Modesto, CA– Eleven Modesto Police Officers to be awarded the 2012 Governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.
On April 12, 2012 Officers responded to an “Officer Needs Assistance” radio call in the 2100 block of Chrysler Drive in Modesto. Those first to respond to the location were met with the tragic scene of Deputy Bob Paris and Glendon Engert shot in front of a residence. When the initial officers arrived at the scene, the status of both men shot was unknown, and the location of the gunman was also unknown. These initial responding officers quickly formulated a rescue plan to retrieve Paris and Engert, risking their safety to move them out of harm’s way and to provide them with medical aid.
Due to their courageous actions, the eleven officers will be awarded the 2012 Governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor at a ceremony on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Those officers receiving this prestigious award are Sergeant Rick Applegate, Detective Eric Beffa, Officer Joseph Bottoms, Officer Jonathan Griffith, Officer Gary Guffey, Officer Frank Inacio, Sergeant Patrick Kimes, Sergeant Scott Meyers, Officer Robert Reyna, Officer Richard Rodarte and Sergeant Ivan Valencia.
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2003 gives the Governor the authority to award a Medal of Valor to public safety officers who are cited by the Attorney General for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. The Attorney General’s Office receives nominations from public safety agencies. These nominations are reviewed by the Medal of Valor Review Board, which makes a recommendation to the Attorney General.
For information about this news release, contact police spokeswoman Heather Graves at (209) 652-0514.