“Everybody rocks. Don’t applaud for me, applaud for yourselves,” he said.
Garcia, a former firefighter, has proved outstanding community service in training medics, Cody said.
OUPD recognized both an officer and employee of the year at the banquet. Sgt. Tim Huff, or as some know him, “Brother Huff,” was named Officer of the Year.
Woolen said Huff works diligently behind the scenes and is known for his quiet professionalism.
Employee of the Year went to Tim Sieger, who is responsible for keeping and storing records at the university’s police department and often takes on a lot of non-job-related tasks, Woolen said.
“I’m just the guy that deals with everything after it happened,” Sieger said while he thanked everyone, joking that some of the officers make his job easier and others do not.
The executive director of the Mary Abbot Children’s House recognized Norman Detective David Freudiger with the Wayne Martin Memorial Award this year. The award is given to someone who demonstrates the same unwavering commitment to children officer Wayne Martin did before he was killed in a car wreck.
Freudiger said he was honored to receive the award and was grateful for the partnership with the DA’s office and NPD with the Abbott House.
Two scholarship recipients also were recognized: Destiny Robertson, who received the Steve Cain Memorial Scholarship, and Anna Bishop, who received the John Dutch Memorial Scholarship.
The Steve Cain and John Dutch Memorial Scholarships are named in honor of the late Steve Cain, a retired captain who served with the NPD for 29 years, and the late John Dutch, Norman fire chief of 14 years. The scholarships are presented to dependents of public safety officers working in Cleveland County.
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