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1996 Medal of Valor Recipients

Detective Avelino (Tony) Alvarez
Police fficer Adam Gauba
Police Officer Michael A. Grasso
Police Officer Theodore Hammond
Police Officer James J. Panek
Sergeant Melvin Patton
Police Officer Felix Pena
Police Officer Ray Robinson
Police Officer Armen Sevdalian
Sergeant Peter Zarcone

Officer Armen Sevdalian

Police Officer Armen Sevdalian

Hollywood Division

Officer Felix Pena

Police Officer Felix Pena

Hollywood Division


Responding to a narcotics call at a motel, Officers Sevdalian and Pena engaged in a close range gun battle with a suspect who had shot another officer. Both officers stayed in the line of fire to protect the fallen officer, eventually moving him to safety.


Sargeant Peter Zarcone

Sergeant Peter Zarcone
Northeast Division

During an armed robbery in a restaurant, off-duty Sergeant Zarcone risked his life, and saved those of the other customers, in a gun battle with three suspects who retreated and were arrested.


Sergeant Melvin Patton

Sergeant Melvin Patton

West Valley Division

Officer Adam Gauba

Police Officer Adam Gauba

West Valley Division

After hearing screams from within, Sergeant Patton and Officer Guaba risked their lives by entering a home which was totally engulfed in flames. Their brave and quick response saved the lives of an entire family who instead suffered only minor injuries.


Officer Theodore Hammond

Police Officer Theodore Hammond
Operations South Bureau CRASH

Off-duty Officer Hammond confronted armed attackers at a gas station, sustaining numerous gunshot wounds. Although injured, he placed his own life on the line to shield his wife from continuing gunfire.


Officer Ray Robinson

Police Officer Ray Robinson
Central Division

After hearing a loud crash, off-duty Officer Robinson drove to the scene of an accident, and pulled three injured individuals from a burning vehicle, which immediately became completely engulfed in flames.


Detective Avelino (Tony) Alvarez

Detective Avelino (Tony) Alvarez
Narcotics Group

Participating in a major drug investigation, Detective Alvarez courageously confronted an armed suspect, engaging him in gunfire to cover and protect a fallen officer.


Officer Michael A. Grasso

Police Officer Michael A. Grasso
Training Division

Without regard for his own safety, Officer Grasso dived into the Pacoima Flood Control Wash to save two individuals who were being swept by a vicious current to certain death. Officer Grasso will also be honored in Washington, D.C., for receiving the "Top Cop of the United States" award for 1996.


Officer James J. Panek

Police Officer James J. Panek
Valley Traffic Division

Without any protection, Officer Panek forced his way into a home, which was completely engulfed in flames, and saved the life of a two-year old.

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