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Annual Crime Prevention Awards Honor Orange County Sheriff’s Department Employees

On Wednesday July 3, 2013, the Exchange Club of Corona del Mar recognized members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for their outstanding work throughout 2012at their annual Crime Prevention Awards. Please join us in congratulating these employees are truly deserving of these awards for their hard work and determination throughout the past year.

Operations Deputy of the Year  - Timm Pusztai

Deputy Timm Pusztai is a 16-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department and has been assigned to OCTA Transit Police Services for 5 years as a certified Hazardous Device Technician and Explosive Detection K9 Handler.  He and his K9 partner, Foose, are the foundation of the OCTA’s Visible Intermodal Protection Response Team.  Deputy Pusztai and Foose are the first Explosive Canine Team assigned to the OCTA.  He serves as a valuable resource for both the law enforcement and transportation communities.

Professional Staff of the Year -Rich Silva

Communications Technician Rich Silva is the primary field technician for the Communication Division’s Mobile Systems Unit. Thanks to people like Rich, deputies in the field as well as firefighters, paramedics, lifeguards and even public works personnel, can rely on technology to help them be a better equipped first responder.

Courts and Jail Operations Deputy of the Year – Deputy Jeremy Burks

Deputy Burks has served with the department for the past 7 and a half years.  He is currently assigned to Court Operations Division, North Justice Center. In the wake of budget shortfalls,  he has volunteered to take on a larger amount of additional responsibilities that in the past were shared by several people. He is also working with a group that is rewriting the Court Operations Response Team  (CORT) policy and the Court Operation Judicial Protection procedures.

Supervisor of the Year - Karen Daly

Karen Daly serves as a non-sworn Dispatch Supervisor.  Karen has served the Sheriff’s Department and the citizens of Orange County as a dispatcher and supervisor for over 31years. Karen has been able to provide vital information to first responders, bringing tense and chaotic situations to a point of clarity and control. Throughout the years, Karen has taken care of field units responding to priority calls throughout all of Orange County.

Reserve Deputy of the Year - Reserve Sergeant Don Hanson and his bloodhound, Sonsee

 In 2012, Reserve Sergeant Hanson and Sonsee responded to a total of 88 call outs.  These call outs ranged from trailing duties to assistance in locating escapees, murders, missing children, missing adults and people who are at risk.  Several of these call outs are mutual aid requests for other agencies. In the past year, Sergeant Hanson and Sonsee donated 1,474 hours.  Over his 20-year career, Sergeant Hanson has donated 27,207 hours to the citizens of Orange County at a cost savings of $ 1,690,915.