Rev. Mark Wiesner, above, was the keynote speaker. Left, Knight Ron Cortez presents Officer of the Year award to Heather Radovich, widow of California Highway Patrol Officer Sam Radovich.
Tri-Valley KOC honors firefighters, law enforcement
More than 370 guests were on hand as The Tri-Valley Knights of Columbus honored the region's top firefighters and law enforcement officers on April 25 at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville.
The Red, Blue, and Gold Banquet was organized by local Knights to recognize the outstanding performance of the heroes that keep our homes and communities safe. 2014 was the 21st consecutive year for this event. The banquet and awards ceremony were hosted by Ron Cortez on behalf of the Knights from Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore. Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti was the emcee.
The recipients of outstanding service awards were:
Engineer David Nguyen, Alameda County Fire Department
Deputy Brandon Dennington, Alameda County Sheriff's Department
Officer Sam Radovich, California Highway Patrol
Cpl. Shawn Welch, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office
Detective Anthony Perry, Danville Police Department
Officer Eric Chaloner, Dublin Police Services
Fire Capt. Daniel Moyles, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department
Officer Matt Williams, Livermore Police Department
Officer Matt Lengel, Pleasanton Police Department
Officer Jim Mahoney, San Ramon Police Department
Capt. Eric Falkenstrom, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
Rev. Mark Wiesner, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore, was the keynote speaker for a second year in a row. His colorful and hard-hitting remarks emphasized the importance of first responders in successful police work and firefighting efforts.
As an added benefit, the Knights donated $2,000 for the 100 Clubs of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. These nonprofit organizations provide immediate financial relief to the families of officers who die in the line of duty. They also provide college scholarships for the children of these heroes.
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