Seventy-four Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 35th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. First Sergeant Sara Rolle, Sergeant Ian Oakes, Detective Helga Thorsdottir and Master Police Officers Victor Cordero, Colleen Grantham and Barry Krohn received the Silver Award for Valor. Officers Brian Mundon, Felipe Villalobos, William Ward, Daniel Huntington and Patrick Fogarty received the Bronze Award for Valor. Sergeants Ryan Rowland and Brett Tillett, Master Police Officers Adam Higgs, Christopher LeClair, and Officers Sam Harman, Travis Hardman, Thomas Helfers (Officer Helfer received two awards in this category for two separate incidents), Nicholas Kelly, Jordanis Lozier, Sean Mushalko, Joshua Myers, Erin Noble, Justin Price and Eliann Rivera-Diaz received the Merit Award for Valor. Forty-nine members received the Hillary Robinette Award for Investigative Excellence: Lieutenants Michael Headrick and Matthew McCauley; First Sergeants Daniel Crawford, Brandon Haas and Joseph Medawar; Sergeants Gary Brunelle, Donna Edelen, Jennifer Gudaitis, Caillen Smith and Rob Surman; Master Police Officers Matthew Andersen, Robert Battinelli, David Clark, Nicholas Colella, James Conway, Eric Davis, Daniel Downey, Dennis Gill, Michael LaPlant, Michelle McAllister, Garry Mendoza, Israel Perla, Giannina Pinedo, Tommy Rodriquez and Amon Weaver; Detectives Neal Anglin, Juan Antelo, Jeremy Booth, Simon Chu, Matthew Cohen, Darien Cupka, Mario Giordani, Joshua Lane, Aaron Lintz, Joshua Myers (who also received a Merit Award for Valor), Walter O'Neal, Michael Ragan, Daniel Sekely, Jacob Tomb, Felipe Villalobos (who also received a Bronze Award for Valor) and Nicholas Waymire; and Officers Eric Beard, Alfonso Dorado, Jesus Alcantara Gonzalez, Abigail Martins, Tyler Reza and Patrick Sheehan; Crime Analysis Unit Supervisor Dawn Locke; and Senior Public Safety Analyst Megan O'Neill. Officer Ivan Torres received the Investigative Merit Award.
Officer Luke Dean received the 2020 Sergeant Kenny Fields Memorial "Unsung Hero" Award from Special Olympics Virginia for his outstanding contributions to the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Officer Chad Mason received this award from the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) for his dedication to DUI and DUID enforcement.
Officers Anthony Edwards and Michael Ragan were honored by the Military Order of the World Wars at a presentation on Dec. 4, 2020. They were recognized for their courageous work on a domestic incident in August 2019. Master Police Officer Joseph Allen was honored at a presentation on Dec. 9, 2020. He was recognized for heroic life-saving efforts while on vacation in Florida in Oct. 8, 2019.
Sergeant Jeremy Schenck and Officers Stephen Kuhn, Chad Mason and Matthew Sciabica were honored by the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) and the Northern Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at a virtual presentation on Oct. 19, 2020. They were recognized for their outstanding DUI enforcement efforts in the County in the previous year.
Seventeen members were honored with awards by a local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). They are: Detective N. Anglin, Detective J. Booth, Detective S. Chu, Detective S. Cieslinski, Detective D. DeShazo, Sergeant D. Edelen, Officer A. Edwards, Crime Scene Specialist A. Feldman, Sergeant B. Hunt, Detective J. Lane, Detective W. O'Neal, Detective G. Pinedo, Officer M. Ragan, Detective D. Sekely, Detective W. Smith, Detective N. Waymire, and Detective R. White.
More than 50 Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 34th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Master Police Officer Joe Allen received the Silver Medal for Valor. Officers Zachary Smith, Anthony Edwards, Michael Ragan and Colby Matthews received the Bronze Medal for Valor (Officer Ragan received two awards for two separate incidents). Sergeant Darren Hadro and Officers Kara Brown, Matthew Ernst, Kelsey Hannemann, Sarah Kolkmeyer, Ryan Linkous, Kevin MacFarlane, Colby Matthews, Casey Nelsen, Christopher Paradis, Christopher Seise, Ajay Singh, Andrew Smyth and Thomas Wheeler received the Valorous Unit Award. Sergeant Dennis Jensen and Officers Christopher Hume, Jonathan Seals, Liam Spina, Brian Mundon and William Ward received the Merit Award for Valor. The Criminal Investigations Division and the Forensic Services Section received the Hillary Robinette Award for Investigative Excellence. First Sergeants Kenneth Hulsey, Michael Sullivan, Sergeants Donna Edelen and Caillen Smith, Detectives Neal Anglin Jeremy Booth, Simon Chu, Stephen Cieslinski, Cameron Crouch, Eric Davis, Donald DeShazo, Kevin Hook, Brandon Hunt, Jonathan Kennedy, Joshua Lane, Walter O'Neal, Nader Qura, Tommy Rodriquez, Daniel Sekely, Wayne Smith, Nicholas Waymire and Robert White, and Officers Timothy Clark, Michael Furr and Felipe Villalobos Reyes received the Merit Award for Investigative Excellence.
Kenneth E. Thomas, a public safety technical program analyst with the Police Department, as well as the Department's Information Technology Management Bureau, received this award for showing initiative and resourcefulness in developing tools for Police Department use that advance GIS services within the agency.
Officer Tyler Reza was honored on Jan. 25, 2020, for his work in 2019 in the Dale City community. Officer Reza investigated two specific incidents where his prompt response and dedication resulted in arrests of individuals plaguing the community. His police work keeps the Dale City community safer.
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