Six cops rec­og­nized for ser­vice

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Noelle Phillips

Six Den­ver po­lice of­fi­cers were rec­og­nized Wed­nes­day for hero­ism that didn’t in­volve guns or fist­fights. In­stead, these of­fi­cers dipped into their pock­ets or spare time to help peo­ple go­ing through dif­fi­cul­ties, the Den­ver Po­lice De­part­ment said in a news re­lease.

Mayor Michael Han­cock pre­sented cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the six of­fi­cers, and they were rec­og­nized as quar­terly re­cip­i­ents of the Cit­i­zens Ap­pre­ci­ate Po­lice award, which was started in 1978 to rec­og­nize of­fi­cers who serve the pub­lic be­yond their reg­u­lar du­ties. The six of­fi­cers rec­og­nized were Lt. Jeff Martinez, Cpl. Ti­mothy Scud­der and of­fi­cers Henry Jones, Juan Gam­boa, Ed­ward Pacheco Jr. and Rue­ban Gar­duno. They were rec­og­nized for the fol­low­ing ac­tions:

Lt. Jeff Martinez or­ga­nized a cloth­ing drive at the Den­ver Po­lice De­part­ment to ben­e­fit Suits for Suc­cess, a non­profit that pro­vides business at­tire for men and helps them with job in­ter­view skills.

Of­fi­cer Henry Jones, who is as­signed to Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port, bought a $556 round-trip plane ticket for an Army pri­vate who was try­ing to get home for her grand­fa­ther’s fu­neral. The sol­dier bought a ticket through a fraud­u­lent book­ing com­pany and it was not rec­og­nized by the air­line.

Of­fi­cers Juan Gam­boa and Ed­ward Pacheco Jr. were on pa­trol in south­east Den­ver on a cold morn­ing in De­cem­ber 2016 when they saw two boys walk­ing to school with­out coats. Gam­boa and Pacheco stopped to talk to the boys and after­ward went to a store and bought them coats.

Cpl. Ti­mothy Scud­der hosted 6-year-old Olivia Gant and her fam­ily for a day on the po­lice force so Olivia could live out her dream to “catch a bad guy with po­lice.” Olivia re­ceived a uni­form and badge and rode in Scud­der’s pa­trol car where they caught a pre­tend “bad guy” and put her in hand­cuffs. Scud­der had met Olivia and her fam­ily through his church. Olivia, who had a rare dis­ease, died in Au­gust.

Of­fi­cer Rue­ban Gar­duno gave a po­lice es­cort to a high school se­nior who had been cleared for re­lease from a hos­pi­tal just an hour be­fore his grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony. The stu­dent has mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy and had been hos­pi­tal­ized for treat­ment of a bro­ken leg and other health is­sues.


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