The Delta Police Department recently held its annual awards banquet. Josh Applegate and the staff of Farmers Insurance provided the meal, which was hosted by the Delta Elks Lodge. Safeway donated dessert trays, and photos were taken by Kim Shea and MJ Thomas.
Chief Lucas Fedler and Commander Jesse Cox presented the Life Saving Award to Sergeant Ryan Artaz, Officer Andy Braslin and Officer Kent Eddy.
The recognition of Officer Kent Eddy was long overdue, the chief noted. He was conducting routine patrol at about midnight on Feb. 27, 2013, when he contacted a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. The two occupants appeared to be in distress.
He removed both parties from the vehicle and requested immediate medical assistance. It was determined if not for the actions of Officer Eddy, both occupants would have succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Sergeant Artaz and Officer Braslin were recognized for saving the life of a man who was unconscious and not breathing.
"Due to the quick and deliberate actions taken by Officer Artaz and Officer Braslin, the male survived the ordeal and is on the road to recovery," the chief said. Without the officers' quick thinking and calmness under pressure, that would not be the case.
Officers and support staff were presented certificates for years of service. Recipients, with years of service, were:
Chief Lucas Fedler, 17; Commander Jesse Cox, 21; Detective Sgt. Jeremy Gay, 8; Sergeant Steve Furstenfeld, 8; Sergeant Rdean Young, 22; Sergeant Ryan Artaz, 8; Detective JR Reece, 14; officers Kent Eddy, 7; Cody Hammon, 4; Clint Swope, 4; Andy Braslin, 16; William Hammon, 2; Jake Poole, 4; Nick Buffington, 2; John Laiminger, 1; Kevan Arreola, 3; Kenneth Taylor, 1 month.
Support staff included records administrator Sindy Bruton, 12 years; victim advocate Becki Havens, 10 years; evidence tech Jamie Reed, 18 years; and administrative assistant Carrie Reed, 3 years.
"We are honored to present these certificates to the officers and staff of the Delta Police Department," said Chief Fedler.