Honors for Grass Valley police personnel | TheUnion.com

Honors for Grass Valley police personnel

The heroism of a Grass Valley police officer has earned federal recognition. Rep. Tom McClintock on Monday awarded GVPD Sgt. Joe Matteoni a Congressional Award of Recognition for his actions in pulling a woman from a Mill Street fire last August.

Previously Matteoni, a 15-year GVPD veteran, recieved local recognition for the Mill Street fire. He was awarded a medal of valor from the Grass Valley City Council along with Nevada County Consolidated Firefighter Jeff Johnston and the Grass Valley Fire Department’s Gary Dunne for their heroism in the Aug. 30, 2009, blaze.

All told, the trio pulled two women from a burning building on the 300 block of Mill Street, which officials said saved their lives.

McClintock presented the federal honor Monday at the GVPD’s law enforcement awards ceremony.

The department also recognized its officer, civilian and volunteer of the year at the event.

Brandon Corchero won the officer of the year award. The patrol officer has been with the department for about four years, said GVPD Capt. Rex Marks.

The volunteer of the year award went to Bill Raridan, who has been helping the force for three years.

Roger Waina won civilian of the year. The city’s senior Animal Control officer has been with the department for more than 15 years, Marks said.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin e-mail kmagin@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4239.

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