Police Officer of the Year Kyle Hader
Prescott Valley Tribune
Prescott Valley Police awarded Officer of the Year on Friday night to a former youth Explorer. Kyle Hader became an Explorer in 2006, and an intern with the Prescott Valley Police in 2010, before a hiring freeze during the recession caused him to work as an unpaid reserve officer. He graduated from the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy in Prescott Valley and joined the full time staff in 2011 when the hiring freeze lifted.
Hader was honored for his dedication to taking impaired drivers off the streets. Certified in the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program and as a Drug Recognition Expert, he soon will attend phlebotomy school to better detect and arrest impaired drivers.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Hader as its DUI Officer of the Year in 2013. During the year, Hader took 299 reports that included 40 crashes and 49 DUI investigations, he wrote 713 traffic citations and warnings, and made 133 arrests, the most in the patrol division. He also is on the SWAT team.
Among his accomplishments are several commendations from citizens; participation in community events; work in obtaining needed equipment for the SWAT team; proficiency and knowledge of his job; help with animal control calls; and proactive work on patrol.
Police Chief Bryan Jarrell, and Cmdrs. Art Askew and James Edelstein handed out other annual honors.
Officer Scott Rudolph is Rookie of the Year. He started with Prescott Valley Police in 2011 as a civilian employee before attending NARTA in Dec. 2012. He began his patrol career in March 2013.
Rudolph received numerous commendations from other officers, his supervisors and the County Attorney's Office for the hard work he puts into his investigations. He is known for his quality and in-depth reports, and for going the extra mile "every time," as well as being motivated, prepared, professional and willing to assist his fellow officers.
Police Unit of the Year is the Field Training Officer Unit, honored for dedication in training and mentoring recruits and new hires, with as many as nine new officers coming out of the academy at the same time.
The Community Policing Award went to Officer Joe McCamish, for his passion for the safety, security and welfare of community children. A former Green Beret Army Special Forces soldier, McCamish created a SWAT School Safety Program, which provides specialized training and response plans for each school in the Humboldt Unified School District.
McCamish also created training for officer response to hostile takeovers, which every Prescott Valley officer attends. He advocated for daily school checks on each school and child care in Prescott Valley, participated in policing for community events, and volunteered for community food drive and other activities.
Civilian of the Year Christy Awtrey-Tieman was honored for excellence in supervising the Prescott Valley Police records department. She is known as a happy and caring person who is willing to find solutions, inspire teamwork, and build relationships - which have increased the department's efficiency and effectiveness.
Volunteer of the Year is Sherwin White, who gives of his time in the Criminal Investigations Section, Volunteers in Policing and other areas. He dedicates two to three days each week reviewing and assigning cases to investigators. A VIP for six years, White is known for being reliable and dedicated.
Many volunteers serve with the Prescott Valley Police, and the department this year also posthumously recognized volunteer, community baseball coach and umpire Jeff Cook, who passed away on Dec. 15, 2013.
In nearly two years of service as a police volunteer Cook handled patrol duties, assisted at traffic accidents, helped stranded motorists, and supported officers. He was known for his dedication, work ethic and friendships.
Cook's wife, Debra, accepted his Police Chief's Commendation.
Jarrell also commended Det. Ed Bills, Danny Oen, Matt Williams and Evidence Technician John Riley for their investigation leading to the arrest of a former local charter school student who made serious threats against the school and obtained materials to carry them out. Their quick, efficient and professional work averted a tragedy.
Det. James Tobin recognized recently retired Lt. Wayne Nelson for 25 years of service with a Prescott Valley Police Officer's Association award, and Jarrell awarded Nelson his retirement badge.
Three lifesaving honors were given during the evening, three of which involved Cpl. Shawn Caswell.
Caswell, Williams, Cpl. Keven O'Hagan and former VIP John DeBartolo, rescued one of the victims of a June 2011 fatal rollover accident on Glassford Hill Road. The officers, with the help of unidentified bystanders, physically lifted a vehicle until firefighters could stabilize it and treat the victim. They were credited for saving the man's life. He later met and thanked them.
In June 2013, Caswell was conducting speed enforcement on Navajo Drive when a driver traveling at high speed crashed and was pinned in his vehicle. Caswell couldn't free the driver from the burning car. He used his fire extinguisher until firefighters arrived and extricated the driver.
In Sept. 2013, Caswell, Sgt. Mark Postula, Officer Michael Barriga, and Officer Randy Busby arrived within two and half minutes of a call and found a man pinned under a car. He was not moving, and the car was resting on his chest, cutting off his air. All four officers lifted the vehicle, and a firefighter was able to pull him to safety. The man regained his breath, refused further treatment and was walking without complications.
Jarrell thanked his entire department, noting: "to honor certain individuals within our profession is rather ironic because ... every day they choose to do a job that carries the potential that they may die or be seriously injured. Yet every day men and women in law enforcement do just that."
"'Hero' in Greek mythology is 'someone who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice for some greater good.' All of you are heroes," Jarrell said.