Brighton Police Department honors its finest at annual awards banquet

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Detective Justin Moore was honored as the Brighton Police Department’s Employee of the year during the department’s annual awards banquet June 28. 


Moore was selected to receive the award because of his “exemplary devotion to duty, consistently outstanding job performance, above and beyond expectations.” He has been with the police department since January of 2008 and was assigned to the detective unit in 2013. 

As a department training officer, Moore has also trained a number of new officers and on many occasions, worked extended hours to make sure his trainees had the guidance they needed to complete their jobs.

As a detective, he investigated a number of high profile cases in 2013. Moore follows all leads and pursues his cases to conclusion and has a tremendous work ethic. Additionally, he works with the Victims Services Unit, the Explorers Program and is an active member of the Brighton Employees Charity Board.

Officer John Grace was honored with the Brighton Police Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his work in the departments Crisis Intervention Team, which ensures officers are trained to recognize mental illness and to enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills. Officer promotes the program and has arranged for officers and detectives to attend CIT training over the last three years. 

Officer Grace recently utilized his CIT skills on a call and was able to demonstrate that officer safety practices can still be adhered to while employing the skills officers learn in CIT training.

Officer Drew Hadley was awarded the Community Policing Award for his work for helping a formerly homeless woman secure an apartment in the community. Hadley was able to help the woman secure the documentation needed to qualify for housing assistance, adjusted his schedule to drive her to the Adams County and Brighton Housing Authorities to fill out applications and even volunteered to be her emergency contact. An apartment was secured for the woman in June of 2013 and Hadley even assisted her in moving their belongings into the new place.

Sgt. Matt Domenico and Officer Rick Stolte were awarded the Life Saving Award for their quick response and lifesaving actions they took in response to a call of an individual who went into cardiac arrest while in Walmart, while waiting for Platte Valley Ambulance arrived. 

Officer Mario Hernandez was honored with the Life Saving Award for beginning CPR on a man who was in full cardiac arrest until Platte Valley Ambulance arrived.

     Officer Murphy Robinson was presented with the Life Saving Award for saving an intoxicated and hypothermic man from drowning in a deep part of the Platte River in Veteran’s Park.

Det. Payne and Corporal DeLein were honored with a Meritorious Service Award. 

     Honored with a written Commendation Award were Officers Ashley, Bromley, Gardalen, Gladu, Grace, Hernandez, McKeehan, McMillian, Michalik, Quale, Rice, Slagle and Underwood; Corporol Wooten;  Seargents Acker, Imfeld, Kohn; Reserve officer Gardalen and Detective McGee.

Breanne Sinn was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Service Award, Victim Advocate Specialist Tanya Isenbart was awarded a meritorious service award, and Explorer Josh Harris was named the Explorer of the Year. Additionally, Fran Booth was honored for being a volunteer victim advocate for 11 years and Municipal Court Prosecutor Adam Golin was also honored during the ceremony.