15 Cops recognized for their bravery Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 March 2019 00:00

Fifteen police officers were honored on Wednesday, March 6 at the Queen Street Police Station for the manner in which they executed their duties. Ten of the officers were awarded for the quick response on Thursday, February 28 in which six robbers were caught after a daring robbery at the Northern Border. At the time, peseros, who were working in the area, were held up at gunpoint and robbed of their money. A subsequent police chase and shootout resulted in the six culprits being detained.

Four officers attached to the K-9 unit were also commended and given a cash bonus after they were able to catch two men who had invaded the home of 73-year-old Thomas Shannon on Saturday, February 23. The officers were able to detect the criminals and through some quick thinking, managed to outsmart and arrest them.

Finally, one police constable, Marcos Choc, was singled out for his bravery and ability to detect and help in the apprehension of two gunmen one of whom opened fire at a house in Punta Gorda town on Monday, February 25th.

The officers include Sergeant Mark Martinez, Corporals Geroge Ferguson, Kareem Fuller, Elito Cano, Mateo Carillo and Police Constables Leonardo Dorado, Raul Phillips, Royce Manzanero, Hector Moralez, William Sanchez, Terry Reyes, Phillip Thomas, Kent Aranda, Elmer Nah and Marcos Choc.

Speaking at the ceremony, Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams saluted the officers for their bravery and heroism. He explained that “fighting crime is not an easy task in a community that loves violence and have no regard for policing.” Nonetheless, he urged his officers to keep on doing their work. He also singled out the work of the specialized units including the GSU, MIT and Special Patrol Branch, whom he said were once territorial in doing their duty but as of late under, the command of Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, they have begun to work in a more cohesive manner. Testament to this was the capture of the robbers at the Northern Border. Williams also noted the very difficult job that the officers have to engage in to reduce crime but explained that the department is doing well but warned that, “not because we are ahead must we become complacent.”

For his part, Hon. John Saldivar, who was also present at the ceremony, said that he was happy to have an occasion like this where the positive work of the police officers can be accentuated.