Officers recognized for valor, community service at Feb. 5 ceremony

More than two dozen Hillsboro Police Department officers and civilian employees were honored last Wednesday during HPD’s fifth annual awards ceremony at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

Police Chief Lee Dobrowolski presided over the event as one of his first acts as the city’s newly-installed top cop, delivering a welcome and opening remarks.

In a poignant moment during the evening’s festivities, Officer Tina Latendresse — who suffered an injury to her hand after a suspect opened fire on her during a traffic stop last October — was awarded the 2013 Purple Heart, given to sworn personnel who are wounded or killed while on duty. Officer Will Blood received the Medal of Valor for his actions in the same incident.

And in a surprise announcement near the end of the evening, Leola Kalamanu, HPD’s detective unit secretary, was named the 2013 employee of the year “for her hard work and dedication to the detective unit,” said Lt. Mike Rouches, public information officer.

In between, the following kudos were given and received:

n Service Excellence Award — Presented to Police Field Operations Specialist Don Pierce; crime prevention specialists Julie Carrasco, Earleen Reimann and Brandi Gilberg; volunteer coordinator Susie Serres; and intern Maritza Carranza.

n Meritorious Service Commendation — Presented to officers David Bonn, Debra Crooks, Dan Winter, Scott Butts, Dave Morse, Steward Kelsey, Mark Vertner and Tina Latendresse; and Sgt. Stephen Beaver.

n Life Saving Award — Presented to officers Jeff Branson, Alonzo Garcia, Sommer Hegland, Anthony Silva and Victor Kamenir.

n Notice of Achievement — Presented to Shannon Romtvedt, Maria Schlangen and Paula Rose.

n Police Service Achievement Medal — Presented to Deputy Chief Mark Bonnett and officers Megan Hewitt and Justin Hubbenette.

n Outstanding Community Service Award — Presented to Police Field Operations Specialist Angie Zunk.

n Distinguished Service Commendation — Presented to Officer Mike Thompson and Detective Rich Matrisciano.

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