Distinguished Service and Medal of Valor Award Recipients
On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the South Bay Police and Fire Memorial Foundation awarded Sergeant Tony de la Rambelje with the Distinguished Service Award and Officer Jeff Darringer with the Medal of Valor.
Sgt. de la Rambelje was honored for his response to a call for service on November 14, 2017. Sgt. de la Rambelje responded with officers to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon call. When officers arrived, they found a man holding two knives in a threatening manner while bleeding from an apparent self-inflicted cut to his throat. Sgt. de la Rambelje quickly took control of the situation and utilized his skills as a Crisis Negotiations Team leader to begin an empathetic dialogue with the disturbed individual. After approximately 20 minutes of listening and conversing with the man, Sgt. de la Rambelje convinced him to put the knives down and exit the location so he could get the mental health he so desperately needed. For his compassion and dedication to service, Sgt. de la Rambelje was awarded the Distinguished Service Award.
In January of 2017, Officer Darringer was one of several officers involved in a vehicle pursuit of a man who had threatened multiple citizens with a hatchet. At the termination of the pursuit, Officer Darringer found himself in a life-threatening situation that unfortunately resulted in a deadly shooting. Officer Darringer selflessly put himself in harms way to prevent the man from endangering other people. For his bravery, Officer Darringer was awarded the Medal of Valor.