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[applause] can i have officer pete sable. officer thomas smith. officer michael wolf. officer ronald laberto. >> mike wolf decided to be with his wife, having a baby and missed our ceremony. see if he ever gets anything again. >> and the silver medal awarded for the first officer on that night sergeant roberto.
and although captain told the story as well could be told. i was there that night. and the story pales by comparison if you saw what these officers encountered. and the fact of the smoke and the rounds going through floors and ceiling and fire and all the buildings attached. i can assure that the shot taken that night by officer hines saved lives as well as all of these officers. [applause] and one person that is not mentioned in the report is captain jason turnis, i don't know if he's here. but he's the captain on scene that had the courage and experience to call for the green lights. and green lights are less common than gold medals. because it takes that much
thought and puts the commanding officer out there. and for jason to make that call merits appreciation as well. [applause] thank you, and one round of applause for the recipients please. [applause] our next recipient is officer constantine saros and pat griffin, and read by officer moser. >> one more closing note and the he is here, lieutenant glenn
marr that led tactical company that night and for whatever reason it's all about his guys. great job, glenn. [applause] >> at approximately 0730 hours on saturday, april 22, 2006, officers john constantine zachos and sergeant griffin, along with other officers responded on a report of a shooting in process that may have been related to domestic violence. headquarters advised that the neighbors could still hear loud noises coming from the unit. upon arrival the officers observed a three-story security gate, and officers led up the stairs.
and upon reaching the unit, the officers noticed that the door was open and the suspect stuck his head out. the officers were on the stairway and with reported shooti shooting, they ordered him to come out and no response and officer opened the door with a semi gunpointing. raising the gun and pointing to officers zachos and fired at suspect and the suspect retreated into another room. calling repeatedly for the suspect to drop his weapon, officer griffin covered position to cover officer zachos as he changed his magazine. and officer griffin fired at suspect once. with officer zachos reloaded and
ordering him to surrender, the suspect came out with hands up. officer zachos and griffin reported on a shooting, and knowing fully the dangers involved and went in to fire and at the officers that responded to the scene. as officer zachos changed magazine and officer griffin covered and only as officer zachos reloaded did the suspect surrender. both officers displayed outstanding bravery and for their actions they are awarded the silver medal of valor. [applause]
>> officers griffin and constantine zachos. [applause] thank you now. now can i have captain mike redmond and officer simmons. captain redmond will read the citation. >> good evening, it's my honor to speak to you in regards to the arrest in which mike simmons receive this silver medal of valor tonight. on tuesday, february 1, 2011, at 3 p.m., officer simmons was working an assignment at the
bank of america at 1525 market street. mike was there to work a security assignment at the bank. as well as monitor a protest that was going on outside. where there was over 50 participants in the protest. a career criminal by the name of joseph hike, chose this day to commit a robbery. mr. hike has been arrested 21 sometime -- 21 times in the city of san francisco. mr. hike produced a handgun to a teller face and ordered her to put all the money in the paper bag as he held a gun to her
face. officer simmons was inside the bank at which time he observed there was a robbery in process inside of the bank. officer simmons immediately notified communications and called for back-up. knowing that he was inside of the bank, officer simmons turned off his radio not to alert the suspect and knowing that dispatch acknowledged that he needed emergency assistance. officer simmons then developed a plan on how he would get closer to the suspect who was committing the robbery. officer simmons took up several different positions of concealment as he crept closer and closer to the bank robbery suspect. while doing this, mr. hike still had the gun out and pointing it at the teller's face. officer simmons noticed that hike start to shake erratically
with the gun in his hand. and was concerned of his safety and the safety of the approximately 50 people in the bank. officer simmons drew his firearm but reholsterred because he was in fear of hurting someone in the bank or creating a hostage situation. after holsterring his firearm he got as close to the suspect to take action. he observed mr. hike turn his focus to the money being placed in the bag. at that point officer simmons knowing that he couldn't wait for back-up and not wanting to make the situation worse pounced on mr. hike very quickly. with total disregard for his own
safety, he engaged in a violent struggle with an armed suspect. until he was finally taken in custody and the gun went sliding across the bank. officer simmons displayed outstanding bravery in the face of danger and finally his back-up arrived. his quick actions foiled a robbery that could result in the loss of his life and those inside and out of the bank. being alone did not deter officer simmons of his duty to protect the public. he did so with his own risk of personal safety and his actions displayed courage. ladies and gentlemen, officer simmons is awarded the silver medal of valor. [applause]
and may i have sergeant dominco defida. >> on october 25, 2012, at approximately 1:30 in the morning. sergeant domenico was working as an investigator with the major crimes investigation unit. while conducting a robbery investigation, sergeant noticed a gray buick pass by him. he again noticed the vehicle as he surveilled areas around for possible robberies. as he drove the area, sergeant noticed that the same buick was
traveling behind him and following closely. sergeant made several attempts to elude the vehicle behind him. though it continued to follow closely as he made multiple turns. and sergeant decided to make a u-turn to see if the vehicle would follow him and it followed closely behind. at silver avenue, the vehicle pulled up to sergeant's vehicle and fired shots and tristrikinge vehicle as he duck for cover. the suspects sped away north on bay shore towards industrial way. without hesitation or due regard for his own safety, sergeant pursued the armed suspects. he immediately notified dispatch and continued to pursue the
vehicle northbound on the 101 freeway. the vehicle exited at caesar chavez and patrillo with the sergeant close behind as he gave out vehicle descriptions. the occupants fired at sergeant several more time as he followed undeterred in his actions to apprehend them. the suspect vehicle stopped on the 2500 block of bryant street. where the occupants jumped out and fled towards 23rd. sergeant exited his vehicle and took the driver of the suspect vehicle in custody by himself while he radioed the location of the other two fleeing suspects. sergeant continued for
corresponding units for the apprehension of other two. he later observed two bullet holes in his vehicle that led to the apprehension of the other two suspects and two firearms. sergeant desenza continued apprehension of two criminals and his quick actions led to the arrest of the three suspects that otherwise will be a constant threat to the citizens of san francisco, i think that the best compliment you could give to victor is that you have family members in risk, you want him to follow up.
give closing comments and after that i will make an announcement. >> so we are almost home, you can tell from the tales you heard, that the phrase that comes from mind from that same "three musketeers" movie is magnificent valor. [applause] so they have made the mistake of allowing us into this beautiful hall. so we should keep control of it as long as we can. please, family, friends, everyone, let's celebrate these people that give no greater credence to the phrase, sf's finest than those accounts you heard. we will mill around and take pictures. i would ask that the group that received awards are since we didn't have room, if you would stay in your seats or the front
row, we can get a picture of everyone, that would be a great keep sake before adjourning to the place for refreshments. with that, i will give it back to sergeant monroe, and thank you mayor and the commissioners and the captains, and for reading those, though captain mcfadden you cannot wound a car -- i will straighten that out with them later. again thank you again for coming. >> so can we please rise for the retrieval of the colors, please.
>> another round of applause for the color guard, please. also a couple of final things. i have noticed that supervisor breed showed up from district 5. thank you, supervisor. and we have a reception at the top of the stairs. and si -- and i have been waiting to say this all night, in the all of antiquities. i want to thank everyone and the families and the officers who were not here that are out on the street doing what these guys do every day. thank you very much. equal good
everybody and thank you for being here to witness and a celebrate the signing of dues process for all ordinance in san francisco. and first, i'd like to commend supervisor avalos for your work supervisor in bringing this important legislation to this body before the board and public. i want to thank all the other supervisors as a role wholly know they spent a lot of time on this to think about the changes we're macro and i especially want to give a particular things
to tang and kim for oh, amendments it strengthened the ordinance itself. i also want to give a very strong thank you it the numerous agencies about public safety but the cabinet rights ease the cabinet advocates many are in the room today including the groups that xhiepsz is rights committee i had the opportunity to hear the stories of victim who were getting tangled up with icing detainers for trying to cooperate with our police department. i'm also glad to have our police chief and he also is the first chief in the state of california to support assemblyman trust act
which all of you has been signed by governor brown. thousands of our members of our limited english and immigrant community, in fact, all our commensurate's live in fear of did he portion and they've mistrusted the system. so this is a message i want to send by the signing of this ordinance and i'm speaking to our immigrant communities that's it's safe absolutely save to call the police if you're a victim or witness to a crime. everyone knows we need to stand against s come we also retain some local flexibility to deal with violent felons and while we
compromised on that aspect of it and understood how complicated that was that perhaps we had points of view on we never lost sight of getting rid of s came. so we do what i think other government's should do we found the common ground and that's why i'm proud to be signing this ordinance. i'd like to take p the opportunity to invite supervisor avalos what it's meant to him but basing also to the rest of the city. thank you, mr. mayor. and i want to thank you for your work on this legislation. we met in early august to discuss this item and i was very impressed with how much you thought about the issue and what
the city is facing and the immigrant in inform and around this country is facing with the s come system. your well, with our staff. i want to thank law enforcement as well as for your input in contrast this legislation and thank you sheriff and the police departments who helped craft this legislation. i most of all, i didn't bring this legislation forward as the defense economy did interest i represent a district about 50 percent of usor foreign-born so some people on the street have experience with immigration that are really unfair to the contributions they're making in san francisco but the organizing that was good morning and the
conversation was very, very strong and actually passing this legislation and doing the advocacy puts you tell u us at a higher level to protect immigrants. and the relationship we build between government and community will strengthen our police efforts to make us safer. and most of all, i want to thank people like nellie who got entangled as a victim and later spent 8 months facing deportation procedures. no one should have to have fear of calling the police wondering if they're going to get deported. people should be able to come forward as witnesses or victims and this legislation helps that
happen. as the mayor said no one here should have any fear again if you're immigrant call the police whether you're a victim or witness. i want to thank the colleagues. i do want to thank supervisor kim for helping to bring forward amendments we worked all agree on to move forward this legislation. everyone are regardless of our citizenship status should have due process and it's a constitutional right and it's the fifth amendment of our constitution and we here in san francisco uphold that and we say that our values should drive our values. thank you, mr. mayor. look forward to your signing this