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Public Safety Awards & Recognition



On Friday, May 9, 2014 at Esplendor Resort, the Nogales Rotary Club, Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office, Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and the Public Safety Awards Committee recognized the tremendous acts of valor demonstrated by officers of the Santa Cruz County public safety agencies. One of the largest event of its kind in the county, business community, government, elected officials and the media said THANK YOU to public safety for their service.

The celebration began with a welcome speech of Mr. Alfredo I. Velasquez, Nogales Rotary Club President, followed by the Posting of the Colors by the Color Guard; the signing of the National Anthem by Ms. Sophia Andrade; Invocation by Father Martin Martinez, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Introduction of Nogales Rotary Club by Mr. Rudy Piña, Nogales Rotary Club President Elect.

The recognition of officers and personal of public safety is an important aspect of Santa Cruz County Public Safety Agencies activities. Presenting awards and recognition for distinguished service provides recognition, enhances morale, reinforces the department’s commitment to the maintaining a high standard of performance by its members and motivates personnel to perform their duties at the highest possible level.

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Public Safety of the Year award winner was officer Pedro “Pete” Molera, Nogales Police Department.

Officer Pedro “Pete” Molera  Nogales Police Department  Nominated by Lt. Octavio Gradillas, Patrol Operations In November 2013, Officer Molera responded to a call regarding a suicidal female at the Lomas Mariposa Apartments. Officer Molera climbed onto the roof of the apartment and with brute strength pulled the lady away from the ledge thereby saving her life, because of his heroic action he was nominated for the Nogales Police Department Life Saving Award. A few days later he took it upon himself to take the time to visit the lady. Officer Molera is recognized by his fellow police officers as a leader and sets a strong example of professionalism and compassion.

Officer Pedro “Pete” Molera
Nogales Police Department
Nominated by Lt. Octavio Gradillas, Patrol Operations
In November 2013, Officer Molera responded to a call regarding a suicidal female at the Lomas Mariposa Apartments. Officer Molera climbed onto the roof of the apartment and with brute strength pulled the lady away from the ledge thereby saving her life, because of his heroic action he was nominated for the Nogales Police Department Life Saving Award. A few days later he took it upon himself to take the time to visit the lady. Officer Molera is recognized by his fellow police officers as a leader and sets a strong example of professionalism and compassion.

Public Safety Awards Committee
Mr. Derek Arnson, Ms. Leslie Lawson, Mr. Tony Estrada and Mr. Rudy Piña

Judges
Ms. Sandra Davila, Mr. Mike Scott, Mr. Rudy Piña, Mr. Jorge Leon, Mr. Nohe Garcia and Mr. Arnold Quijada

Event sponsors
Nogales Rotary Club • George E. Silva, Santa Cruz County Attorney • Mr. Tony Estrada, Santa Cruz County Sheriff • Mr. Alfredo I. Velasquez, Santa Cruz County School Superintendent • Nogales Tactical • Cropper’s Chevrolet, Buick, & GMC • Horne Ford • Nogales Fraternal Order of Police • Dr. & Mrs. Arnoldo Montiel • Mr. & Mrs. Scott • La Roca Restaurant • Las Vigas Restaurant • Zula’s Restaurant

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