TV to the reality based Metro Homicide Unit serving all of St. Joseph County including the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka. Through your dedication and unselfish efforts and working along side the men and women of MHU, area criminals are successfully prosecuted and incarcerated after committing the most gruesome and heinous of crimes against the citizens of St. Joseph County, Indiana.
Frank Schafer


THE LIFESAVING AWARD
Is an Award granted to any Department sworn or civilian member for a successful effort in saving a human life which involved exceptional courage or performance.

On May 30th, 2005, Ptl. Jason King was dispatched to the 1100 block of Lincoln Way East reference a vehicle into a tree with possible entrapment. Upon arriving at the scene, officers were faced with a burning van and power lines that could fall any minute. Officers attempted to extinguish the burning vehicle but were unsuccessful. Inside of the burning van a male occupant was trapped and had to be rescued. Ptl. King broke out the passenger side window, crawled into the burning van attempting to remove the victim. Unfortunately, the victim in this case succumbed to his injuries but today we recognize Ptl. King for his courage and award him the department’s Lifesaving Award
Jason King


On June 13th, 2005, Ptl. Chris Slager along with other assisting officers were dispatched to a Suicide in Progress involving a despondent female who had parked her automobile on a set of railroad tracks in the 700 block of S. Walnut Street in South Bend, Indiana. Ptl. Slager was able to break out the window of her automobile, unlock the vehicle and pull her out of the vehicle all the while hearing a whistle of an approaching train. His actions that evening earned Ptl. Slager the department’s Lifesaving Award.
Christopher Slager

On October 21, 2005, Cpl. James Burns along with other South Bend Police Department Officers were dispatched to a home on the cities northwest side reference a medical emergency. When Cpl. Burns arrived, he discovered a young infant in respiratory distress and bleeding from the head. Cpl. Burns assisted medically the critically injured infant until the arrival of South Bend Fire Department’s medical personnel. Cpl. Burns' actions eased the pain of this infant at the scene but unfortunately she later died due to her injuries. Cpl. Burns was also instrumental in locating and preserving critical evidence inside the residence regarding the homicide investigation of the young infant. For his actions on that evening, Cpl. Burns is awarded the department’s lifesaving award.
James Burns

On May 18th, 2005, Cpl. Reynolds saved the life of a depressed and suicidal subject while he attempted to jump into the St. Joseph River. Without regard to his own safety, Cpl Reynolds was able to gain the confidence of this party, approach him on a railroad trestle and effectively deploy his Taser in order to prevent the subject from harming himself. Cpl. Reynolds was assisted by other SBPD and SBFD officers.
Gary Reynolds

THE CRIME PREVENTION SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Is an award presented to any Department sworn or civilian member or citizen who, through his or her efforts has made a significant impact on public safety or crime prevention.
For years of dedicated service managing a premier Crime Stoppers program where hundreds of known felons have been apprehended, crimes solved and prevented, and millions of dollars of property recovered.
David Shock
Patricia Fraser

Cpl. Cassel is being recognized today for his years of dedicated service to the community, preventing crimes through public safety education, awareness, surveys and “hands-on” problem solving. For his exceptional efforts in making South Bend a safer community, Cpl. Cassel is awarded the department’s Crime Prevention Special Commendation.
Aaron Cassel

THE COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Is an award presented to any department sworn or civilian member or citizen who, through his efforts, has made a significant impact upon the quality of life within his or her community by identifying and resolving problems.

For your commitment towards improving the “quality of life” of hundreds of fellow citizens in the South Bend Weed and Seed Area and surrounding South Bend community. Your dedication and friendship towards the South Bend Police Department, its officers, civilians and civilians we all serve will not be forgotten.
Gail Brodie

For your dedication towards furthering the philosophy known as Community Oriented Policing throughout the South Bend Police Department, City of South Bend and even nationally while serving this year as President of the National Citizens Police Academies. From your early NEST days to present your commitment towards improving the “quality of life” for hundreds of South Bend’s citizens will not be forgotten.
Richard Powers

For your professional dedication and initiative in managing, directing and supervising the South Bend Weed and Seed Grant. Your service to the community and the South Bend Police Department is greatly appreciated and will be long remembered by the citizens you serve.
Mark Dollinger, Pamela Meyer

For your commitment in the identification and assisting in solving the problems of our growing Hispanic community by using your skills of being an interpreter of the Spanish language.
Esther Salazar, Alma Garza, Rosa Alvarez, Emma Beserra, Juan Lora, Joy Glanz, Antonio Pacheco, Lucas Battani, Nick Zarate, Frank Epperson

For your informative, unbiased reporting and managing the issues that concern our community in partnership with the South Bend Police Department.
Norm Stangland


THE DORTHA PAXTON AWARD
Is an award granted to any Department civilian employee whose performance was characterized by exceptional professional skill, in the tradition of long-time civilian employee Dortha Paxton.

This person last year was nominated for special recognition because of her dedication to her position as the property clerk. She has the unbelievable task of organizing, cataloging and storing the entire inventory of the police department’s evidence and found property. This encompasses several very large rooms of items. And I complain about keeping my file cabinet orderly. When a police officer has a question about evidence or found property, this is the person they ask. She has established rigid standards and modernized the evidence storage function. She is known and respected for her efficiency and professionalism.
Diana Gish


THE POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Is an award granted to any Department sworn officer whose performance of duty during a specific month was characterized by such exceptional professional skill that it merited recognition by the entire Department.

Several years ago, this young officer was the new kid or “rookie” having just been transferred to the uniform day shift, now what we call our “first” detail. What was this “rookie” of several years of police experience going to bring to a shift of veteran officers who had seen and if you ask them, had done it all. This officer today wears many hats, he is a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Uniform Crime Scene Technician, Through out the many years he has been on days as well as other shifts, this young Corporal has displayed the exceptional qualities of being a true “public servant” to his community, city, department and his fellow officers. For his professional performance for the year 2005, Corporal Galen Pelletier is awarded the 2005 South Bend Police Department’s Police Officer of the year award.





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