Thirteen Denver police officers who received the Citizens Appreciate Police Award were honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in the Rotunda of the City and County Building. For a complete list of all Citizens Appreciate Police Award recipients, view the award recipient roster.
Officer Tony Bruce (98020) who took it upon himself to assist a family who was on a fixed income. Officer Bruce noticed that one of the children had been sleeping on a soiled mattress in his room. Officer Bruce with his personal funds purchased a brand new mattress, bed set, and sheets and delivered the items to the family. The family was extremely happy and grateful for the gifts from Officer Bruce.
Officer Jan Elliott (94033) and Officer John Ashcraft (06109) who assisted a female who just arrived from New Mexico with her boyfriend. The female’s boyfriend would not allow her to have any money, credit cards, or cell phone. The female was frightened of her boyfriend and wanted to leave him and go home, but did not have any means of getting there and was stranded. The Officers took the female to the Greyhound Bus Station, used their own money to purchase her a bus ticket home, as well as money to buy food on the trip. The concern and compassion displayed by these officers was exemplary, and their actions in helping this young woman at their own personal expense was a magnanimous gesture of gratitude.
Sergeant Troy Ortega (95040), Corporal Mark Miller (87031), Officer Anthony Tak (00018), and Officer Joel Charette (05141) for their assistance with a distraught family of six children, a disabled father, and the sudden, tragic loss of their mother who passed away from internal hemorrhaging in her sleep. This occurred during the Christmas holiday season. The father of the children confided to the Officers he had no resources to purchase Christmas gifts for his children or replace the mattress his wife was sleeping on during her untimely death. The Officers pooled together their funds and asked for donations from fellow Officers. With the money collected, they were able to purchase a new mattress, toys, clothing, a Christmas tree, decorations, and a Christmas dinner for the family. The Officers along with Fox 31 news delivered the gifts to the family. The family was extremely happy and grateful for the generosity exhibited by these Officers.
Officers Alexander St. Peter (05067) and Richard Harvey (06069) for their assistance with a Grandmother visiting from out of state who agreed to take temporary custody of her infant grandson. The infant’s mother was involved in a domestic violence situation and was unable to take care of him. Officers St. Peter and Harvey, both fathers of young children themselves, realized that the Grandmother had none of the essential items necessary for the care of an infant so they helped the Grandmother obtain formula, bottles, diapers, and various other sundries. The officers transported the Grandmother and infant to their hotel and showed her how to measure and mix formula, feed and change her grandson’s diaper. The Grandmother overwhelmed by the officers’ display of compassion, praised them for their extraordinary kindness and willingness to take the additional time to help her and her grandson during this most difficult time.
Officer Daniel Lucero (75021) For his assistance with a stranded female, who had a flat tire on the way to the airport and was running late to catch her flight. Officer Lucero kindly arranged for the stranded female’s tire to be changed and her vehicle parked. He also helped her obtain her boarding pass and escorted her to the gate where she boarded her plane with a minute to spare. She was very impressed with Officer Lucero’s willingness to help and said he is a true credit to the Denver Police Department’s Force.
Officers Christopher Bales (06130), Steven Rieck (06132), and Gordon Seib (05018) for their assistance with a family (two adults an infant in a stroller) who were found standing on the side of I-70 and Federal Boulevard. The family relayed to the officers they had lost their housing, jobs, and “were just down on their luck.” They were attempting to stay at the Motel 6, which was $39.00 a night, but unfortunately, they only had $30.00. The officers checked with several shelters but found none that could accommodate a family at short notice. The officers contacted the Motel 6, arranged with the manager to reduce the room price for the family, and pooled together their own money so the family could stay for the weekend. They also transported the family to the Grocery store so they could purchase baby food, milk and other sundries. Another call was placed to a local restaurant and the owners donated enough food to feed a family of eight without hesitation. The family was very gracious for the generosity displayed by the officers and overwhelmed by their display of compassion.