In support of the members of the Chino Valley community who dedicate themselves to the wellbeing of others, below are our honorees for this year's Salute to Public Safety.
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Corporal Chad Randall
Chino Police Department Officer of the Year
Corporal Randall has been with the department for over 20 years. He has held a variety of special assignments to include Patrol Officer, K-9 Handler, Detective Bureau Investigator, FTO, Department Instructor, and Detective. Despite his impressive experience, Corporal Randall is very humble and personable, which makes him a great representative of our department and law enforcement in general.
Chad has a reputation for his tenacity, being thorough, and caring about obtaining justice for victims. His working relationships with his peers, members of other department work groups and the public he serves is exemplary. Chad has conducted several noteworthy investigations this year and assisted with many others. Some cases of notable interest include a homicide of a transient on Mountain Avenue, a stalking case, the recovery of $10,000 of stolen property from Best Buy and a felonious assault from a local bar.
Chad is consistently viewed as a leader by both his peers and his supervisors. He can direct all the moving parts of a complex case with relative ease. He is a member of the Chino Police Officers Association board and holds the position of Secretary. Chad is a Department instructor, and he participates in planning, coordinating and facilitating training for the department. Chad is also a member of the Peer Support Team, Employee Enrichment Committee, and is a grenadier on the Mobile Field Force Team.
For his consistently superior performance Corporal Chad Randall is being recognized as the 2020 Officer of the Year.
Margarita De Avila, Clerk Typist II
Chino Police Department Professional Staff Employee of the Year
Clerk Typist Margarita De Avila has been with our department for over 4 years. She exemplifies the core values of the Chino Police Department. Margarita is always a professional, respectful to everyone, dedicated to her work and the Department, customer service oriented, and is a team player. Margarita is an extremely hard worker that strives to meet her deadlines as well as last minute requests from various employees within the Department. Margarita took on additional responsibilities and duties on top of her already full workload within the Professional Standards Bureau when she temporarily assumed payroll responsibilities. Here she was instrumental in successfully completing every pay cycle for the department. Margarita has also played a key role in assisting the Backgrounds Unit hire a record number of new employees over the past year. During the COVID pandemic, Margarita created a COVID spreadsheet to log and track all personnel who came in contact with COVID positive people, employees who have had COVID, employees who had tested and those who had been vaccinated. This log has been instrumental in tracking COVID time especially for HR. Lastly, Margarita has become proficient with IA Pro. She runs monthly reports for Use of Force and Vehicle Pursuits that have been useful in completing the Use of Force and Vehicle pursuit reviews in a timelier manner.
For her work ethic and dedication, Margarita is being recognized as Professional Staff Member of the Year.
Deputy Stephanie Garcia
Chino Hills Police Department Deputy of the Year
Deputy Stephanie Garcia has been assigned to the Chino Hills Station since March of 2018. During her time on patrol Garcia developed her stills as an investigator and tenaciously pursued criminals. Garcia found ways to get past investigative obstacles and was always willing to put in extra work to complete an investigation. If a stolen car was located inside a locked fence Garcia would write a search warrant and coordinate with SANCATT to make an arrest.
Garcia saw a need at Chino Hills Station for an APS/CFS deputy and took it upon herself to write a proposal to create the position. Garcia put a lot of work into the proposal, including providing statistics and surveying patrol deputies. Ultimately because of the handwork of Garcia the APS/CFS position was created and because of her professionalism, work ethic and investigative skills, Garcia was selected to fill the position.
Garcia has set the standard for the APS/CFS position. She is a tenacious investigator who is willing to work extra hours, adjust her schedule and tackle complex investigations. Garcia has shown an ability to show compassion for victims. Garcia has also demonstrated organizational skills and an attention to detail. Garcia has developed network, she regularly coordinates with CFS and APS employees in and out of San Bernardino County, CAC, the Child Assessment Center, Deputy District Attorneys, CFS/APS deputies in the Sheriff’s Department and outside agencies. Stephanie created and maintains a directory of CFS and APS contacts to utilize and has provided vital contacts as needs arise. Garcia has both set the standard and established the groundwork for the APS/CFS position to continue after she leaves.
Chino Hills Police Department Employee of the Year
I began my career with the Sheriff’s Department in 2004, fresh out of college. I became a call-taker within the Sheriff’s Communications Division answering 911s and non-emergency calls for service. I also provided assistance and information regarding laws and resources to the general public. Shortly thereafter, I was promoted to a radio dispatcher. I served as a lead correspondent for San Bernardino County responsible for dispatching Sheriff’s units to calls and trained new hires and lateral transfers from other agencies. I dedicated 11 years of service to the community as a First Responder.
In 2016, I began a new chapter in my career with the Sheriff’s Department. I transferred to the Sheriff’s Civil Enforcement Unit and became a lead liaison between judicial officials and the Civil Unit for the purpose of aiding in the execution of court granted judgments and civil orders. As my knowledge of civil law strengthened, I was given the opportunity to train personnel on state civil codes and procedures. During that period, I was also fortunate to complete certifications the California State Sheriffs’ Association’s Basic Civil School and the Academy Instructor Certification Course (AICC) through Peace Officer Standards and Training. I love learning!
I joined the Chino Hills family in 2018. Since my start, I have had the opportunity to serve as a liaison between law enforcement and the community. I have shared the joy of connecting with our community though my participation in National Night Out as well as the annual Chino Hills Station Christmas Toy Drive. I was selected by our station commanders to participate in our Active Shooter Training as their “dispatcher” and had the opportunity to share my knowledge and education while coordinating an evacuation plan at the Incident Command Post during the Blue Ridge Fire. I also helped facilitate training through the transition to our new report writing system and taught a dispatch/radio use session for our Citizen’s on Patrol academy course. My day to day duties include reviewing deputy reports – many higher profile cases for the detective bureau, maintaining correspondence with the District Attorney’s Office and capturing crime statistics in our city. I have trained several new employees and take great pride helping our field deputies with any paperwork or reports. My past job experience in dispatch and education have surely helped me offer the best service to our station and community.
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice – California State University, Fullerton
Master of Science, Emergency Services Administration – California State University, Long Beach
Chino Valley Fire District Employee of the Year
Fire Inspector Tori Jung started with Chino Valley Fire District in December of 2018. Tori is a native Californian, born in Pasadena and raised in Hacienda Heights. She currently lives in La Verne with her dog Deuce.
Tori graduated from Glen A. Wilson High School. She attended Mount San Antonio College, where she earned an Associates's Degree in Fire Technology and graduated from the 45th Basic Fire Academy. Tori also attended Cal State Los Angeles, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Administration.
As a Fire Inspector with Chino Valley Fire, Tori is responsible for conducting all levels of Fire & Life Safety Inspections; New Construction inspections, Enforcement inspections related to Weed Abatement and Fire Works. She serves as one of the Fire District’s Community Liaison Officers and as a Fire Investigator Trainee.
Since starting with the District, Tori has been very involved and dedicated to Community Outreach. She is always willing to assist with community events that the District participates in. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. She has assisted with various CVFF events, such as Make a Child Smile and the Serving Our Seniors (SOS) Program.
In her personal life, Tori enjoys going to concerts, golfing, hiking, Dodger Games, and spending time with her dog, Deuce.
Be sure to check out Tori's video below!
All Fire Suppression Personnel
Chino Valley Fire District Firefighter of the Year
All fire suppression personnel were recognized as the 2020 Firefighter of the Year. Despite the numerous challenges faced by fire personnel during a global pandemic, they continued to do their jobs with faithfulness, integrity, respect, and excellence. CVFD congratulates all of our fire suppression personnel on this well-deserved honor.
Be sure to check out their video below!