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Jeff Anderson, Firefighter/ Paramedic
Chino Valley Fire District Firefighter of the Year
Jeff Anderson is a Fire Engineer and a ten-year veteran of the Chino Valley Fire District. He began his career with the District as a Firefighter Paramedic and was promoted to Engineer in 2018. Jeff and his wife, Kristen, reside in Fontana with their two daughters, Liah and Gwen, and their son Caleb.
Jeff grew up in Big Bear and graduated from Big Bear High School. He attended Victorville College for his Fire Academy and Crafton Hills College for his Paramedic certification. Jeff also attended Colombia Southern University and received his degree in Fire Science.
Jeff was nominated as Firefighter of the Year by his peers for his commitment to the District and the resident’s we serve. He is an Urban Search and Rescue/Swift Water Rescue team member, serves on the Apparatus, and Airport committees. He also serves as the treasurer for Chino Valley Professional Firefighters labor group. Jeff has also participated in several new hire recruitments as a proctor and panelist.
In his personal life, Jeff enjoys camping and snowboarding with family and loves the outdoors. He is a pilot and enjoys flying planes in his free time.
Angelica De La Torre, Human Resources Specialist
Chino Valley Fire District Employee of the Year
Angelica De La Torre began her employment with the Chino Valley Fire District as a temporary employee in March 2009. In October 2009, she was hired permanently as a full-time Receptionist, where she also assisted in the Clerk of the Board office. On December 13, 2014, she was promoted to her current position as a Human Resources Specialist specializing in Benefits and Risk Management.
Angelica was born and raised in Corona and graduated from Corona Senior High. Angelica now resides in Ontario with her husband Pete and their dog, Roxy. Angelica and Pete are expecting their first baby in August!
As a Human Resources Specialist, Angelica is in charge of Benefits and Risk Management. She assists both current employees and retirees in all things related to benefits, including Health, Dental, Retirement, Life, and Vision. Angelica also coordinates the District’s Workers Compensation program. In addition, she serves as the liaison between District Employees, claims administrators, and healthcare professionals to acquire the help and care that our personnel deserve. The data Angelica gathers helps the District ensure accidents are kept at a minimum, thus creating a safe workplace for fellow employees.
Angelica genuinely cares about the Districts employees and is always eager to help them. Even off regular work hours, Angelica continuously checks on employees to see how they are doing. Her caring nature helped form a great relationship with everyone in the District.
In her free time, Angelica loves to spend time with her family. Congratulations, Angelica, for being selected as the employee of the year.
Stephanie Winters, Crime Analyst
Professional Staff Employee of the Year
Stephanie started her career with the Department in 2018 as a Crime Analyst Intern and was hired shortly after as a Part Time Crime Analyst assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau. In 2021 Stephanie was promoted to Full Time Crime Analyst in the Real Time Crime Center.
Stephanie is an incredible asset to the Department. Stephanie is often sought out to help patrol solve crimes when they have limited suspect information. Stephanie looks at every investigation as a challenge and never leaves a stone unturned. In addition to assisting patrol with investigations, Stephanie has interrupted numerous in progress crimes. Here are just a few examples or her work in the RTCC:
In May of 2021, CA Winters was monitoring the Park and Ride parking lot CCTV camera as this location is frequently targeted by thieves and observed a theft in progress of vehicle parts. She immediately shared this information with dispatch as the crime was occurring and continued to give real time updates as patrol officers arrived and arrested the suspects, recovering narcotics and stolen property.
In Sept of 2021, CA Winters was reviewing outside agency crime bulletins and identified a suspect and his vehicle who may be involved in the sales of narcotics, while armed. This information was shared with our SET Team, and she utilized ALPR technology to set up notification alerts when the suspect’s vehicle was in our city. Upon receiving notification of the vehicle entering our City, the information was forwarded to patrol officers who located it and arrested the suspect for possession of narcotics for sales, which included the recovery of fentanyl, illegally possessed prescription narcotics and marijuana.
In July of 2021, CA Winters was assisting officers and detectives with follow-up on a robbery at a local convenience store. A suspect had entered the business and presented a demand note and fled after receiving money from the register. Utilizing City CCTV cameras and Automated License Plate Reader cameras, CA Winters identified a possible vehicle involved in the crime. The suspect was linked to the vehicle which resulted in him being arrested at his residence in Chino and the recovery of evidence related to the original robbery.
Stephanie’s awareness of crime hot spots in the city and her monitoring of them through technological means is key to stopping crime as it occurs. This also allows for the speedy return of stolen items to our citizens along with identifying and capturing suspects before they can move on and victimize others in our community.
For her work ethic, tenacious investigative ability and dedication, Stephanie is being recognized as the 2021 Professional Staff Member of the Year. Please help me in congratulating our 2021 Professional Staff Member of the Year, Stephanie Winters.
Corporal Matthew Johnson
Chino Hills Police Department Officer of the Year
Matt started his career with the Department in 2013 and is currently assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Matt’s primary caseload involves sexual assaults, crimes against children, ICAC, and monitoring sex registrants. During the last year, Corporal Johnson mentored a new partner in the sex crime case load which requires the imparting of a large amount of knowledge.
Detective Johnson has honed his talent for investigating these types of assaults where victims are overwhelmed with various emotions from guilt, shame, and embarrassment to hatred and disgust. Corporal Johnson’s ability to bring calm to these situations and place victims at ease lends to better and more accurate reporting.
Equally critical to his success is his approach with offenders who’ve committed unthinkable acts and who he provides an outlet to admit their wrongdoings. These confessions frequently provide additional evidence supporting the charges against them and strengthen his case. During the last year, Detective Johnson secured numerous confessions from offenders. Two of whom face multiple life sentences for crimes committed against children.
Last year, Corporal Johnson authored numerous search warrants for everything from phone pings to track suspects, hospital records for an infant death investigation, and extensive warrants to search computer hard drives and cellular phones for evidence.
Corporal Johnson also revamped our sex registrant compliance program by contacting the District Attorney and verifying the elements necessary to file charges on out-of-compliance sex registrants. He then produced a checkbox form to simplify the compliance checks and arranged a city-wide operation resulting in the arrest of three subjects.
Corporal Johnson realized the bureau had several new members, and a significant knowledge gap existed with our ability to perform undercover surveillance. He took the initiative and authored a detailed PowerPoint training, seeking input from experienced members to include the diverse terminology for concise radio communication. He then provided a one-day training that brought the team together and greatly enhanced our effectiveness on surveillance operations. Corporal Johnson is a member of the department’s SWAT team, where he was entrusted with and undertook the responsibility of implementing a new explosive breaching program. This required him to attend an OSHA Tactical Explosive Breaching Certification course. Corporal Johnson authored policy and training for the program. He also prepared several demonstrations to share the potential uses and benefits explosive breaching provides. The SWAT Commander said Corporal Johnson was selected for this assignment based on his attention to detail and thoroughness, and he did an exceptional job.
For his consistently superior performance Corporal Matt Johnson is being recognized as Officer of the Year. Please help me in congratulating our 2021 Officer of the Year, Corporal Matt Johnson.
Daniel Renear, Deputy Sheriff
Chino Hills Police Department
Daniel began his law enforcement career in 2002 when he was hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In October 2004, Daniel joined the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He spent two years in corrections at the West Valley Detention Center before transferring to Rancho Cucamonga Station in 2006, where he spent the next 11 years. In 2017, Daniel was transferred to the Chino Hills Station where he was assigned as a field training officer. While assigned to the Chino Hills Station, Daniel assumed the responsibility of being an explorer advisor, and mentor to the youth who live at Boys Republic.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Daniel spent four years in the United States Navy and five years in the Army National Guard.
Daniel is married to his beautiful wife Erin, and they have three children (Morgan, Daphne, and Daniel).
During his off time, Daniel is the ultimate dance dad who can be seen beaming with pride as his daughters take the competition stage. Daniel also spends countless hours at the soccer field watching his son do what he loves. Daniel’s unwavering commitment to his family, the Sheriff’s Department, and the community he serves is a true testament of his character.
Jennifer Davis, Sheriff’s Service Specialist
Chino Hills Police Department
Jennifer joined the Sheriff’s department in 2015 as a Sheriff’s Service Specialist in the City of Chino Hills. Her duties include, crime scene investigation, traffic accident investigation, crime prevention, and community service. Jennifer is regularly utilized as a training officer to new Service Specialists assigned to the Station. She is extremely passionate about her job and maintains a vested interest in Criminology and Forensics. She was recently accepted for the Forensics Program at California State University, Fullerton.
Jennifer was born in Ridgecrest, California and has maintained a lifetime interest in physical fitness.
Jennifer is committed to her job and the community she serves. She approaches each day with a smile and positive attitude. She has volunteered for innumerable City events and has been crucial to the station’s commitment to crime prevention and community service.