Antioch Police Department awards annual honors of officers, citizens
James Colley is Antioch Police Officer of the Year
By John Crowder
On Thursday, May 15, the Antioch Police Department honored their outstanding employees, retirees, and citizens who had contributed to the success of the department at a ceremony held in City Hall.
Captain Leonard Orman opened the ceremony by welcoming everyone, and later acknowledging the local dignitaries in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Acting Captain Diane Aguinaga, and an invocation was given by Reverend Robert Rien of Antioch’s St. Ignatius Church.
Chief Allan Cantando presented the awards during the ceremony. As each person being honored was called forward, he made a point of sharing a personal story and thanking them for their contributions. Officer James Colley was selected by his peers as the Officer of the Year, while Virginia Johnson was named the Civilian employee of the Year. Distinguished Service Awards went to Acting Captain Aguinaga and Sergeant Tarra Nissen, while Officer Ryan Andelin was recognized for 10 years of service.
Several officers received Meritorious Service Awards, including Officers Wardell Carter, Ted Chang, Rick Hofman, Martin Hynes, Christopher Kidd, Kristopher Kint, James Perkinson, and Police K9 “Bo.” Virginia Johnson was also recognized for her work in Support Services, while Frank Rupani was honored as Reserve Sergeant.
Three officers and a civilian were recognized for acting to save lives, including Officers Meghan Miller, Shawn Morin, and Ryan McDonald, and citizen Kevin Brady. Brady and McDonald had worked together to save the life of Brady’s neighbor, Donald Cooper, after he suffered a heart attack last year at his residence.
Two people received Citizen Service Citations. Roxanna Ramirez Del Rio was honored for her role in helping Antioch police quickly locate a young girl who had been kidnapped earlier this year. Emphasizing how critical time is in such cases, Chief Cantando noted that Del Rio’s action had saved the girl’s life.
Hailey Hartrick, a 12-year-old Antioch girl, was also lauded for her efforts to raise money for ballistic vests for the K9 unit. Hartrick ended up raising close to $12,000 for the cause by hosting numerous fundraising events.
Cantando also presented plaques to retirees. They included medical retirements for Sergeant Scott Freier and Officers Diane Freier, Preston Garcia, Chris Walters, and Joe Zanarini. Chris Ming retired as a Reserve Officer. Service retirements included Captain Steve McConnell, Lieutenant Pat Welch, Sergeants Steve Bias, Robert Quintero, and Mitch Schwitters, Officers Vince Augusta and Kevin Kollo and Lead Dispatchers Karen Rezentes and Maria Spainhower.
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