Each year the Meritorious Conduct Board reviews recommendations for employee awards based on outstanding acts or performances in which a citizen or officer demonstrates superior public service. This was a historic year in the history of the Mesquite Police Department, as three officers were presented the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest award of valor and has not been presented in the City since 1974. Twenty-four individuals were honored for their professional and courageous service. The following individuals were presented with their respective awards on April 15, 2019, at the Mesquite City Council meeting.
The Lifesaving Bar may be awarded to any police employee for the saving of a human life or for prolonging their life to the extent that the victim was released to the care of medical authorities. The following individuals received the Lifesaving Bar:
Jeffrey Andersen, Matt Gardner, Christopher Odom, Marcus Rodriguez and Bruce Sales
The Certificate of Merit is awarded to police employees for outstanding or superior performance in any assignment over a prolonged period of time. Such performance is to be clearly defined as exceptional, placing them well above other officers or civilian of equal rank or grade. The following individual received the Certificate of Merit:
Drew Chasney, Dustin Chautin, Matthew Hailey, Jonathan Halbert, Matt Heidelberg, Colby Odom, Ellen Onorato and David Phillips
The Citizen's Certificate of Merit is awarded to citizens for outstanding service to our community. Such performance is to be clearly defined as exceptional. The following individuals received the Citizen's Certificate of Merit:
Elizabeth Minera, Charles Smith, Jacob DeRieux, Stephen Adams, and Joseph Garcia-Avina