10 OF DENVER'S FINEST TAKE HOME CAP AWARDS
Yesterday, the nonprofit organization Citizens Appreciate Police (CAP) recognized 10 Denver Police officers for going beyond the call of duty to help members of our community.
*Officer Alicia Martinez & Officer Monique Sedberry*
Officer Monique Sedberry was dispatched to a southwest Denver school on a report that a student was being bullied. On that call, she befriended the young man named Victor. Victor is legally blind and was being teased by other students for his vision impairment. Since that initial meeting, Officer Sedberry has maintained their friendship, visiting Victor at home on a regular basis and introducing him to other officers. As the new school year approached, Officer Sedberry and Officer Alicia Martinez learned that Victor’s family was struggling to equip him and his four siblings with school supplies for the year. So, the crime-fighting duo bought five backpacks, loaded them up with various school supplies and delivered them to family, who were all very grateful for the officers’ kindness and generosity.
*Sergeant Timothy Hyatt, Officer Alexis Aranda, Officer Fernando Benavides, Officer Rueban Garduño, Officer Joseph Heckenkamp, Officer Kyle McNabb, Officer Christopher Parton &
Officer Christopher Valderrama*
For the second year in a row, the District Four Impact Team and District Four Community Resource Officers banded together and contributed their personal money to support a District Four family in need for the Christmas Holiday. In 2017, the eight involved officers supported the family of Lizuly Torres, who passed away in November of 2017 just months after being diagnosed with cancer, leaving behind a husband and two small children, ages 7 years-old and 1 year-old. The officers went shopping and bought gifts for the family, including Lizuly’s sister and niece. In addition to the presents purchased, the officers also ensured that the family had a meal large enough for 10 people, so the family could gather together and celebrate Christmas the way Lizuly would have had them do. Enough money was donated that no additional gifts or food needed to be purchased by the family for the Christmas celebration.
Formed in 1978 by Mayor Bill McNichols and District Attorney Dale Tooley, CAP is a nonprofit organization that recognizes Denver police officers that serve the public above the regular call of duty. Since its inception, more than 400 officers have received the CAP award. Please join us in congratulating these very worthy additions to this group!