|As he stepped out of his
patrol car on that rainy March night, Deputy Sean A. Howell
never expected that the routine domestic violence call
would lead to a life and death confrontation. As Deputy
Howell approached the Yorba Linda residence, he found
the suspect holding his girlfriend hostage with a knife
to her throat while threatening to kill the rest of the
family as well.
Refusing to drop the knife, the suspect advanced toward
Deputy Howell and the recently arrived Brea Police Officer.
Subduing the suspect by other means proved fruitless.
Realizing that their lives were in imminent danger, Deputy
Howell had no choice. He fired his weapon at the advancing
suspect who fell, mortally wounded. The girlfriend, family
members and the two law enforcement officers were safe.
For his courageous actions on that March night, Deputy
Howell was awarded the Medal of Valor at the 16th annual
Sheriff’s Medal of Valor luncheon on April 1. In
addition to Deputy Howell, nine other Deputies were awarded
for their outstanding achievement and exceptional performance.
||Medal of Valor -- Awarded for conspicuous bravery
or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of
law enforcement service in response to criminal
situations involving extreme danger to the officer.
Deputy Sean A. Howell
-- Awarded for his actions AT THAT Yorba Linda domestic
||Medal of Courage -- Awarded for the display of
bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands
of law enforcement service in response to non-criminal
Deputy Daniel P. Missel
-- Awarded for his actions during a vehicle hit
and run investigation.
||Medal for Lifesaving--Awarded for conspicuous
actions while effecting, or attempting to effect,
a lifesaving rescue.
Frank Liu and John R. Angello -- Awarded
for saving the life of a male inmate who was found
slumped over in a court holding cell. The inmate
was not breathing and had no pulse. They began CPR
and restored his vital signs.
Joseph E. Warner -- Awarded for saving the
life of a man who was in cardiac arrest, had no
pulse and was not breathing. He began CPR and continued
lifesaving efforts until paramedics arrived.
Deputies Jamie L.
Vogel, Kenneth L. Binning and Steven D. Armand
--Awarded for their efforts to save the life of
a male found hanging from a second story banister
inside a residence. The subject was lowered to the
ground where they began CPR and continued lifesaving
efforts until paramedics arrived.
Stephan A. Shandrick and Christopher Corn
-- Awarded for their efforts to save the life of
a female drowning victim whom they found during
rough seas. They pulled the unconscious woman onto
the boat and began CPR while en route to the dock
where paramedics were waiting.
“The Medals of Valor, Courage and Lifesaving are
distinguished awards that are given only to well deserving
individuals,” said Sheriff-Coroner Michael S. Carona.
“The recipients this year are truly remarkable people.”
||hen Volunteer/Intern Coordinator
Jane Dawson was hired seven years ago, she had a
vision that the County of Orange would become a
broadly recognized source for a wide range of
|volunteer opportunities. Spurred
by Supervisor Jim Silva’s commitment to volunteerism,
Dawson enthusiastically worked with agency and department
volunteer coordinators to develop the current program
which now boasts 26,000 volunteers.
|As the program
grew exponentially in the first year, she saw another
need. Dawson gathered cohorts from the agencies
and departments and designed a Board recognition
ceremony to serve twin purposes. A representative
group of volunteers would be individually honored
on behalf of all the volunteers, and the attention
would encourage others to find their volunteer niche
with County programs.
||On April 21,
the Board of Supervisors continued the tradition
and honored two volunteer groups and 52 individuals.
Volunteer contributions to the County in 2003 totaled
an estimated 943,000 hours of service and the equivalent
of $24 million in avoided costs.
Volunteers come from every walk of life and every phase
of life. Below are a few examples of the County’s
- Most people start curtailing activities at age 62,
yet Mollie Burke of Dana Point began volunteering
at that age at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library.
She’s 82 now and still volunteering. Burke began
volunteering at the library when it first opened.
She took the initiative to organize a guided tour
program to provide visitors with a more in-depth understanding
of the library’s history and architecture. Twenty
years later, the tours are still an important part
of the San Juan Capistrano Architectural Walk, and
proceeds are donated to the Friends of the Library
to support library services and programs. As a tribute
to her dedication and many years of service, the bookstore
has been renamed the “Mollie Burke Bookstore.”
- Since 1996, Sister Rose Marie Redding of Orange
has dedicated her time to the mission of the Catholic
Detention Ministry. Sister Rose Marie has volunteered
more than 3,640 hours and made 8,570 contacts with
incarcerated individuals. She visits minors in all
the juvenile facilities throughout Orange County.
Each week, she counsels and provides spiritual guidance
to the youth and tries to encourage good choices to
build more secure future.
- Michael I. Zedek was honored for his 400 hours and
five years of service to READ/Orange County. Zedek
dedicates countless hours troubleshooting computer
programs via telephone and e-mail. To enhance computer
operations for the program, Zedek redesigns databases
to compile statistics and he develops systems to capture
learner progress. His technical support helps reduce
the time that staff spends on administrative functions
and allows them to concentrate on the development
of the participants.
volunteers have many different backgrounds, interests,
careers and reasons for volunteering," said CEO
James Ruth. "Because of this diversity, they bring
an array of experience and expertise to their roles
and enhance our existing services and programs.
I commend them all for their generosity and dedication."
||ounty Executive Officer James
D. Ruth has appointed Edward Corser as Deputy CEO/Chief
Financial Officer (CFO). Corser follows Interim
CFO Fred Branca who has served in that position
|for the last 12 months. Corser will
begin work on May 17.
Corser has previously worked for the City of Los Angeles
as Assistant City Administrative Officer where he helped
manage the City’s budget. Most recently, he was
Finance Director for the County of Riverside. While at
Riverside County, Corser led the long-range financial
planning, prepared and administered the annual budget,
and managed the debt issuance program. In addition, he
worked with and supervised various department managers.
|Corser has more than
37 years of experience in the field of public
policy, finance/budget and administration.
He received both a bachelor’s degree
in political science and public administration
as well as a master’s degree in public
administration from the University of Southern
“Selecting a talented
and experienced candidate for this position
is the cornerstone of effective, financial
management for the County,” said Ruth.
“In these challenging times we are particularly
fortunate to have a professional like Ed joining
our team. Fred Branca has been a stand-out
performer. He did exceptional work at SSA
and then agreed to help us in the CFO’s
spot. As Fred gets ready to retire, I’m
confident that Ed Corser will bring strength
to our organization and be a real asset.”
Are there any plans to develop a system
of equal opportunity for all managers
to be selected for the Leadership Academy?
The Leadership Academy is a long-range
tool that will be used to develop the
County’s future leaders. The current
class ends June 11, and another will
start shortly thereafter. Contact your
manager to express interest in participating.
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