BRPD recognizes top cops for National Police Week

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 6:46pm

It’s National Police Week and last night, Tuesday, May 15, several Baton Rouge cops were recognized for their outstanding achievement and service.

The Chief's Awards are held annually and recognize those officers who went beyond the call of duty.

One of the men in the spotlight was Officer Richard McCloskey who won two medals of valor for his work in curbing crime here in the Capital City. He was injured in the line of duty and took a bullet to the neck.

"You don't think about it at the moment you're in it,” Officer McCloskey, explained. “You're thinking about the guys you are with. And you don't want them to get hurt. You want everybody to go home to their families. So at the time you don't think about it. It’s a big eye opener. Then when you get shot it makes you think about a lot of things as well. You want to go home to your family."

BRPD's Police Officer of the Year award went to Cpl. Jesse Barcelona.

Other award winners include:

Citizen Commendation
Mr. Brandon Reine

Certificate of Commendation
Cpl Michael Elsbury
Cpl Terrell Averett
Ofc David Bourque
Ofc Brandon Hollis

Life Saving Award
Lt Carolyn Reed
Sgt Monroe Allmond Jr
Sgt Richard Arnett
Cpl Brian Harrison
Cpl Brian Norris
Cpl David Poirrier
Ofc Dustin Conde
Ofc Andrew Desalvo
Ofc Joshua Ellis
Ofc Jordan Lear
Ofc Reab Simoneaux
Ofc Joshua Stephenson

Service Injury Award
Cpl Shane Mouch

Medal of Merit
Cpl Kenneth Camallo
Ofc Douglas Chutz
Ofc Dustin Johnson
Ofc Steven Woodring

Medal of Valor
Cpl Myron Daniels
Ofc Paul Brown
Ofc Joshua Ellis
Ofc Richard McCloskey (2)
Officer Nicholas Morgan

Civilian Employee of the Year Award
Ms. Barbara Spears

Communications Officer of the Year Award
April McClendon

Supervisor of the Year Award
Captain Daryl Rice

Detective of the Year Award
Sgt Christopher Johnson

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