Arvada Police Department 2018 Awards Ceremony
Arvada, CO May 18th, 2018
On Friday May 18, the Arvada Police Department held its annual departmental awards ceremony at the Arvada Center to honor its members and their service to the community. The Awards included:
Distinguished Service Medal
Officer Dustin LeDoux, Officer Shanell Glynn,
Officer Brandon Valdez,
Sgt. Greg Luby
Life Saving Award
Sgt. Amity Losey, Officer Ben Marshall,
Officer Nevada Putnam
Arvada Police Department Commendation
Officer Dustin LeDoux, Officer Derek Berns and
Officer Ryan McCasky, Officer Tyler Jenkins,
Amy Storrs, Gabe Steele
Tracy Suzuki Cooley
Arvada Police Department Citation
Darlene Ford, Colorado Department of Corrections
Deanna Nathan, Colorado Department of Corrections
Officer Marcus Toomey,
Colorado Department of Corrections
Officer Roman Sanchez, Thornton Police Department
Two of Arvada’s finest, Officer Brandon Valdez and Officer Dustin LeDoux, were honored this year for recognizing potential lethal force situations and reacting to stop the suspects.
Officer Valdez (left) and other officers were arresting one suspect when a second suspect approached. Believing that this second suspect was reaching for a gun, Officer Valdez grabbed the suspect and took him to the ground. This suspect was found in possession of 9mm handgun.
Officer LeDoux (right) located a suspect who had robbed a gas station using a large kitchen knife. As Officer LeDoux approached, the suspect began reaching into a bag; Officer LeDoux, believing the suspect was reaching for the knife, tackled the suspect and placed him into custody. The suspect later admitted to wanting to pull out the knife so officers would shoot him.
In both cases the Officers were moments away from having to use deadly force when training and fast action saved the suspects’ lives.