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Valor Award Recipient

Valor Award Recipient

The Award for Valor is presented to a member or employee of a campus public safety, police or security department for an act or acts involving personal risk while acting on behalf of the college/university or members of the college/university community.

2018 Award Recipient: Sergeant Jose Alvarez III, Biola University

The 2018 Award for Valor was presented to Sergeant Jose Alvarez III of the Biola University Campus Safety Department (La Mirada, California). On December 13, 2017, while patrolling one of the campus’ parking structures, Alvarez observed a female sitting on the outside ledge of the 5th floor.  He quickly assessed that the woman intended to kill herself by jumping from the ledge.  Without hesitation, he approached the woman, grabbed her and pulled her off of the ledge and to the ground.  Upon closer examination, he observed that the woman’s neck and arms were bloodied—a result of self-inflicted knife wounds. The woman was transported to the hospital, as was Alvarez, who sustained injuries during the rescue.  Due to Alvarez’s quick assessment and courageous response, he not only saved a life but was able to call for additional internal and external assistance to further care for the troubled woman.

Photo by ©Mike Ritter 2018



Past Award Recipients:

2018 - Sergeant Jose Alvarez III, Biola University

2017 - Officer Alan Horujko, Ohio State University

2016 - Officer Lori Brasko – St. Mary’s College of Maryland

2015 - Nick Calkins, Colorado College

2014 - Sergeants Ray Bottenfield, Mark Kessler and Jere Romano

2013 - Officer Mark Woodworth, New York State University

2012 - Sergeant Nathaniel Leonard and Officer Christopher Skovira, State University of New York at Oneonta

2011 - Sergeant David Adler, Officers Craig Everage, Benjamin Mauro and Fredrick Nichols, University of Pennsylvania Police Department

2010 - Officer William Bell, Contra Costa Community College District, Diablo Valley College Police Department

2009 - Officer David DeClet, Northeastern Illinois University

2008 - Virginia Tech Police Department - Officer Geoffrey Allen, Lieutenant Curtis Cook, Sergeant Thomas Gallemore, Detective Daniel Hardy, Officer Dean Lucas, Sergeant Jaret Reece, Sergeant Sean Smith, Officer Keith Weaver, and Officer Larry Wooddell

2007 - Officer Robert M. Langley, University of Mississippi

2007 - Officer Walter Joseph Zakrzewski, Virginia Wesleyan College

2006 - Officer Mario Jenkins, University of Central Florida

2005 - Officer James L. Davis, Butler University

2005 - Officer Royce E. McCain, Florida Institute of Technology

2004 - Alan Parker, Shift Manager, Carleton University

2003 - Security & Safety Officer Troy Steinmetz, Kenyon College

2002 - Lt. Ron Capps and Officer Ernest Kevin Brown -Medical University of South Carolina

2001 - Detective John Thompson - University of Utah

2000 - Sergeant Don Boysen, Corporal Terry Engle and Officer Bob Johnson of Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.

1999 - Public Safety Officer Lance Cox, Public Safety Officer Alex Parra, Chief Ward, Lt. Hugh Mears, and Senior Public Safety Officer Robert Posslenzny.

OVW Campus Program Training

IACLEA in partnership with the East Central University’s Safety Training and Technical Assistance for Administrators, Boards, and Law Enforcement (STTAABLE) presents the Office on Violence Against Women’s Campus Program Training. These workshops are currently open and are free for all.