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November 14, 2016

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Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Holds Annual Awards Ceremony

Boulder County, Colo. - The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office formally recognized team members, volunteers, partner agencies and individuals in the community whose exceptional service, teamwork, heroism, or gallantry in the line of duty embodies the mission and values of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

Sheriff’s Commendations were awarded to 32 community members whose actions aided in the delivery of services, or enhanced the effectiveness of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. These awards are for a wide variety of actions including; helping locate a missing autistic teen, stopping a man from committing suicide, thwarting the introduction of contraband into the jail, coming to the aid of a collapsed male, and assisting with a rescue on Boulder Creek.

The significant contributions of volunteers were recognized with the awards of Volunteer Excellence, Volunteer of the Year, Pat Hofman Award, and the Roy and Goldie Fling Award. Volunteer contributions ranged from assisting the detective bureau with an investigation into a complex financial elder abuse case, serving as a reserve deputy, mentoring new victim advocates to volunteering at the jail to lead religious classes. These significant contributions aided the department in carrying out the mission of providing efficient and effective public safety services.

Sheriff’s Commendations, Teamwork Award of Excellence, Distinguished Unit Citations and Employees of the Year were awarded to employees or teams for distinguished or outstanding achievement in the line of duty or noteworthy performance.

Meritorious Service Medal for service excellence over a number of years was conferred to 20 staff members.

The Life Saving Medal was conferred nine times to staff members for their actions that saved a life. Deputy Melody Fanatia, who works at the Boulder County Jail, received an unprecedented two lifesaving medals.

The Bronze Star Medal was conferred to three staff members for their heroism in the line of duty during the February 5 shooting that occurred on North Broadway in Boulder. Their response into an unknown situation to provide rescue for a victim of a gunshot provided the wounded man a chance at survival.

The Medal of Valor was awarded to Deputy Teri Javes for her act of gallantry in the line of duty during the officer involved shooting that took place on September 10. Deputy Javes maintained calm and clear radio communications while the incident unfolded. She exhibited exceptional and distinguishing bravery and presence of mind while under fire.

Excellence in law enforcement and public safety is always deserving of recognition. We congratulate all award recipients!