UCPD personnel whose direct actions saved lives were honored at the first-ever Lifesaving Medal presentation at the J.D. Morgan Center. UCPD Chief Tony Lee presided over the ceremony, which recognized nine individuals for extraordinary police work that saved the lives of four individuals over the past 18 months.
The officers and dispatchers were recognized for responding to incidents where people were in physical or mental distress. Their quick actions, creative thinking and compassion made it possible for the individuals to survive threatening situations and gain access to the resources they needed.
Recipients of the Lifesaving Medal were Sergeant Jason Pak; Officers Frank Bobo, Robert Chavez, Marcus Enfiedjian, Tiffanie Hand, Larry Johnson and Jordan McIntire; and Erica Godinez and Ronda Sells, both dispatchers.
Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck offered opening remarks and commended the honorees for their lifesaving actions. “This is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate the incredible heroism and commitment that each of the officers and staff of the police department make every single day,” he said. “We don’t highlight the amazing work that they do as frequently as we should.”
Besides the Lifesaving Medal, each honoree also received a certificate signed by all 10 police chiefs throughout the UC system.
Read more about the remarkable actions taken by the medal recipients.