Officer Robert Paine was surprised to be named Lodi's police officer of the year and join the ranks of eight others bestowed the title over the years.
He was among 11 honored recently by Police Chief Jerry Adams in the 2001 Police Appreciation Awards in a brief ceremony.
"I'm very pleased and honored," Paine said.
The names, read at the last City Council meeting, included officers, department employees, volunteers and citizens.
Paine, who is married with two grown children and two grandsons, will celebrate 15 years with the department June 16. He is currently on assignment as a bicycle officer in the downtown district.
"I enjoy meeting all the people," Paine said. "I think I'm more approachable on a bike than in a patrol car."
Lodi resident Nick Nunez was also honored earlier this month by the police for his assistance following an October stabbing in a grocery store parking lot.
The department's Citizen's Service Award was given to Nunez for his unselfish assistance during the altercation, according to the commendation read by Adams.
Nunez observed what he believed to be a robbery, heard an elderly woman cry out in pain, followed the suspect and and on a cell phone relayed what he saw to officers responding to the call.
The suspect was successfully apprehended and arrested by police.
The department's annual service awards were created in 1994. Other 2001 recipients:
. Dispatcher-jailer Danna Schmiedt, named Employee of the Year for working with the Partners and assessing paperwork for the court on people arrested by Lodi officers.
. Officer Stephen Carillo for going above and beyond his normal duties as a motorcycle officer. He wrote a proposal to start several new programs for the department, including a standard canine certification program.
. Cpl. Chris Jacobsen and Officer Eric Bradley for performing CPR on a suicidal victim.
. Dispatcher-jailer Bonnie Garcia for saving a prisoner who tried to hang herself inside a jail cell.
. Volunteer Chuck Harman, who received the Chief's Award for his work in the Partners Program.
. Sgt. Steve Price, who received the Life Saving Citation for administering first aid to a bleeding victim during a disturbance call.
. Volunteer Fran Reilly for her work in the Partners Program.
. Veterinarian Buck Harris for his work with the Animal Shelter and implementing a program to connect seniors with unwanted animals.
At the May 16 ceremony, Officer David Griffin also received an award from the California State Parole Department in Stockton, which bestowed honors on the officer who was shot in the leg during a slow-speed chase through the streets of Lodi in February.
Adams said the Lodi Police Department did not include Griffin in this year's awards list because the incident occurred after the deadline.
"Look for those next year," Adams said.
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