HANFORD — The Hanford City Council meeting on Tuesday started off on a positive note with awards for three Hanford Police Department officers and a welcoming for two new officers.
Hanford Police Chief Parker Sever presented Officers Chad Medeiros, Jonathan Farr and Chris Barker with medals and pins to go on their uniforms for meritorious or life-saving acts.
He said the police department has an awards committee comprised of people from different areas of the department that come together to discuss officers who are deemed worthy of recognition for their actions.
The first recognition came on behalf of the Hanford Fire Department in a letter which stated Barker and Medeiros exhibited “outstanding service” in the field after they responded to a medical aid call in July 2017.
According to the fire department, upon their arrival to the scene they found Medeiros and Barker performing CPR on someone who was not breathing. By the time the patient was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, the patient was breathing and had a pulse.
Sever read from the letter, which said: “The quick actions of your officers made a difference in the outcome of this patient due to their training and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to assist a citizen in need.”
The second award was given to Jonathan Farr for an incident in July 2017 when he responded to a call and found a woman who was choking on food and could not breathe.
Sever said Farr performed the Heimlich maneuver on the woman and she was able to begin breathing again. This action warranted a medal for life-saving.
Medeiros received another award for meritorious conduct.
Sever said this award comes from June 2017, when Medeiros made a minor traffic stop on a vehicle. He said when Medeiros pulled the vehicle over, he made contact with a young couple who had a newborn baby.
The car had no air conditioning and the father was in the back seat trying to keep the baby cool by spraying the baby with water. The father told Medeiros that he was saving money to get the car fixed.
Sever said Medeiros told the couple that his father is a mechanic and gave them the number to call to get their car fixed and told them he would personally pay for the repair. The next day, the car was fixed at no cost to the couple.
“Officer Medeiros later told his wife about this and was worried he might get in trouble,” Sever said as the crowd chuckled. “Well, he didn’t get in trouble, he got an award instead.”
Sever said there are many acts from police officers that go unnoticed, and wanted to recognize everything the officers do on a daily basis as well.
“These officers did an outstanding job and we appreciate their fine service,” Sever said. “I think they’re good examples of what our Hanford Police officers are."
Oath of office
Sever also presented the department’s two newest officers: Ruben Cano and Saige Lopez.
Sever said Cano has lived in Hanford for 20 years and is a graduate of Hanford High School. He said Cano has worked as an officer in Delano for the last six years but wanted to work closer to home.
“We appreciate him coming in. We’re excited to have him on board,” Sever said of Cano.
Sever said Lopez was one of the department’s Explorers and contributed to that program’s success for about seven years before being hired as an officer.
“We’re excited for the contribution both of these young men will make to our agency,” Sever said.
After City Clerk Jennifer Gomez administered the oath of office to both officers, Cano’s badge was pinned-on by his wife, Monica, and Lopez’s badge was pinned-on by his mother, Jodi.