Beaumont Police gathered to present honors to officers and community leaders Thursday evening, Oct. 18, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Beaumont at their 2012 Annual Awards Banquet.
Detective Bobby Anderson opened the ceremony and welcomed guests to the yearly event. The Officer Conrad Gernale Memorial Scout Troop 194 presented the colors. After the flags were mounted and allegiance pledged, Officer Odis Butler sang the national anthem to the standing audience. Pastor Howard Cameron of Trinity Church in Beaumont performed the invocation. Mike Custer and the Phonographs provided the music for the banquet.
Police Chief James “Jimmy” Singletary addressed the crowd, thanking all those gathered for their law enforcement and community efforts. Singletary expressed his appreciation for federal agencies with whom his office works closely and acknowledged members of the FBI, ATF and other federal agencies present at the banquet.
Singletary acknowledged the law enforcement efforts of groups in the community such as Crime Stoppers, an organization offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved with certain criminal activities in the area, and Citizens in Action, a local group who tickets vehicles illegally parked in spaces for disabled people.
“You can’t talk them out of a ticket, so don’t even try,” Singletary said laughing.
Singletary said he has striven for his department to be open with the public and let the community know about the good and bad things going on in Beaumont. He said he is pleased to lead such a brave group of officers.
“Beaumont has every right to be proud of our city,” Singletary said. “The day of the courthouse shooting (in March of this year), I could not be more proud of my officers. They ran toward the gunfire into harm’s way. … Day in and day out, our officers are out there fighting the good fight.”
After dinner, the following awards were some of those presented at the ceremony:
Special Response Team Service Award: Lieutenant Roger Richmond, Officer James Riley, Officer Benny Owens
Chief Commendation: Officer Michael Davis, Officer Jeremy Shoemaker, Officer Doug Kibodeaux, Detective Tomora Hamilton
Distinguished Police Service Award: Officer Kacey Nonette, Sergeant Al Johnson, Sergeant Lance Tiner, Detective Sheila Barton
Meritorious Service Award: Detective Cindy Ball, Detective Aaron Lewallen
Civilian Employee of the Year: Glenda Piazza
Rookie of the Year: Officer Matthew Roberts
Officer of the Year: Detective Aaron Lewallen
Police Cross: Officer Bryan Hebert — End of Watch on July 8, 2011
An editing error in the print version of this story, published in The Examiner on Oct. 25, 2012, incorrectly suggested that Officer Conrad Gernale led Boy Scouts Troop 194. The troop was named in his honor after Gernale died in the line of duty in 2002. We regret the error.