New Hires and Promotions Honored
By Anthony F. Irwin
Thirty-one new and newly promoted employees were introduced last week in front of an audience of more than 300 people at the department's promotions and awards ceremony.
"This is not simply a job. For us, it’s a calling. Earning your position symbolizes the trust your community put in you," said Chief Dan Hughes in opening remarks. “It is a privilege that comes with immense responsibility.”
After an opening prayer from retiring Deacon Jay Milam, Sgt. Jeff Stuart introduced the newly hired and promoted.
Mike Hines was appointed sergeant after 13 years working for the Fullerton Police Department. His wife, Cynthia, pinned his badge as the rest of his family joined him on stage to take a photograph with Chief Hughes.
Five officers achieved the rank of corporal: Eric Song, Donny Blume, David MacShane, Joseph Zuniga, and Ryan Warner.
Song is in his seventh year with FPD and is a veteran of the US Navy. His wife, Carol, pinned his badge.
Blume, an officer with FPD since 2007, started as a cadet in 2005 and has worked his way through the ranks since. His wife, Bridget, pinned his badge.
MacShane also spent time as a cadet before becoming an officer in 2004. His badge was pinned be his wife, Suzanne.
Zuniga has been an officer with FPD since 2005 after also working for Long Peach PD. He was accompanied by his wife, Kindall, as his daughter, Anna pinned his badge.
Warner was sworn in to FPD in 2002 and has served as a reserve officer, patrol officer, and motor officer. Dina Warner, Ryan’s wife, pinned his badge.
Five of the Department’s newest officers were also introduced: James Talbot, Nicholas Dempkowski, Christopher Murphy, Denny Bak, and Michael Greene.
Roland Trudell, a Fullerton native, was promoted to reserve officer.
Christina North, daughter of retired Placentia PD Chief, Mannie Ortega, achieved the status of lead dispatcher.
Rene Valdes and Victoria Rangel were promoted to part-time jailers.
JoEllen “Jody” Roberts was appointed to the position of Community Service Officer.
Five former cadets – Brandon Haynes, Kyle Halverson, Emily McVay, Anthony Valle, and Victoria – climbed a rung in the ladder and earned the title senior cadet.
Eight new cadets were also introduced: Peter Holiday, Grant Miles, Aaron Smith, Amanda Brown, Denise Bueno, Grant Schumaker, Kaylie Lopez, and Daniel Fernandez.