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Posted on: February 25, 2020

02-25-2020 Awards ceremony


The Danville Police Department held its annual awards ceremony Tuesday.

Chief Scott C. Booth recognized several women and men of the Danville Police Department for their exceptional service in 2019. Booth also honored three individuals from partner agencies for their significant contribution to the Department’s crime reduction and community engagement efforts.

“Let me tell you what makes police officers special, it is their willingness to spring into action and lead by example,” said Booth when praising this group of officers. They received awards for distinguished service in complex criminal investigation, saving the life of another, and other outstanding achievements.

Here is a list of the awards and the recipients:

  • Danville Police Department Partnership Award – William “Billy” Chaney and Special Agent Pete Gonzalves
  • Officer of the Year – Off. Roger Woody
  • Specialty Officer of the Year – Det. Randy Merrill
  • Distinguished Service Award – Off. Jonathan Masi, Cpl. John Dixon, Cpl. Kyle Newcomb, Cpl. Harry Torres, Cpl. Richard Wright, Lt. Richard Chivvis, Lt. David Whitley, Capt. Henry Richardson
  • Lifesaving Award – Off. Melissa Carey, Off. Gerrit Clay, Off. Matthew Gleber, Off. Ian Smith
  • Chief’s Award (Officer) – Cpl. Derrick Lancaster
  • Chief’s Award (Civilian) – Pierotti ‘Pepper’ Travis

The actions and achievements of those listed above are representative of the good work that our officers do on a daily basis as they serve the citizens of our city.

You can view the awards ceremony in its entirety on River City TV or the Danville Police Department Facebook page courtesy of Mark Aron.

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