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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3:30 am | Updated: 3:22 pm, Wed Mar 28, 2012.

Best Police Officer

Dan Rowen, John Pathammavong

Marana Police Department

Officer Dan Rowan has been with the Marana Police Department since September 2005.  Before coming to the Department, Dan spent 20+ years as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department.  Officer Rowan is a highly motivated and dedicated officer, and is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Officer John Pathammavong has been with the Marana Police Department since December 2008.  Prior to joining the Department, he served 8 years in the United States Army Reserve, and served one tour in Iraqi during Operation Iraqi Freedom.   Officer Pathammavong is currently assigned to the patrol division, and has ambitions to become a member of the Pima County Regional S.W.A.T. Team.

 

Chief Danny Sharp, Trey Brown

Oro Valley Police Department

Daniel G. Sharp has been Chief of Police for the Town of Oro Valley since January 2000.  

Prior to his appointment to Chief, Sharp spent more than 21 years with the Tucson Police Department.  

Sharp has served as an adjunct faculty member for Law Enforcement Programs at Pima Community College and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona.  He is routinely requested to lecture on public policy relating to Community Policing and Ethics.

Sharp holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and is a graduate of the 190th Session of the FBI National Academy.  He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police.  Additionally, Chief Sharp is the Chairman of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Vice-chairman of the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority Board, President of the Oro Valley Rotary Club and a member of the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network Executive Committee.

Fred (Trey) Brown has been a resident of Oro Valley since 1982.  He attended Canyon Del Oro High School, where he graduated and entered into the Air Force.  Brown served in the Air Force as a firefighter for four years.  Upon leaving the Air Force, he worked in the personal financial planning field.  In 2005, he attended the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, which he successfully graduated and began his career in law enforcement, starting with the Tucson Airport Authority Police, and then joining the Oro Valley Police Department.  With Oro Valley, he has served patrol and for the last year has been assigned to DUI enforcement.  


 

Best Firefighter

Chad Manuel, John Sullivan

Golder Ranch Fire District


 

 

Best Teacher

 

April Bettilyon

Coyote Trail Elem.

April Bettilyon is a first grade teacher at Coyote Trail Elementary with 30 years of teaching experience, and nine of those years spent with Coyote Trail. She decided to become a teacher after struggling in school as a child and was determined to give children a better education growing up than she had.

 

Bonnie Abril

Painted Sky Elem.

Bonnie Abril has spent the last 12 years of her 20-year career as a first grade teacher with Painted Sky Elementary. She loves kids and wanted to become a teacher for as long as she can remember. Even as a child she played school with her friends and fittingly insisted on playing the teacher. Everyday, she enjoys every day watching her students grow.

 

Michele Thelen

Quail Run Elem.

Michele Thelen is in her 19th year at Quail Run Elementary where she is the gifted education teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade. Going to college in the 1970s, she said women became nurses or teachers, and she chose the latter. Even today, she wouldn’t have made a different choice because public education is where her heart is, and making those connections with her students and knowing she has made an impact on their lives is so rewarding. 


 

Best High School Athlete

Juilan Figueroa

Ironwood Ridge High School

 

Matthew Romero

Marana High School

 

Mitch Fischer

Ironwood Ridge High School

 

Richard Andrew Estrada

Mountain View High School


 

Best Volunteer

April Armstrong,

Ironwood Elem

12889 N. Cenozic Dr.

579-5150

 

Emil Tompkins,

Tompkins Family Chiropractic

7600 W. Hartman Ln., Ste.124-2

572-2596

 

Golden Goose Thrift Shop staff

15970 N. Oracle Rd.

825-9101

 

Rebecca Ford, Painted Sky Elem. PTO President

696-3800


 

Best Real Estate Agent

Judy Hale,

Long Realty

10445 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 121

395-5866

judyh.longrealty.com

 

Stephany Bullington & Traci Roberts,

Tierra Antigua Realty

1650 E. River Rd., Ste. 202

544-2335

tierraantigua.com

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