9/25/2013 8:33:00 AM Elks, community honor officer, firefighter of the year
Review/Heidi Dahms Foster
Chino Valley Police Chief Chuck Wynn and Elks Exalted Ruler Beverly Swanty award Det. Steven Jones with the 2013 Officer of the Year honors during a dinner at Gabby’s Banquet Hall Friday night.
Review/Heidi Dahms Foster
Chino Valley Fire Chief Scott Freitag and Elks Exalted Ruler Beverly Swanty award Firefighter Glenn Davidson with the 2013 Firefighter of the Year honors during a dinner at Gabby’s Banquet Hall Friday night.
Heidi Dahms-Foster Former Editorial Manager
The Chino Valley Elks Lodge honored the community's Officer and Firefighter of the Year during a dinner at Gabby's Banquet Hall Friday night.
Police Chief Chuck Wynn introduced Officer of the Year, Det. Steven Jones, amid a good amount of ribbing. Wynn also told the audience that he had ordered no emergencies for the night, as last year an incident emptied the banquet hall of officers and firefighters as they responded to duty.
"One thing about Steve is he's persistent," Wynn said of his Officer of the Year. "I've been firing Steve four times a week for the last six or seven years and he keeps coming back. I think if I quit paying him he'd keep coming back. Also his wife is the only woman in town that has a free pass to do whatever she needs to do to keep him in line and we will not charge her with domestic violence."
Wynn was serious, however, as he described Jones' dedication and perseverance on the job.
"I can't say enough about what he's done in the past year. We had one of our detectives go down with an injury, so we grabbed Steve and threw him into detectives to sink or swim. He paddled up to the top and has been doing a great job," Wynn said. "He's as persistent with his work as he is staying around after I fire him!"
When a full time detective position became available, Wynn said, Jones "smoked" the test and won the job.
"He's a pit bull on cases. He wants to treat everyone like he would want to be treated if he was the victim. I appreciate the work he does every day for us," Wynn said.
Jones said he appreciated the honor, because his job is sometimes thankless.
"Most of the time we're holding people accountable. I thank the Chino Valley Police Department for taking a chance on me, and I'm glad to see it's paying off for them and for myself," he said, also thanking his wife, Vickie, for her support.
New Chino Valley Fire Chief Scott Freitag presented a plaque from the Elks to Firefighter of the Year Glenn Davidson.
"When we talked about who should be the firefighter of the year, a lot of the crews tossed around some names, but Glenn Davidson's kept coming to the top. I haven't know him for very long, but I have found him to be a very witty individual, a very nice person who is dedicated to his job and his family," Freitag said.
Freitag said the Chino Fire District has been through a tough year with the loss of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, including Wade Parker, the son of Captain Danny Parker. Freitag said Davidson served as the liaison for the family, making sure they had the support they needed during a traumatic time of loss.
"Glenn worked tirelessly to make sure they were taken care of. It's one thing be a firefighter day in and day out, but in this case it hit close to home. It took a lot of time and dedication and a lot of support from his wife, Erin. Glenn embodies what it means to be a great person, not just a firefighter."
Freitag said Davidson is also dedicated to his studies, and now sits at the top of the list for a captain promotion.
Davidson said he was grateful for the honor.
"Thanks to the chief, the Elks, and my family. It has been a rough year for all of us, but I can tell you, folks such as yourselves, the community, state and country have done above and beyond what any of these families have expected. You have been overwhelming in your support," he said.