Officers, citizens honored at special SAPD ceremony

Almost 30 awards given for life­-saving, outs­tanding community cont­ributions

The Lila Cockrell Theatre was filled with applause and a lot of pride on Tuesday, as the San Antonio Police Department held a special awards ceremony, honoring both officers and citizens who have gone the extra mile.

Among those being honored was Fred Rosin, the Good Samaritan who stopped a man from stabbing his wife in front of Bonham Academy last August, saving her life in the process.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus gave him with the Citizen Hero Award, an honor he said he's humbled by.

“I feel like I'm not a hero, I was just doing what I would expect anybody else to do if they were in a situation like that,” Rosin said. “We help each other.”

Meantime, SAPD’s Officer Richard Smith was named Officer of the Year.

Smith heads up the department’s tactical medic unit, in which officers serve as both certified medical techs, and law enforcement officers.  Many of the same officers he has trained, were also being recognized today.

“We’ve got a lot of dedicated guys out there that are willing to cross train in emergency medicine and make a difference,” Smith said.  “And that's why I'm here, because I have the extreme honor to help coordinate these guys efforts."

Perhaps one of the biggest applauses of the event, went to Officer Jonathan Esquivel.

In February 2012, Esquivel was helping his fellow officers clear an accident off Loop 410, when a distracted driver struck him. 

Now, over a year later, he's still in the process of recovering from his injuries, and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his service, in the line of duty.

Almost 30 awards were handed out at Tuesday’s ceremony.

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