Police Department Awards


2021


CHIEF’S STAR
2021

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Officer Thad Hall

On Monday, March 22, 2021, Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley was slain while responding to an active killing event. Officer Hall took the initiative, without being asked to do so, to take the lead on making the arrangements for GPD's representation at Officer Talley’s funeral and procession. Officer Hall obtained all the needed details and information and made sure everyone was aware of where to be and at what time.

He also planned to have the appropriate number of marked   police units available. Although this may seem straight forward, in fact it is involved and complex to ensure that everyone is on the same page and informed. Thad sent out numerous communications via email and phone calls to arrange this. His dedication and effort were much appreciated and noticed.

For performing his job assignment in an exemplary or commendable manner and / or exceeding the department’s expectations, Officer Thad Hall is awarded the Chief’s Star.


2020


EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR
2020

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Officer Frank Barr

Detective Ryan Beale

Sergeant Austin Beck

Officer Nate Brown

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Corporal John Bulman

Sergeant Ryan Custer

Sergeant Mark Donohue

Corporal Nicco Fanelli-Poole

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Corporal Christian Farris

Code Enforcement Officer Justin Ferraro

School Resource Officer Jodene Fowler

Officer Justin Garcia

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Officer Guy Garner

Officer Steve Gurule

School Resource Officer Derek Hall

Officer Thad Hall

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K-9 Handler Officer Sean Henslee

Officer Sean Horne

Officer Dan Hyde

Officer Merritt Johnson

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Officer Aden Jones

Corporal Adam Lanning

Officer McKenzie Metzger

Officer Parker Moody

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Sergeant Phil Morgan

Corporal Trevor Novak

Corporal Anne Pike

Officer Matt Porter

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Golden Police Officer Brian Radulovich 2015

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Officer Brian Radulovich

Parking Enforcement Officer Chris Reichert

Sergeant Ben Salentine

Officer Shams Sayed

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Sergeant Cody Schroeder

Special Enforcement Supervisor Jamie Segal

Sergeant Steph Sipes

Detective Kris Stevenson

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Officer Raoul Stoian

Code Enforcement Officer Alex Vasquez

Officer James Wader

Parking Enforcement Officer Brian Wilkenson

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Sergeant Adam Zutman

K-9 Officer Mao

2020 not only brought a virus but turmoil against law enforcement. While others judged who they did not know, our officers remained professional and continued to do the job as objectively as we always have. I am proud of how they carried themselves especially during the march held in our city.

Patrol personnel were not given an opportunity to work from home, they were exposed to the tangible realities and fears of those they met especially when the pandemic was just beginning. Their schedules changed and lengthened, they were put onto new teams and adapted to working with face masks more than anyone else in the department. Not only did patrol have to acclimate to these recent changes, but they also had to deal with the everyday, normal obstacles and threats.

Times have changed. Once, generations were told to respect authority and now, the pendulum has swung furthest to the other side, and we are being challenged more crucially then ever making our quests for public safety seem impossible at times.

In years past, this award goes to an individual who has outshined others. I would like to propose something we have not done in years past because 2020 was unlike anything like we have experienced. 2020 was exhausting, stressful, demanding and I truly do not think we could have gotten through it alone or individually which is why it would be so unfitting to recognize just one person. They deserve our praise and appreciation. Therefore, as a group, the people who worked through the entirety of the pandemic, deserve to be recognized for their constant commitment and stoic work ethic.

PURPLE HEART
2020

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Officer Brian Radulovich

On May 08, 2020, Officer Farris made a self-initiated field contact with two people he recognized to have a protection order in place. The parties immediately ran from Officer Farris upon contact and fled into a residence. Officer Radulovich arrived on scene quickly to assist Officer Farris and he located the two suspects running out the back door and attempting to jump over a fence that had sharp barbs sticking over the top of it in an attempt to escape. Officer Radulovich gave chase and caught up to the main suspect as she attempted to jump over a fence with help from her boyfriend. Officer Radulovich grabbed a hold of her and held on tight, even though her boyfriend was trying to push her over in an attempt to help her escape. During this apprehension, Officer Radulovich sustained a substantial laceration to his bicep from the fence which immediately began bleeding profusely as he held on to her. Her boyfriend also sustained a major cut and fled the scene still bleeding. Officer Farris displayed sound decision-making ability by recognizing the severity of the cut to Officer Radulovich and quickly applying a tourniquet to his bicep. During all this Officer Radulovich continued holding the female on the fence while the tourniquet was applied, then he and Officer Farris took her down and placed her into custody. Officer Radulovich was immediately transported the hospital where he received over 10 staples to close the wound.

While during the performance of his duties, Officer Brian Radulovich was seriously injured through direct or indirect involvement or actions of another. Officer Radulovich is awarded the Purple Heart.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
2020

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Corporal Christian Farris

On May 08, 2020, Officer Farris made a self-initiated field contact with two people he recognized to have a protection order in place. The parties immediately ran from Officer Farris upon contact and fled.

Officer Radulovich arrived on scene quickly to assist Officer Farris. He located the two suspects running out the back door and attempting to jump over a fence that had sharp barbs sticking over the top of it.

Officer Radulovich gave chase and caught up to the main suspect as she attempted to jump over a fence. Officer Radulovich grabbed a hold of her and held on tight.

During this apprehension, Officer Radulovich sustained a substantial laceration to his bicep from the fence which immediately began bleeding profusely. Officer Farris recognizing the severity of the cut to Officer Radulovich, quickly applying a tourniquet to his bicep. During all this Officer Radulovich continued holding the female on the fence while the tourniquet was applied, Officer Radulovich and Officer Farris took her down and placed her into custody.

Officer Radulovich was immediately transported the hospital where he received over 10 staples to close the wound.

I am recommending Officer Farris for a Meritorious Service Medal for the lifesaving measures he took to help a wounded Officer.

For performing a lifesaving act or attempted lifesaving act while exposed to operational risk in which extraordinary efforts were used, Corporal Christian Farris is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
2020

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Officer Matt Porter

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Officers were dispatched to the area of Hwy 6 near Johnson Rd on a report of a male walking along the highway with a noose tied around his neck. Officers began checking the area without immediately locating anyone matching the male’s description.

Officer Matt Porter expanded his search on foot to include the area around Ulysses St where the fifteen-foot-deep concrete drainage culvert runs under Hwy 6. There, Matt located a male sitting on the edge of the culvert below the sight of anyone on Hwy 6. The male had the noose around his neck and the other end tied to a pipe under the highway. He was sitting on the lip of the culvert with his feet over the edge looking at the bottom fifteen feet down.

Matt called for help and quickly walked up behind the male who did not notice his approach. Matt arrived behind at the same time the male leaned forward and started to slide off the edge. Matt, with significant risk to his own personal safety, reached out stopped the male’s drop by wrapping him into a bear hug and throwing himself backwards, off the wall, to the ground. The male landed on top of him and began to struggle. Matt was able to roll the male over onto the ground and pin him there until help arrived a few moments later.

The now sobbing male explained that he had just discovered his pregnant girlfriend had been cheating on him and he believed there was nothing left for him to live for. Before being transported to the hospital, the male repeatedly thanked Matt and the other officers saying, “Thank you, there are people who care.”

Officer Porter, without regard to his own safety, intentionally reached out over a fifteen-foot concrete drop to stop and pull back a man set on taking his own life. He could have easily fallen from the edge during his heroic actions where he pulled a man from the brink of death. If the male had succeeded in his suicidal drop from the edge, due to his location, officers would not have been able to easily reach him or cut the rope and lower him down before he died from strangulation.

For performing a lifesaving act or attempted lifesaving act while exposed to operational risk in which extraordinary efforts were used, Officer Matt Porter is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
2020

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Officer McKenzie Metzger

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 7, 2020, Officers were dispatched to Golden Terrace West community to investigate a family disturbance between two brothers and their mother. The information provided by dispatch indicated the disturbance had been physical and involved a knife.

Officer Metzger was the first to arrive on the scene and located the suspect around the corner. She found him sitting on the curb sobbing and holding a chef’s knife to his throat hard enough that she could see it was making an indentation in his skin. As she stepped out of here patrol car to confront him, he greeted her by flipping her off and then telling her not to take another step toward him. He claimed he knew she was there to arrest him, and he did not want to go to jail. He would kill himself instead.

For the next three excruciatingly long minutes, Officer Metzger continued talking with the individual as she waited for cover officers to arrive. Eventually, Officer Brown and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to assist her.

Officer Metzger’s skills as an instructor in CIT and mental health first aid proved to be the most effective tools she used in this extremely stressful situation. The individual was successfully provided with the help he so desperately needed in the moment, and this was accomplished through Officer Metzger’s skill, calm demeanor, and without even the threat of the use of force. Officer Metzger was able to speak to the male calmly and obtained voluntary compliance. He put down the knife, was loaded into an ambulance, and transported to the hospital on a mental health hold.

Officer Metzger spent the next few hours with the male’s mother and brother, investigating the incident and providing information about options and resources.

For conducting herself in an exemplary manner, displaying exceptional courage while serving in a duty of great responsibility and importance during a critical incident, Officer McKenzie Metzger is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
2020

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Sergeant Mark Donohue

Officer Raoul Stoian

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Detective Ryan Beale

On Friday, July 17, 2020, Sergeant Donohue, Detective Beale, and Officer Stoian responded to Clear Creek on a report of a child that had drowned, and CPR was in progress. When they arrived in the area, they observed a group of people gathered around the child who was on the ground and appeared unresponsive on the opposite side of the creek. Due to the need for quick and decisive action, they crossed the river on foot, placing themselves in personal danger, to get to the other side. Although it was difficult to get across, they made it across to find that the girl had begun breathing on her own. They then calmed the girl and her frantic mother. For their actions and person risk, I recommend them receive an award.

For performing a lifesaving act or attempted lifesaving act while exposed to operational risk in which extraordinary efforts were used, Sergeant Mark Donohue, Detective Ryan Beale, and Officer Raoul Stoian are awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
2020

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Officer Merritt Johnson

Corporal Nicco Fanelli-Poole

CHIEF’S STAR

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Sergeant Austin Beck

Sergeant Ryan Custer

Corporal Adam Lanning

Officer Sean Horne

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Golden Police Officers were requested to assist on a drowning involving a female floating face down in Clear Creak from Tunnel 1 towards Golden city limits.

There was a massive response from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, AMR, Golden Fire, and Golden Police Department Rangers and Officers to locate and help the drowning victim.

Officer Johnson arrived on scene and assisted a fire department swift water rescue member pull the female out of the creek. It was later learned that due to the current, it was unlikely the lone F.D. rescue swimmer would have been able to pull the female out by himself without the help of Officer Johnson and Corporal Fanelli-Poole.

The female was not breathing when they pulled her out of the water. Officer Johnson and Corporal Fanelli-Poole took turns doing CPR on her along the creek side until more rescue personnel arrived. Officer Sean Horne and Sergeant Beck arrived and assisted with CPR rotations. Sergeant Custer began identifying the woman and witnesses.

At the guidance of AMR personnel, the officers continued in the rotation of CPR. Shortly after extended CPR work on the female, an AMR medic advised that he had a pulse on the female. Officers Johnson and Fanelli-Poole accompanied the female to the hospital in the back of the ambulance.

In this event, officers went above and beyond to save this woman’s life. It was an extraordinary scene of teamwork both with members of the department and all first responders.

For performing a lifesaving act or attempted lifesaving act while exposed to operational risk in which extraordinary efforts were used, Officer Merritt Johnson and Corporal Nicco Fanelli-Poole are awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

For performing an act of selfless conduct during a time of crisis or emergency, but which is less than valorous, distinguished, or meritorious in nature, or for an act evidencing exemplary conduct or performance, Sergeant Austin Beck, Sergeant Ryan Custer, Corporal Adam Lanning, and Officer Sean Horne are awarded the Chief’s Star.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
2020

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Sergeant Cody Schroeder

Throughout 2020, Cody exemplified all the individual requirements for Professional Conduct. Even in a year of COVID 19 challenges, social and political upheaval directed at law enforcement and in the face of personal disappointment, Cody remains steadfast in his dedication to the department and his commitment to serving those in our community.

Cody actively promotes cooperation and harmony among the department through his positive outlook, joking personality and professionalism. His cheerful outlook is infectious and quickly spreads to all those in contact with him. Everyone knows when Cody is working, primarily due to the volume of laughter and banter coming from the briefing and patrol rooms. Even when having a difficult day, Cody still finds a way to see the humor or the enjoyment in his day-to-day activities.

Cody is known for his encouragement and support of those looking to learn, develop and expand their professional skills and abilities. He is a department instructor and considered by many to be a subject matter expert in multiple training disciplines. He is also a Field Training Officer and an instructor at a local law enforcement academy. Cody was utilized as the FTO supervisor for a portion of the year following the retirement of the FTO sergeant. Prior to, and after another sergeant was assigned, Cody continued as a co-coordinator assisting with all aspects of the FTO program to maintain the continuity for the trainees. His mentorship and encouragement go far beyond his training classes. Cody is known for his kind ear, open communication, and continued support in helping others develop their abilities and achieve their professional goals.

Cody continuously strives to expand his professional development through continued education and training classes. Even with COVID restrictions, Cody still sought out training to improve his own skills and expand his abilities as an instructor. Cody understands that the learning process can never end and always strives to improve himself and those around him.

Cody frequently volunteers for added projects and assignments aimed at improving the department and our working conditions. He is considered a valuable member of the oral board assessment panel when hiring new police officers and has assisted with screening hundreds of applicants. Cody assisted with revamping the use of force policy to bring it into alignment with current trends in law enforcement following racial tensions and national allegations of police misconduct. Peers, supervisors, and members of command staff rely on Cody’s continued willingness to take on difficult projects, tasks, and assignments, even when those responsibilities create an increased workload or require him to alter his personal schedule for completion.

Cody has a natural leadership ability which he shares with everyone he works with. Cody is not afraid to step into the unknown and guide others toward the successful completion of departmental goals. He recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of those being led and alters his leadership style accordingly. He is highly respected by his peers and supervisors for his leadership, integrity, and ethical decision-making processes.

Throughout the difficult changes, challenges, and upheaval we faced in 2020, Cody was unwavering in his dedication and commitment to his peers, the department and to the community we serve. Cody’s approach to challenges highlights his abilities as a natural leader, a professional peace officer and as an exemplary member of the Golden Police Department. 

For continually striving for excellence in his day-to-day operations, working in unique situations wherein his contribution not only makes the operation of the department more efficient but also enhances morale, taking on special projects and completing the work with exceptional results, having a work performance level consistently exceeding that of his peers, and taking extra measures and going beyond expected levels of performance to bring positive, favorable, and occasionally unique recognition to themselves, the department, and/or the city, Sergeant Cody Schroeder is awarded a Professional Conduct.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
2020

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Detective Jacob Lizakowski

Detective Lizakowski attended training with the Department of Homeland Security related to child pornography investigations. During his training, Detective Lizakowski was able to find a suspect downloading child pornography in Arvada, and the Department of Homeland Security used the information Detective Lizakowski discovered to execute a search warrant for the suspect's home. In September 2020, Detective Lizakowski was asked to assist their search, and the suspect was arrested for possessing thousands of child exploitation images. Detective Lizakowski's investigation demonstrated strong technical knowledge, which led to a serious child predator's apprehension. This case also showed his willingness to work with other agencies and promoted the organization's core value of demonstrating technical excellence.

Detective Lizakowski was assigned a troubling case where a great-grandfather was sexually assaulting two of his great-granddaughters. He was able to coordinate a pretext phone call with the suspect, and the suspect all but admitted assaulting the girls. Detective Lizakowski then solicited the help of Detective Gretchen Schroeder to sit in on the interview with the suspect and he confessed to the crimes after a two-hour long interrogation. In this case, Detective Lizakowski was able to draw from his training experience, and dedication to serve the victim. He was also able to capitalize on the talent of another team member, which helped bring the case to a successful conclusion. Detective Lizakowski’s teamwork mindset was critical in this case.

Throughout the year, Detective Lizakowski has been an advocate for victims, especially victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. In January 2020, he investigated a case involving a female who was being sex trafficked by her alleged boyfriend. The male suspect in the case was also a person of interest in other cases throughout the area. During Detective Lizakowski's investigation, he coordinated with victim outreach for services and tried to coax the victim out of her situation. Even though the victim was reluctant, it did not stop Detective Lizakowski from trying to help.

Detective Lizakowski also served as a member of the Porch Light operations group, a nonprofit organization that provides wraparound services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Due to his training and passion surrounding the matter of family violence, Detective Lizakowski has become a department resource and subject matter expert (SME) covering the issue. He also served on the Jefferson County Multi-Disciplinary High-Risk Domestic Violence Team (MDT) and acts as the department's representative for the Child Abduction Response Team (CART). His actions demonstrate his commitment to organizational goals and to victims.

For continually striving for excellence in his day-to-day operations, taking on special projects and completing the work with exceptional results, having a work performance level consistently exceeding that of his peers, and taking extra measures and going beyond expected levels of performance to bring positive, favorable, and occasionally unique recognition to themselves, the department, and/or the city, Detective Jacob Lizakowski is awarded a Professional Conduct.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
2020

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Detective Gretchen Schroeder

In June, Detective Schroeder was faced with investigating the department's first case involving an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). The case involved a subject acting erratically in a King Sooper’s parking lot and threatening to ambush officers with a rifle he owned. The person was placed on a mental health hold and the case was forwarded to investigations.

Detective Schroeder was assigned the case with no historical reference. She had to learn the process as she went through the proceedings. She initially reached out to another law enforcement agency for guidance, but the information provided was incorrect. Detective Schroeder quickly realized that the process was much more involved and required her to research the issue. She was then able to successfully navigate the process through Executive Command, the City Attorney, and the courts. A temporary order was then issued, and a 90-day extension was granted, restricting the subject from possessing any weapons. The City Attorney stated Detective Schroeder, along with other officers, did an "amazing job." In this situation, Detective Schroeder was able to learn new court procedures and quickly apply the new practices into her investigative process.

Detective Schroeder educated members on the ERPO process and created an ERPO resource folder that describes the investigative process and includes all the affidavit templates needed to apply for the order successfully. She also made a search warrant affidavit template to request information from detox centers for case development. Her case now serves as a template for future ERPO investigations.

Detective Schroeder assisted a patrol team investigating a felony menacing case where a suspect pointed a gun at a victim from an upstairs apartment. Detective Schroeder responded to the call without being requested, told, or assigned and started investigating alongside patrol members.

Her help was greatly appreciated, and Sergeant Doug Allen stated, "I just now had a chance to sit down at my computer and start looking at this case. The CR is GN19006635. I will assign a task to you too. By the way, thanks again for responding to this call and helping out. I was very relieved when you showed up and knew I had the right person to conduct the interview with the victims/witnesses. I absolutely believe from an investigative perspective we pulled off a miracle by working our way to the gun. We started with nothing and actually found a gun. We could not have pushed the case that far without your help. Unfortunately, I do not believe we will ever be able to file charges because the info from the victims is so conflicted and limited. Nevertheless, great work on your part!"

The professionalism she displayed while investigating a suspect with mental health issues, whose actions were approaching criminal charges, were commendable.

In this case, a male suspect threatened violence towards the Gilpin County courts, who has prosecuted him in the past for a previous offense. In response to her action, Sergeant Denise Mehnert stated, "You both (referring to Detective Schroeder's supervisors) need to be aware of the level of commitment to their duties I saw today by Gretchen and Jake. They both jumped all over this one and did great work. My details may not be exact but have the general idea of what went on." Sergeant Mehnert also stated, "Jake and Gretchen conducted the interview, while Joe observed and provided feedback. During the interview, Joe came to me commenting how great of a job both detectives were doing. He collected a copy of the interview and intends to use it for CIT training. In the end, Intake DA recommended the retaliation charge. I wanted to let you both know how great these two did!"

The above examples are just a snapshot of Detective Schroeder's commitment to working as a team and serving as a resource for the organization. Her actions foster a culture of responsibility and accountability to others.

A vital unit goal was to promote transparency and eliminate organizational silos by encouraging open communication. Detective Schroeder was able to communicate consistently throughout the year by publishing a monthly news bulletin. The bulletin served to alert, educate/train, and celebrate members actions. Publishing the bulletin was sometimes daunting, but she was able to work with others to solicit topics confronting the department and promote transparency. The publications were consistently praised for their content and relevancy. Detective Schroeder took immense pride in the bulletin's presentation and demonstrated untiring dedication to others' development. 

For continually striving for excellence in her day-to-day operations, taking on special projects and completing the work with exceptional results, having a work performance level consistently exceeding that of her peers, and taking extra measures and going beyond expected levels of performance to bring positive, favorable, and occasionally unique recognition to themselves, the department, and/or the city, Detective Gretchen Schroeder is awarded a Professional Conduct.

CHIEF’S STAR
2020

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Officer Aden Jones

On August 12, 2020, Officers Aden Jones responded on a medical assist of a male that was unresponsive, found lying on the porch. Officer Jones was the first to arrive and the male was in and out of consciousness. As Officer Jones was talking to him the male's condition worsened and he went completely unconscious and began heavy agonal breathing. Officer Jones attempted several sternum rubs and the male did not respond to any verbal or physical stimulus. The male then went completely unresponsive and had very labored and worsening breathing. Officer Jones recognized this as a probable Opioid overdose. Officer Jones administered nasal Narcan to the subject and continued to monitor his vital signs, with continued sternum rubs to bring the male out of his near-death experience. The male slowly started to come around to the stimuli by opening his eyes and waking up, in response to the Narcan. The male regained consciousness and the ambulance arrived. Had it not been for Officer Jones' quick, decisive, action the male would likely have died on scene prior to the ambulance arrival.

For performing his job assignment in an exemplary or commendable manner and / or exceeding the department’s expectations, Officer Aden Jones is awarded the Chief’s Star.

CHIEF’S STAR
2020

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Records Clerk Kathy Cline

In March of 2020 Colorado was placed under a stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 crisis. Our Records section was given the choice to work from home or to continue to come into the office. Kathy elected to continue to come into the office since she lived close by and knew that we needed paperwork scanned in on a daily basis. This allowed for Jason and Mary to be able to work from home and take care of our children. Kathy took on a whole lot more than just her normal records duties. She was the main point of contact for the Police Department. She received phone calls that were not for the department and got them to the right people. Kathy dealt with folks in a panic and helped ease what she could. She made the department run smoothly on the admin side of things. She brought all packages and mail into the department and distributed it when Jodie and Denise were out. Kathy learned how to postmark mail for outgoing summons and records. Kathy did this all on her own from March until July when we started coming back into the office.

For performing her job assignment in an exemplary or commendable manner and / or exceeding the department’s expectations, Records Clerk Kathy Cline is awarded the Chief’s Star.

CHIEF’S STAR
2020

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Sergeant Ben Salentine

Flight paramedic Reed Clausen called to "thank" and commend Sergeant Ben Salentine for his actions in a medical emergency when he was off duty.

On September 12, at about 13:27 a call went out to Reed's team station out of Glenwood Springs for a heart patient down in the mountains of Garfield County.

The call was made from the Rio Blanco County Dispatch who received the emergency request from a firefighter who was at the location with his father who was the patient. When Reed's team arrived by helicopter, about 30 minutes later, he encountered Ben and another unknown male with him who had provided chest compressions to the patient.

Ben remained in the rotation of providing compressions even after the flight crew arrived. When he was not providing compressions, Ben was keeping track of time for two-minute intervals which was vital for compression efficiency. Ben contributed to all lifesaving actions for over an hour. Unfortunately, the patient never regained a heart rhythm and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

For performing an act of selfless conduct during a time of crisis or emergency, but which is less than valorous, distinguished, or meritorious in nature, or for an act evidencing exemplary conduct or performance, Sergeant Ben Salentine is awarded the Chief’s Star.

CHIEF’S STAR
2020

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Officer Shams Sayed

In May 2021, Officer Shams Sayed was recognized by the director of the Juvenile Assessment Center, Craig McPherson, for Law Enforcement Officer of the Month.

The recognition came because of a recent interaction Officer Sayed had at the JAC - The nomination read, "During a visit to the JAC, Officer Sayed went above and beyond to de-escalate a youth.

Additionally, Officer Sayed supported JAC staff and waited patiently with the youth until their family arrived. Officer Sayed's exceptional display of patience and support models the professionalism needed while working with youth."

For performing his job assignment in an exemplary or commendable manner and / or exceeding the department’s expectations, Officer Shams Sayed is awarded the Chief’s Star.

CHIEF’S STAR
2020

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Detective Ryan Beale

Throughout the year of 2020, Detective Beale displayed professionalism and dedication toward achieving the unit’s goals. He demonstrated great commitment to Golden citizens and organization’s goal of directing more focus on the drug activity confronting the community.

Detective Beale, by far, is the most visible, responsive, and involved task force detective department members can recall. He immediately responds to emails, calls, and one-to-one verbal communications, and promptly provides case updates to the unit and outcomes of investigations. Team members have repeatedly noted that Detective Beale is always willing to help and available as a resource. Detective Beale showed exemplary commitment to the unit's goals of addressing crime trends and the organization's mission of protecting life and property throughout the year. He also demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to addressing community concerns throughout the year.

For performing his job assignment in an exemplary or commendable manner and / or exceeding the department’s expectations, Detective Ryan Beale is awarded the Chief’s Star.

CHIEF’S STAR
2020

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Corporal John Bulman

Corporal Bulman assisted investigations with identifying a serial 1st Degree Criminal Trespass suspect from video, which lead to detectives being able to secure a search warrant for the suspect address. The suspect was a career criminal. When the search warrant was executed, items from several other criminal trespasses were identified. The suspect was successfully prosecuted and sent back to prison. Corporal Bulman’s professionalism and diligence lead to the removal of a person victimizing the community.

For performing his job assignment in an exemplary or commendable manner and / or exceeding the department’s expectations, Corporal John Bulman is awarded the Chief’s Star.

CHIEF’S STAR
2020

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Detective Kris Stevenson

During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, Corporal Stevenson was tasked with taking charge of the personal protective equipment (PPE) for GPD members. Corporal Stevenson created a budget for PPE and created a fleet decontamination schedule to have all police cars regularly decontaminated for the safety of our officers. He then took it a step further and coordinated with Lutheran Medical Center to gain access to their N95 decontamination program. It was because of this performance of duties that he was selected to serve on the county Employee Protection Task Force and assisted with the FEMA Recovery Task Force.

For performing his job assignment in an exemplary or commendable manner and / or exceeding the department’s expectations, Detective Kris Stevenson is awarded the Chief’s Star.

LIFESAVING
2020

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Corporal Trevor Novak

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Corporal Novak responded to an unconscious person. Dispatch advised a caller found his roommate unconscious but breathing. It was further reported that he moved the roommate to the floor and his lips turned blue. Corporal Novak arrived on scene, assessed the situation noticing the roommate’s lips were blue and he was not breathing. He was also unresponsive to sternum rubs. Corporal Novak began CPR by performing chest compressions.

A brief time later, the roommate’s arm moved, and he took multiple labored breaths. As this was occurring, AMR paramedics arrived on scene and Corporal Novak continued to assist by connecting an AED, the AED advised "no shock" do to a faint pulse. After being provided various medications, the roommate regained consciousness in a confused and delirious state.

For performing an act through prompt and alert action that resulted in the saving of a human life through rescue or medical related efforts with no personal risk to themselves, Corporal Trevor Novak is awarded the Life Saving Award.

LIFESAVING
2020

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Officer Jodene Fowler

On April 7, 2020, at 10:44, Officer Fowler responded to the area of Hwy 6 and Ulysses St on a report of a welfare check. It was reported that there was a man in a wheelchair crying and incoherent.

The man told Officer Fowler he was stuck on the tracks. Officer Fowler asked if she could help him off the tracks and as she walked toward him, he pushed himself off the tracks and was clearly not stuck. Officer Fowler stated, "while speaking with him, the safety arms for the light rail crossing came down and the safety lights went on. He stayed near the crossing and commented, 'I was waiting for that train'.” She asked him why he was waiting for the train on the tracks and noted the following:

• He said something about building the train but did not answer her other questions.

• As the train passed, he waived at the train and started wheeling away from her.

• Officer Fowler asked him if there was anything she could help him with, and he began crying.

• Officer Fowler wrote in her report, "He and I spoke. He told me his daughter had just committed suicide, he was reading her journal and discovered she had been raped. He was blaming himself and feeling bad…”

Officer Fowler convinced the man to let her give him a ride to the Crisis Center.

While enroute to the Crisis Center, he thanked Officer Fowler for helping him because he had been on the light rail tracks to kill himself to be with his daughter.

Upon arrival at the Crisis Center, he saw a West Metro fire truck and ambulance. He again instantly became incredibly angry and aggressive, making comments about how he was not going with them, he would kick their asses, he wanted out of Officer Fowler’s car, and said she had lied to him. He became uncooperative and aggressive. He was transported to the hospital on a mental health hold.

For performing an act through prompt and alert action that resulted in the saving of a human life through rescue or medical related efforts with no personal risk to themselves, Officer Jodene Fowler is awarded the Life Saving Award.

LIFESAVING
2020

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Officer Aden Jones

Officers were dispatched to an unknown injury traffic accident outside a residence on Ulysses St. A gray Jeep crashed head on into a parked car (unattended). On Officers arrival, the driver of the Jeep was still sitting in the driver’s seat but was unresponsive. Officer Jones quickly assessed the driver, and he was slowly moving his arms and breathing slowly but was unresponsive. After about a minute or two, he stopped breathing and stopped moving. Officer Jones, Officer Zutman, Corporal Novak, and AMR pulled him out of the vehicle and onto the sidewalk. CPR was started and Officer Jones assisted in the rotation with giving CPR compressions.

After about 10 minutes of CPR and other life saving measures, to include Narcan administered by AMR, Duran had a strong pulse and had started breathing on his own. He was transported to the Hospital where he later became fully conscious and alert.

For performing an act through prompt and alert action that resulted in the saving of a human life through rescue or medical related efforts with no personal risk to themselves, Officer Aden Jones is awarded the Life Saving Award.

LIFESAVING
2020

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Officer Aden Jones

Corporal Adam Lanning

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 23:32, Officers were dispatched to an unconscious male who was still breathing. Officer Jones arrived first and did a quick evaluation and believed the male to be overdosing. Officer Jones requested the Corporal Lanning to bring Narcan. Officer Jones attempted to wake the male with no results. Sternum rubs were ineffective as well. The Narcan was used on the male, and he eventually regained consciousness after a brief time. The male was transported to the hospital. Officers followed up with AMR, who advised the male said he took a little white pill but would not divulge anything further.

AMR advised they believed the male was overdosing on an opioid type of pill and the Narcan saved his life.

For performing an act through prompt and alert action that resulted in the saving of a human life through rescue or medical related efforts with no personal risk to themselves, Corporal Adam Lanning and Officer Aden Jones are awarded the Life Saving Award.

DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD
2020

Nicholas Rogers

Mackenzie “Mack” Creighton

LIFESAVING

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Officer Thad Hall

On Friday, November 27, 2020, at 03:25, Officer Hall was dispatched to an attempted suicide. Prior to Officer Hall’s arrival, the person in crisis’s brother, Nicholas Rodgers, and friend, Mackenzie “Mack” Creigton, had to hold them down. They removed the knife used to cause a self-inflicted cut which was bone deep and several inches long. Nicholas and Mack applied pressure to the wound with a towel along with using a belt as a tourniquet. Their quick action slowed the bleeding but had not stopped it.

Officer Hall arrived and applied his tourniquet to their arm which was still actively bleeding from the brachial artery. Once the tourniquet was applied the bleeding finally stopped. Medical personnel arrived and transported the individual to the hospital.

For performing a selfless act of courage, heroism, or valor, Nicholas Rogers and Mackenzie “Mack” Creighton are awarded the Distinguished Citizen Medal.

For performing an act through prompt and alert action that resulted in the saving of a human life through rescue or medical related efforts with no personal risk to themselves, Officer Thad Hall is awarded the Life Saving Award.

DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD
2020

Monica Kennedy

LIFESAVING

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Officer Frank Barr

Officer McKenzie Metzger

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Sergeant Ryan Custer

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 08:00, Monica Kennedy had not heard from her friend Betty for two days and was growing increasingly concerned for her friend’s welfare. Ms. Kennedy contacted Betty’s boss and learned that she had not been at work, and they had not heard from her either. After expressing her concerns to Betty’s boss, he agreed they should call the police and request a welfare check.

Officers Frank Barr, McKenzie Metzger, and Sergeant Ryan Custer were dispatched to the welfare check at 08:17. There was no answer at the door, all entries to the house were locked and they could not see inside through any of the windows.

Monica arrived at Betty’s home so she could meet with responding officers. Officers advised there was no answer to their knocking and calling and they had no legal exigency to force their way inside. Officers continued attempts to contact Betty. Monica instinctually knew something was wrong with Betty. The Officer’s instincts were telling them the same thing.

Officers began an investigation which included contacting Betty’s friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family. Monica remained on scene and collaborated closely with Barr, Metzger, and Custer, providing them with invaluable information about Betty and her life. From their efforts, they discovered Betty was preparing to file for divorce from her husband, had failed to show up for a dinner engagement with friends two days earlier and had not been seen since leaving work on Monday, July 6, at 15:30.

Through their investigation, the officers developed legal exigency to force entry to the residence. Once inside, they discovered Betty clinging to life with a gunshot wound lying near her deceased husband. She was the victim of an apparent murder / suicide attempt. Betty was near death and was believed to have been shot two days prior.

Monica’s willingness to advocate for her friend and the assistance she provided led officers to Betty’s discovery. Her heroic actions on this day are responsible for saving her friend’s life.

Officer Barr, Officer Metzger, and Sergeant Custer responded to a “routine” welfare check, where many officers would have left after their initial attempt to contact. They recognized that something was off with the situation and applied their investigative experience to develop legal reasons to enter the house. By doing so, they were responsible for discovering the injured woman and getting her lifesaving medical attention. Betty is still alive thanks to the efforts of officers listening to their instincts, taking the time to develop facts, and following through with their beliefs to legally force entry into the house and find her.

For performing a selfless act of courage, heroism, or valor, Monica Kennedy is awarded the Distinguished Citizen Medal.

For performing an act through prompt and alert action that resulted in the saving of a human life through rescue or medical related efforts with no personal risk to themselves, Officer Frank Barr, Officer McKenzie Metzger, and Sergeant Ryan Custer are awarded the Life Saving Award.

CITIZEN COMMENDATION
2020

C. M.

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Kris (VOI)

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, C. M. was the victim of a horrific felony assault. He was hit in the back of the head by a stranger and was transported to the hospital. C. M. was homeless at the time of the incident and did not have many resources. It was at the hospital where C. M. met Victim Outreach Incorporated (VOI) Advocate Supervisor, Kris. Kris provided emergency crisis intervention, emotional support, and resources for C. M. in the aftermath. She provided C. M. with resources and referrals to support his physical and emotional healing; she was a listening ear and provided constant support and reassurance.

The criminal investigation and court process took over 2 years. C. M. attended many meetings, hearings and testified at trial reliving this trauma. His ongoing cooperation and dedication to securing justice for himself and our community, lead to the numerous felony charges and the conviction of the perpetrator. With C. M. commitment to the process and the Golden Police Department, we are confident that the offender will be sentenced to prison. With an amazing amount of arduous work and commitment, C. M. is no longer homeless. He has a home, job, car and is thriving!

Throughout the criminal justice process, there were many Judges, District Attorneys and victim witness specialists who worked with C. M. Kris, an advocate with VOI, stayed in contact with C. M. throughout the entire process. As difficult and frustrating as this process can be, C. M. stayed connected with Kris. Kris was a familiar, trusted, and reassuring presence throughout. She continually checked in on C. M., helped him to process the trauma and that helped to facilitate his recovery. She attended meetings and hearings to support and encourage C. M. through this journey. As C. M. says,” Kris is my ROCK!”  Kris’ support and advocacy on this case exemplifies the goals, values and mission of Victim Outreach Inc. and the Golden Police Department. The continual support provided to C. M. by Kris throughout his journey is exemplary.

Additionally, Kris was the responding advocate to a sex assault. Going into the interview, investigators knew the victim would be difficult and had been hard to pin down in the past. Kris did an amazing job building a rapport with the victim. She was able to maintain a relationship and helped the investigation move forward even through the victim lived hours away. Without Kris's help a conviction would have been difficult to secure.

Kris was integral in another investigation which lasted several months. With over ten (10) victims this was not easy to navigate. Kris collaborated with another advocate and did an amazing job keeping up with each victim. They were at the PD for every interview at the drop of a hat. This case was one of the major cases investigations had in 2020 and without Kris’s help and guidance, detectives would not have been able to navigate the needs of the victims.

For staying engaged, providing assistance to the Golden Police Department, and having the courage and dedication to seek justice for himself and the community of Golden, C. M. is awarded a Citizen Commendation.

For continually striving for excellence in her day-to-day operations and whose work performance level consistently exceeds that of their peers, Kris is awarded the Professional Conduct Award.

DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD
2020

Anthony Apodaca

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 01:39, Officers were dispatched to an unknown injury accident. Upon arrival, officers were informed a bystander pulled over and rescued the driver out of a vehicle that had rolled over.

Anthony Apodaca was the bystander. Anthony kicked out the front windshield of the vehicle and assisted the driver with exiting through the hole he made. Anthony sustained injuries to his leg while kicking out the windshield.

For performing a selfless act of courage, heroism, or valor, Anthony Apodaca is awarded the Distinguished Citizen Medal.

CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION
2020

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Corporal Detective CJ Kloberdance

In July, Detective Kloberdance investigated a case where an intoxicated male suspect discharged a firearm in his home while confronting his family. The case was initially investigated as a mental health situation by patrol members, but Detective Kloberdance reviewed the case and determined several issues surrounding the incident. Criminal acts such as unlawful discharge of a firearm, prohibited acts in the use of a gun by an intoxicated party, and felony menacing when the suspect pointed his weapon at his family members during the confrontation. He also had to investigate the possibility of applying for a Temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order (TERPO) because the suspect in the case was having a mental health breakdown due to his mother's death. The suspect stated several times he wanted to commit suicide, and he had access to a handgun.

During the investigation, Detective Kloberdance reached out to the suspect's family, and they were able to convince the suspect to turn the weapon over to the police department as an item of evidence. Detective Kloberdance then charged the suspect for several related crimes, eliminating the need for him to apply for a TERPO.

Detective Kloberdance was assigned the case because of his history with the organization and his community experience. He was able to use his relationship with the family to effectively bring a suspect safely into custody, eliminate any further danger to the community, and get the suspect services for his mental health issues.

For engaging in an excellent display of attention to duty or detail and observation in the handling of a specific assignment or incident that is exceptional in comparison to the normal line of duty, Detective CJ Kloberdance is awarded a Certificate of Commendation.

CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION
2020

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Detective Mike Ciavatta

Detective Ciavatta investigated a case where a young girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a worker at the Golden’s Ullrgrass Festival. The girl was allegedly sexually assaulted after leaving the side of her mother to play with the worker. There was no evidence to support that anything happened other than the little girl making a statement that the worker touched her. Detective Ciavatta responded to investigate the case and quickly sought out resources to assist his investigation. He even solicited the help of his sergeant to help with the presentation of a photo array. The case was deemed unfounded, but that did not stop Detective Ciavatta from following established investigative procedures and attempting to serve the victim.

Ciavatta displays a quality of work that reflects high professional standards. An example of this is when Chief William Kilpatrick spoke to a person about his work product and how impressed that person was during Detective Ciavatta’s interaction with their organization. In an email, Chief Kilpatrick stated, “Yesterday I was at a meeting. At the end of the meeting, Don Mosley, the executive director of the Child Advocacy Center stopped me to tell me that his staff was extremely impressed with the work you did on the child sex assault that happened during the ULLR fest a few weeks ago. They told him you did a spectacular job, particularly given the limited amount of information you had at your disposal. They were very appreciative of your response and method of dealing with the case.”  Detective Ciavatta’s performance in this case made an excellent impression with an outside agency, which coincides with the unit’s goal of providing excellence service and professionalism.

For engaging in an excellent display of attention to duty or detail and observation in the handling of a specific assignment or incident that is exceptional in comparison to the normal line of duty, Detective Michael Ciavatta is awarded a Certificate of Commendation.

CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION
2020

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Officer Raoul Stoian

Officer Stoian has become the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for riot control for the Golden Police Department. During in service training in 2020, Officer Stoian taught classes on riot control to members of GPD. He was also able to acquire new riot control equipment. This equipment and training were put to use during the 2020 riots in Denver where several GPD members were deployed. Their deployment was safer thanks to Officer Stoian's foresight into the need for new equipment and training. Officer Stoian then took it a step further and assisted with revamping the mobile field force/crowd control policy following the riots. He has continued to work with regional MFF teams to develop the best practices moving forward.

For engaging in an excellent display of attention to duty or detail and observation in the handling of a specific assignment or incident that is exceptional in comparison to the normal line of duty, Officer Raoul Stoian is awarded a Certificate of Commendation.


2019


OFFICER OF THE YEAR
2019

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Officer Adam Zutman

Congratulations to Officer Adam Zutman who was named Golden Police Department 2019 Officer of the Year.

Adam has been a police officer with the City of Golden since 2005. Prior to that he had several years of service at the Colorado School of Mines Police Department here in Golden.

Officer Zutman is a master instructor in firearms and driving. In addition, he is one of only three FAA licensed drone pilots serving with the agency and has taken a highly active role in the City’s drone program by completing a proposal to acquire three new aircraft and developing an operation manual for the program, among other accomplishments.

Officer Zutman took an equally active role with both the department firearms program and driving program. He taught classes with the JCO for rifle use, shotgun use and a rifle instructor course, and maintains and updates the training manuals for firearms. He acquired six new rifle kits and three new shotgun kits for the department, all under budget.

Officer Zutman is an active full-time officer who has accomplished more than can be listed here. He is a true asset to the department.

LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD
2019

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Deputy Chief of Police Joe Harvey

Deputy Chief of Police Joe Harvey

Congratulations to Deputy Chief Joe Harvey who was given the 2019 Leadership Excellence Award.

In 2019, D.C. Harvey was promoted from Captain to Deputy Chief. In both his current role and his previous rank of captain he has routinely taken on the responsibility of project management, mentoring department personnel, acting as a sounding board as well as educating and providing leadership to the two captains. He also fills in whenever and wherever needed on behalf of Chief Kilpatrick, attending meetings, public speaking, interacting with the city manager and city council and simply whatever else is needed.

Over the years he has worked diligently on the Golden PD accreditation process, developed and recommended policy, revamped the evaluation system, created an entirely new budget process, took the lead on the IACP staff study, created a policy review committee, worked to create organizational accountability, and consistently seeks to improve the functioning of individuals and the department as a whole.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
2019

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Chief of Police Bill Kilpatrick

Chief of Police Bill Kilpatrick

Has been recognized for performance of exemplified significant achievement in having served the Golden Police Department in good standing for 30 years.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
2019

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Officer Jodene Fowler

Has been recognized for performance of exemplified significant achievement in having served the Golden Police Department in good standing for 25 years.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
2019

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Sergeant Ben Salentine

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 4:21 pm, Sergeant Ben Salentine responded to a fire alarm at 1433 Lunnonhaus Dr.

When he arrived on scene he was flagged down by numerous bystanders and observed smoke coming from apartment #11 window. He went to the door and observed smoke coming from under the door. He banged on the door and got no answer. He pushed open the door and entered the apartment filled with smoke and removed the only occupant who was dazed and intoxicated.

Andy Wazny of the Pleasantview Fire Department wrote “I think it is safe to say that Sergeant Salentine did go above and beyond to get this guy out….and potentially save his life.”

For the performance of an act, where Sergeant Salentine was exposed to operational risk and personal danger while saving a life, he is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
2019

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Deputy Nanette Knox

Deputy Gregory Sikes

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Deputy Randal Owens

On Thursday, July 4, 2019, at about 2:40 a.m. Golden Officers were dispatched to a fire inside a townhome at 18231 W 3rd Avenue. At the time, all Golden officers were responding from the northern area of town.

Dispatch advised there were Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies closer to the location and asked for approval to have them respond. Approval was immediately given, and the deputies were dispatched.

Within a few moments, the deputies arrived to discover the end unit of a four-home townhome building, filled with smoke with a visible fire in the upstairs portion of the home. Neighbors reported the resident of the home was an alcoholic and most likely inside.

Deputy Randall Owens, Deputy Nanette Knox and Deputy Gregory Sikes forced entry into the residence and began searching through the smoke filled upstairs, next to the rapidly growing fire, in an attempt to locate the homeowner.

Deputy Owens moved to the basement area where he located the resident passed out in a back bedroom. Deputy Owens was able to wake the resident and help him out of the home and to safety as Golden PD and Fire personnel were arriving.

Sergeant Custer was one of the first Golden PD units to arrive and could see how serious the situation was. The upstairs portion of the residence was completely filled with smoke from the expanding fire and the basement area was rapidly filling with smoke from the upper area.

The swift and courageous response by Deputy Owens, Deputy Knox, and Deputy Sikes, despite the obvious danger to their own personal safety, led to the successful rescue of the homeowner.

For performing an act of gallantry beyond the call of duty to save a human life and in so doing were exposed to significant risk to their life or safety, Deputy Owens, Knox, and Sikes are awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
2019

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Officer Ryan Beale

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CHIEF’S STAR

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Firefighter Terrell Hale

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 4:20 pm, officers were dispatched to a possible suicide attempt on U.S. Hwy 6 at Indiana (Lakewood). Upon searching the area, Officer Beale aired that he had visual on the subject who was leaning over the bridge looking down upon Indiana. The man had climbed over the guardrail, and it appeared he intended to jump off the overpass. As Officers responded emergent, Officer Beale directed incoming resources to shutdown U.S. Hwy 6. Traffic was extremely heavy on U.S. Hwy 6 and Indiana at the time of the call.

West Metro Fire was able to block the southbound lanes of Indiana. Officer Beale was able to block one of the northbound lanes of Indiana and made his way up the embankment of U.S. Hwy 6. CSP Trooper N.W. Trujillo arrived on scene and blocked traffic on U.S. Hwy 6 with his patrol car.

West Metro Firefighter Terrell Hale was on Indiana below the subject. He was speaking to the man trying to keep him from jumping off of the overpass.

Officer Beale and CSP Trooper Trujillo were able to run across traffic from the south side to the north side of Hwy 6. They crossed six lanes of traffic in order to close the distance to the suicidal subject. Officer Beale and CSP Trooper Trujillo made their way through traffic and ultimately were able to grab the subject, pulling him back to the safe side of the guardrail. Just before Officers were able to secure the subject, he had thrown his personal items off the bridge down onto Indiana. The man was incredibly distraught and had given up on life. He was recently released from the Jefferson County Detention Facility on a 3rd degree assault charge. Although he was crying and had a challenging time formulating word, he was incredibly happy to be alive.

For performing an act of gallantry beyond the call of duty to save a human life and in so doing were exposed to significant risk to their life or safety, Detective Beale and Trooper Trujillo are awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.