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Pats on the back for police

Service awards handed out at 42nd annual appreciation event to hard-working men and women who save lives.

March 21, 2013|By Lauren Williams
  • Left to right: Officer Randall Lawton, Senior Dispatcher Laurie Syvock, Chief Jay Johnson, R.A.C.E.S. Volunteer Gary Standard and Reserve Officer Dennis Hoo.
Left to right: Officer Randall Lawton, Senior Dispatcher… (Courtesy NEWPORT…)

October was a busy month for Newport Beach police.

On the first of the month, police responded to a call of a man threatening to kill his girlfriend while holed up in a Balboa Coves home.

An hour after that was resolved, police heard from a Kern County dispatcher that two Newport residents were discovered in the middle of the desert after being kidnapped and then abandoned.

Days later, they received a call that the parents of three children had gone missing and the children were not picked up from school. They would soon discover that one parent had been killed.

But the Newport Beach police assigned to those cases worked tirelessly, serving search warrants and working a detailed investigation almost around the clock, at one point being ordered to go home and get some rest.

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The six officers assigned to those cases were recognized for their efforts alongside several of their colleagues at the 42nd annual Police Appreciation Breakfast hosted Thursday by the Chamber of Commerce at the Island Hotel.

Officer Ricardo Adame received a lifesaving award for trying to pull a man from a second-story window of a burning home Sept. 10.

Officers Anthony Yim and Brian McDowell pulled a man from a carbon monoxide-filled garage; the man made a full recovery.

Officers Monica Tiscareno and Adame also received a lifesaving award for pulling a 38-year-old man from his bed and performing chest compressions that may have saved his life.

Police volunteer Richard Simon searched for a man with dementia who wandered away from his home Aug. 20, scouring Eastbluff until he found the man in a gully and called police. He too received a lifesaving award.

Officer John Yim suffered second-degree burns and smoke inhalation when responding to the Sept. 10 fire in Corona del Mar, but continued to work, despite his injuries, before going to Hoag Hospital for treatment. He received a merit award.

When a man shot a gun nearly 50 times into the air and toward a Macy's at Fashion Island one day after a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., officers Robert Hufford and David Spenser ran through a crowd of hundreds of people fleeing toward potential danger, announcer Eileen Frere of ABC7 Eyewitness News told the crowd. Motorcycle officers William Hume and Dennis Maisano approached from the other direction, and police made an arrest without incident. For that they received a merit award.

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