Nine-year-old Joshua Ayres found more than $200 in cash and gave it to the police. Gradi Jordan rescued a man who was trapped underneath an automobile.
They were among many citizens, students and officers who were honored by South Salt Lake officials last week for their efforts in helping to prevent crime and promote good citizenship in their community."Through citizen involvement, this is what crime prevention is all about," said South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Joe Davies. "This makes it so much easier to do our job."
Davies said that on March 3, Ayres found an envelope containing $220 behind some apartment buildings. The Woodrow Wilson Elementary School student was honored and given a plaque for displaying "real integrity" by turning in the money to a police officer, he said.
"It kind of (gives) us restored faith in the young people," Davies added.
Jordan, a Salt Lake police dispatcher, was honored for saving the life of her neighbor. The man was working underneath his car March 17 when it rolled off its ramp and landed on top of him. She somehow raised the vehicle off him and pulled him to safety.
"She was able to save this gentleman's life through quick thinking," Davies said.
Jeff Green, a convenience store employee, was honored for witnessing and reporting a January gas theft, resulting in the arrest of three people and the recovery of a stolen car.
Shawn Evans also received praise from Davies for his help in spotting and helping apprehend a person who fled from police following a hit-and-run accident.
Several South Salt Lake police officers were also lauded during the annual luncheon for their efforts and outstanding achievements.
Officer Terry Fritz received the Officer of the Year Award for the second consecutive year for his "initiative, good humor and professionalism," said Lt. Bob Gray. He was also given the Chief's Star - the second highest award the police department has - for actions last year that saved the life of a man pinned underneath a burning automobile.
Sgt. Van Midgley was honored as Supervisor of the Year, Teresa Demik was named Rookie of the Year and Capt. Fred Tedesco was lauded for his 19 years of dedicated service.
Officer Gary Foster received two awards - the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Officer of the Year and the Departmental Humanities awards for his work in establishing alcohol and drug rehabilitation and stress management programs for police officers throughout the state.
Dispatcher Marilee Gilbert was praised for her quick action that helped save lives and property in an early morning fire at an apartment complex last November. Officer Stacey Rawlings was honored for his keen observations that helped thwart a burglary and resulted in the arrest of three individuals.
Metro Narcotics officer Dan Woolstenhulme was lauded for his efforts that have resulted in "thousands of dollars worth of drugs taken off our streets," Gray said. Officer Tom Keskey was honored for his many hours of unpaid service and Animal Control Officer Mike Godman was praised for his devotion in finding homes for abandoned animals instead of disposing of them.
Good citizenship awards were also presented to Woodrow Wilson Elementary students Sue Ellen Sandoval, Brian Markham, Robyn Olson, Spencer Petersen and St. Ann's Parochial School students Benjamin Miller, Joanna Sutton, Nicole LaVoie and Jerome Bennett. - Brian West.