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Beaumont, CA – The Beaumont Police Department held an awards ceremony, recognizing sworn and support staff for valiant efforts within the community for 2018. The awards ceremony was held in the Board Room of the Beaumont Unified School District at 7:00pm, on Monday, May 20, 2019.

The following individuals were recognized during the ceremony:

2018 Explorer of the Year – Julia Patino, Beaumont Police Explorer

Volunteer of the Year – Patricia Campos and Christina Gomer, Citizen Volunteer Patrol

Civilian Employee of the Year – Jack Huntsman, Community Enhancement Officer

Dispatcher of the Year – Sunshine Sanchez, Public Safety Dispatcher II

Police Officer of the Year – Fredrick Steward, Police Officer

John Acosta “Commitment to Community” Award –  Passionate, kind, hard-working, committed, dedicated, down to earth, approachable, firm but fair…These descriptions are just a few of the words used to describe Lieutenant John Acosta. “Johnny,” as he was affectionately known in the community, was known to many as someone who cared deeply about Beaumont and its citizens. He gave tirelessly of his time and resources. Ask anyone who knew him and you’ll hear about his ability to connect with others or his passion for police work. Moreover, you’ll hear people say that John was “Committed to his Community”. That commitment is the hallmark of exceptional police work and we gather to recognize those who keep John Acosta’s spirit alive by their “Commitment to Community”.

Awardees: Greg Fagan, Lieutenant; Robert Galletta, Sergeant; Ryan Brieda, Detective; Marcedes Cashmer, Public Information Officer.

Chief’s Commendation –The Chief’s Commendation is awarded to Department and/or community members solely at the discretion of the Chief of Police. This award is presented in recognition of exemplary and/or exceptional service to the Department or community.

Awardees: Chris Harwood, Animal Control Officer

Chief’s Commendation –The Chief’s Commendation is awarded to Department and/or community members solely at the discretion of the Chief of Police. This award is presented in recognition of exemplary and/or exceptional service to the Department or community.

Awardees: Lyndon Peats, Police Officer

Life Saving Awards – The Life Saving Award is awarded to employees or citizens that give first aid, rescue, or demonstrate other abilities to save an individual that would have likely died if not attended to.

Awardees: Danielle Grable, Police Officer

While working the Coachella Music Festival in 2018, Officer Grable was approached by a young man who told her that he needed help. Before he could utter another word, he fell to the ground unconscious and unresponsive. Resorting to her training, Officer Grable assessed the individual and determined that he was suffering from a life-threatening medical emergency. She quickly altered nearby paramedics, but not before the patient’s heart stopped beating.

Even though she was surrounded by medical professionals, Officer Grable maintained her position near the subject and performed CPR. Fortunately for him, he regained consciousness moments before receiving a shock from the defibrillator. The subject was transported to a nearby hospital, where he fully recovered and was later released. AMR and CalFire personnel stated that if were not for the quick thinking of Officer Grable, the subject would have likely died.

For more information about this event you can contact Marcedes Cashmer, Public Information Officer at 951-769-8500.

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