OCEANSIDE — The American Legion Oceanside Post 146 held their second annual Law and Order Awards Ceremony on Oct. 30 at the Oceanside Senior Center in Oceanside.
Brian Nielsen, Law and Order Awards committee chairman, represented the post in honoring members of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for their work on the Vista Gang Enforcement Team. Receiving the Meritorious Service Award were Sgt. Scott Black, Cpl. Mike Myers, Deputy Tim Clark, Deputy Brendan Cook and Deputy Jason Scroggins.
Deputy Jeremy Collis received the Award of Heroism for his work in developing a skateboard safety program in the city of Vista.
Oceanside Police Department honors went to Dispatcher Kelley Hatfield for their department’s Professional Member of the Year for 2009.
Detective Brad Hunter of Oceanside Police Department received the Award of Heroism for being Officer of the Year for 2009.
Oceanside Fire Department’s Fire Engineer Mark Rowe was honored with the Award of Valor for his efforts of saving a drowning man at the Oceanside Pier in 2009.
The California Highway Patrol’s Automotive Technician Camilo L. Taroma Jr. was awarded a Medal of Merit for his efforts at maintaining their 38-vehicle fleet of patrol cars single-handedly keeping the CHP rolling and safe.
Retired Senior Volunteer John “Scott” Stevenson was awarded a Medal of Merit for his efforts at maintaining the Radar Trailer deployment and schedule as well as his tireless hours preparing the monthly personnel patrol schedule and helping out in the office.
CHP Officer Sal Gutierrez was presented the Award of Valor for his selfless actions while saving the life of a motorist trapped in a burning vehicle.
Also in attendance were Supervisor Bill Horn, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, Oceanside Fire Chief Darryl Hebert, Oceanside Police Capt. Reginald Grigsby, CHP Capt. Deb Schroder, American Legion District 22 Commander Jim Coatney, Post 146 Commander Chuck Atkinson and members of the Oceanside Post 146, the Auxiliary Unit 146 and members of the American Legion Riders Chapter 146.