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and guns taken. and gang members identified. and on and on, if you read these things, you would think, my god, everything that is mentioned in these captain complimentary letters surely they will get an award. and they do, they get captain complimentary letters, and that's what we do. when someone does something over and above, as the case for everyone here. the commanding officer will write that officer up for a consideration for medal of valor. that goes to a three-captain committee that vets many recommendations. some of those move back to captain complimentary letters because they don't make the thre threshold of a letter. and many result in a police
commission complementary. and i want to thank the commission, and the mayor, if you think you have a busy schedule, it doesn't compare to his. i assure you. and the police of honor and these awards is not on the way to anything. he came here for you, and he is our mayor. and back to the story. these three captains then will make recommendations and come back and forth and certified before the medal of valor committee. the medal of valor committee is by rule and commission only the captains of the police department and the command staff. that's it. so low 40 something people max, and to get a medal you have to achieve a two-thirds vote. and to get the two-thirds we do that with marbles. i am not kidding. we have a box over 100 years old
that dates back to the turn of the century. and inspector monroe is demoted back to officer and he's the mayor, we will fix that. and this box is passed around after the presentation of the captain, and then vote. you need to get two-thirds of a marble of a certain color to achieve a medal. if you do not get two-thirds that is somewhere around 28 votes. it diverts down until you get to the medal that is appropriate. so i know tonight we don't have a gold medal. gold medals are rare. they are really rare. i have been on the medal committee since 1997, and i can tell you that just about every gold medal was unanimous. and i was commenting and the one
that everyone could understand the most is when the tiger got out in the zoo. and is the police department went in with .40 calibers to hunt tigers. and someone said there is only three things that tigers do. they eat. they sleep and they make baby tigers. and that's all they do. and so to go in and they rightfully got a gold medal. the threshold for the gold medal, outstanding bravery of that expected in the line of duty, where risk of life existed and the officer had sufficient time to evaluate that risk. and the objective is sufficient importance to justify that risk, and the officer was able to accomplish the objective by disabling injury or death. and sadly we have awarded more
gold medals than i would like to talk about postously. and silver medals of honor, is awarded when the following elements exist. when the officer protessed outstanding bravery not in the provisions provided for the gold medal of valor. where the officer assessed the damage involved or a reasonable person would consider that his or her life was in grave danger. where objective is of sufficient importance to accomplish the risk and the officer accomplished beyond their control. a silver medal is a big deal. bronze medal, the third medal of valor, the members of the award
committee shall evaluate and determine by their vote whether a silver or bronze medal of valor is granted. a bronze medal of valor is a big deal. the only thing it feels like not a big deal, when you go in and think you get a gold, silver or bronze, the road to where you are, a bronze medal of valor. i don't have one. it's unbelievable to do what you did to get that honor. and there are more bronze honor medals of valor awarded since i remember since 1997. and you are to be congratulated. so my message to you all. i will go to a movie, i am a big movie guy. there is a scene in one of the "three muskateer," they are
trapped and don't have anything but their swords. and they know that everyone else around the corner has guns. and aramus says, hey, they have been winged on our legends. it's an advantage. and then plutus that is the attack guy, exactly, so we should charge them. and they do. and all the guns go off. and they live. because i only watch movies where the good guys win. so my message is, we are hiring 1,000 police officers. we got about 200ish in the pipe once september starts. they are being weaned on your legend. so when you hear these stories tonight, just know that you are impacting 1,000 cops just like
the 1,000 before impacted us. congratulations. >> thank you, chief. i had to do a little clean up. i failed to thank sergeant darcy for his rendition of the national anthem. could we give him a round of applause. and could i have a round of applause for the color guard that did a beautiful job posting the colors. [applause] thank you, now we will start the ceremony and the presentation of the awards. first i would like to call up sergeant thomas mcmahon and commander garrity to read the citation.
>> on new year's day, january 1, 2012, officer mcmahon responded to the crystal hotel at the tenderloin. to a distraught woman hanging on a fire escape near the top of the roof of a six-story building, between the roof and the upper floor. officer mcmahon assessed the situation and responded to the top of the building. and once there made verbal contact with the woman and spoke with her and get a kind of story or rapport with the woman, and the woman told her life story.
why she was on the roof and why she was going to jump. i want to emphasize that then officer mcmahon was able to establish and maintain a rapport with her and the issues and homeless and wanted to end her life as others looked on at the christa hotel. throughout the conversation the woman told the officer that she didn't want to live anymore. and wanted to jump. and assessing that situation, then officer mcmahon -- now sergeant mcmahon realized this would not go well, and edged closer to the woman. on this narrow fire escape on a building that was built in 1926. during that course of that conversation, the woman began to
edge to the very end of the fire escape and suddenly jumped. officer mcmahon with both arms grabbed her around the upper torso and helderhelder -- held suspended over the sidewalk on tenderloin. and he kept holding on to her as officer dags and sergeant ryan step on the fire escape and assisted sergeant mcmahon to bring the woman into the building and down to the paramedics waiting below. this is actions saved this woman's life. she would have perished on the sidewalk below. officer mcmahon single handedly saved a life that day. he exhibited a perfect accommodation of compassion and bravery, he risked his life to save the life of a person that he did not know and a life that
>> thank you, sergeant, one round of applause for the sergeant, please. [applause] thank you, now i would like to call up captain mcfadden to read the citation for lieutenant chaplin and sergeant mcdonald. tony, and deon, you can come now, thank you. is captain mcfadden here. behind me. okay. >> on september 20, 2012, then sergeant tony chaplain, star
number 951, and now lieutenant chaplain, and deon mcdonald, star 963 were assigned to the gang task force with two probation officers. they were conducting probation compliance investigations on high-risk juvenile gang members. they were aware of a gang-related homicide that had occurred just five days prior. and which a known gang member had been killed and they were expecting retaliation. they drove through the mission district in a known area frequented by gang members. shortly before 8 p.m. the crime members were travelling east, and recognized a known gang member walking on the sidewalk.
sergeant mcdonald knew the gang member as a parolee that shot two people from an incident two years prior. mcdonald notified chaplain of the location of the suspect. as they pulled their unmarked police vehicle up to the location. both sergeants and probation officers noticed that the suspect had a bulge in his waist area and wearing gloves and attempting to conceal the object. the suspect turned and noticed the probation officers and walked toward them. within six to eight feet of them. just of note, the probation officers are unarmed. but they have vast knowledge of san francisco gang members and
often aid gang-task officers. lieutenant chaplain and mcdonald quickly recognizing the potential for violence and danger. immediately exited their vehicle and approached the suspect. in an effort to distract the suspect and save the li life-threatening encounter, sergeant chaplain yelled, stop, police. the suspect ran on 14th street exposing the rifle in his waist area he was attempting to conceal. sergeant chaplain yelled, gun, gun, drop the gun. this done for two reasons, to notify the suspect and two for the officers to know he had a
gun. sergeant chaplain ran after this gun-toting suspect that ignored the order to drop the gun. and probation officers gave charge of the suspect. and the suspect turned twice to sergeant chaplin with a fully-loaded assault weapon. and the suspect turned with the assault weapon in the direction of sergeant chaplain and attempted to line a shot on him. fearing for his life, the lives of other officers and the lives of innocent citizens, sergeant chaplain fired at the suspect three times wounding him. and sergeant chaplain took him to the ground and handcuffed him and seized the rifle.
an inspection of this firearm revealed it was loaded with 25 live rounds. collier having knowledge that the gang members commonly traveled in packs. and recognized another known gang member in the same block in a vehicle. and i want to honor those probation officers that are out in the audience. [applause] it's been my pleasure to have these two fine sergeants at the time, and now lieutenants obviously, and i have lost tony -- if i can get you back, i would love to have you back. for their heroism and valor, lieutenant tony chaplain is awarded the silver medal of valor and sergeant mcdonald is awarded the bronze medal valor.
>> it's a large number. good evening. tonight i will present a complicated and violent event that will result in 30 medals of valor, and it's so complicated that i will read from the original presentation. wednesday, may 9, 200012, two police detectives responded to 861 post street san francisco, they were in search of homicide suspect, dennis hughes, wanted for the murder of his mother that happened days prior. they met with hughes's girlfriend at the front door and said he was inside, and they called for teams to assist. officers roberta, hines and
laprit responded to the scene. responding back to apartment 12. officer roberta was the first to enter the apartment with the remaining officers behind him. as they entered, they identified themselves as officers and advised hughes they wanted to talk to him. officer roberta took a few steps to his left in the hallway and heard the sound of gunfire coming from inside of the apartment. he identified that hughes was firing at them out of view. and they took up positions of concealment on both sides of the front door. a call for additional officers were made and the officers before you responded to assist the officers on scene. officers hines and huey were relieved of their positions and
went across to the apartment of the rear side that hughes resided. setting up assault rifles, and officer huey continued to broadcast clear and concise and calm. a short time after the initial response of additional officers, hughes released a chemical in the hallways. having been shot at, the officers on scene are having difficulty breathing. as they continued unfazed to keep the suspect lock downed. and planned for an eventual encounter with the suspect. at some point of his volleys of gunshot, hughes had thick, black smoke filling the apartment and
making it difficult for the officers to see and breathe. but they held their position. hughes crawled around in the walls and ceiling for those who would try to approach. no way to fight of fire that hughes started. it was rapidly filling with smoke and concern of the fire spreading to adjacent buildings. the fire department could not get on neighboring roof tops. and as a result the adjacent buildings were undertaken and it appeared that the fire would spread. due to the circumstance and the casualty of the event an order was presented to aim and fire at a known target. and likely because of the smoke,
hughes went on a unit and in view of hines and huey. unable to get a shot off, officers maintain position. they knew that through their training and experience that the chances of hughes to come back to the same window were good. and officer hines waited for another opportunity. and moments later hughes again stuck his head out the window. officer huey knew if he didn't end his life that others would be in jeopardy. he fired one shot hitting hughes in the front of the head. it was pronounced that a shot was delivered and the suspect was down. the teams went to the apartment though the smoke and heat made
the task extremely difficult. they extinguished some small fires but as they penetrated through the apartment the worse it became. and on an interior door heavy smoke came rushing out. unable to complete their mission due to the fire and smoke, officers responded to the first floor with breathing aptratus and then determined that hughes was neutralize and no longer a threat. and the fire department was able to extinguish all remaining fires. this suspect led the officers to face grave danger for over an hour. these officers endured everything that dennis hughes
forced their way. and the fact that these officers refused to be deterred to restrain this violent individual shows their exceptional duty. officer hines for his patience, and because of their acts on that evening all officers are awarded medals of valor. [applause] >> thank you. just run up here and i will give it to you -- no, i will call four or five of you at a time. please can i have officer marvin kaptino. officer rex kulenan.