On October 27, 2017, we honored the 3rd quarter’s first responders from the Police and Fire Departments. Driver Engineer Dennis Richter (left in the picture) was presented by Captain Charlie Lopez (right).
Carol Toler of the Advocate:
The Lake Highlands Exchange Club presented their quarterly Police and Firefighter Awards Friday, honoring first responders who risk their lives daily for the safety of Lake Highlands citizens.
New Fire Chief Michael Meador, a 17-year veteran working just his third shift in our neighborhood, expressed his excitement about coming to LH and his gratitude for the warm welcome.
Meador called Driver Engineer Fernando Quintero “the epitome of a great firefighter” with “a commitment that is unwavering.” He recounted to a rapt crowd Quintero’s swift water rescue of boys skipping school in 2015. It seems the 5 kids were messing around and got caught in rapidly rising water at Five Mile Creek. Quintero tied a rope around himself and two of the kids, pulling the boys to dry land. His firefighter mates joined him, and all five were saved.
Lt. Todd Thomasson from the Dallas Police Northeast Division called Kim Mraz “the female Radar O’Reilly,” referring to the character in TV’s M*A*S*H who had near-magical knowledge of the goings-on in the military medical unit.
“She has a master’s degree in something we can’t pronounce,” Thomasson joked. “She’s very dedicated and she absolutely loves it here.”
A surprised and grateful Mraz agreed – with the “loving it” part.
“You guys have been a great community to us.”
On June 10, past president Bryan McCrory hosted our meeting and shared highlights and happenings during his tenure as president of the ECLH. Chuck Curtiss, Director of Community Service, led us in recognition of our police and firefighter of the quarter.
The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands presented its Quarterly Police and Fire Rescue Department awards at its meeting on March 25th. The Fire Rescue Award was presented to Captain Todd Wilson by club Community Service Director Chuck Curtiss and Chief Bret
Stidham. Captain Wilson has worked for the department for 29 years, much of it with Station 57 on Audelia Road He is well known for his ability at large emergency events. He also serves as a mentor to the younger members of his station and prepares them for promotion to higher positions.
The police department award was made to Senior Corporal Roberto Blanco of the Northeast Substation and he was presented by Sergeant John Rigney. Corporal Blanco is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown and has been with Dallas Police Department since 1992. He has served in special units that were created to eliminate prostitution activities and to identify and arrest sex offenders. He is held in high regard by his fellow officers and the staff at the Northeast Substation.
The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands presented its Quarterly Police and Fire Rescue Department awards on September 25th. Club Community Service Director, Chuck Curtiss, presented the Police award to Officer Ashly Carrillo. He is a Texas A&M graduate (2003). He joined the Dallas Police Department in 2006. He is assigned to the Northeast Substation where he has been involved in several units. Deputy Chief Andrew Acord specifically cited Officer Carrillo for his work as an area intelligence specialist. He is married to wife, Rachel, and has one daughter.
The Fire Rescue Department Award was presented to Driver Engineer and Paramedic Joseph Martinez who is assigned to Fire Station No 28 on Greenville Ave. He has been with the department for 10 years and also serves on the Texas Task Force as a swift water rescue specialist. Captain Skip Connors cited him for his dedication and his willingness to learn. He grew up in Lake Highlands and attended Bishop Lynch High School.
Both received plaques and a cash award.
At our Friday meeting on March 6, Police & Fire Awards of the Quarter were presented and we met our new City Council District 10 Candidate. Chris Halpin reported on the tremendous success of the ECLH Casino Night & Auction.
Brent Basden presented Quarterly Police and Fire Department awards.
Sergeant Keitric Jones presented the police award to Officer Bervin Smith. He was honored for all the work he does in developing good community relations in the Lake Highlands area.
Chief Chris Williford presented the fire department award to Officer David Lindsey, a 33 year veteran driver. He was honored for his loyalty to the department and his outside community work.
Pictured: Sergeant Ketric Jones, Officer Bervin Smith, Officer David Lindsey, and Chief Chris Williford
Officer Kirk Benners received the Police award. He was nominated by Lt. Pamela Starr of the Northeastern patrol division and his award was presented by Deputy Chief Andrew Acord. Officer Benners has been with the Dallas Police Department since 2007 and was cited for his 660 arrests and 2,700 citations.
The Fire-Rescue award was received by Fire Rescue Officer Dennis Richter and was presented by Fire Rescue Officer David Monjares. Officer Richter has been with the Dallas Fire Department 15 years and currently serves at station 48 on Northwest Highway. His wife, Kimberly, has also been with the Fire Department for 10 years and serves at station 41 on Preston Rd. He was cited for his long tenure and his dedication to service.
Both received plaques and a cash award.
Chief Andrew Acord, Officer Kirk Benners, Fire Rescue Officer Dennis Richter, Fire Rescue Officer David Monjares, and Brent Basden