On the evening of Wednesday, May 02, 2018, Chief Rosales hosted the annual Glendora Police Department Awards Ceremony highlighting outstanding conduct and achievements by members of the Glendora Police Department family in the past year. Awards presented this year were the Life Saving Award, Medal of Merit, the Chief’s Outstanding Achievement Award, Unit Citation, General Employee Award of Excellence, Executive Award of Management, and Officer of the Year.
This year, two new awards were added.
The Timothy Crowther Good Citizen award is given to a community member who substantially assists the Glendora Police Department in the area of community relations, in which the community member contributes in an extraordinary manner to the police department. The very first Crowther award was presented to Natalie Dillon, a local loss prevention officer, for her outstanding partnership with Glendora PD in catching and prosecuting criminals. Ms. Dillon is an invaluable asset to this department.
The Louis Anthony Pompei Courage Award is given to any citizen who distinguishes himself or herself by bravery while assisting a police officer and/or another member of this community; or who performs an act under emergency conditions, wherein a service is rendered that results directly in sustaining a human life. The first recipient was Mr. Rafael Alba. Mr. Alba was working as a clerk at a 7-11 market when a mentally disabled man entered his store with a knife and threatened to stab another male customer. Mr. Alba called 9-1-1 and then engaged in conversation to distract and calm the man long enough for the potential victim to leave. Officers arrived shortly after, detained the man without incident, and got him the help that he needed. Mr. Alba’s quick thinking and compassion averted possible harm to a community member and officers.
The Pompei Courage award was also presented to Zachary Cadima and Lucy Daniel. A vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision occurred and was witnessed by Zachary Cadima. Zachary immediately dialed 9-1-1 from his cell phone and relayed what he saw to dispatch. When officers arrived on scene, Zachary remained on scene and provided a very detailed account of what happened, which proved vital to the investigation. Ms. Daniel, a home care nurse was inside the home of her patient when she heard the collision. She ran out of the front door of the home and saw the injured man lying on the street. Without hesitation, she ran out into the street to help. She applied first aid to the victim until Police and Fire personnel arrived. Sadly, the victim later succumbed to his injuries, but Mrs. Daniel’s quick response and care at least gave him a fighting chance.
We appreciate and commend all the award recipients and especially thank Natalie Dillon, Rafael Alba, Zachary Cadima, and Lucy Daniel for acting selflessly and assisting Glendora Police Department and the members of the City of Glendora.