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Proclamation Awards: The stories of 9-1-1 heroes

The Anaheim Police Communications recently honored a young lady with a Proclamation Award for calling 9-1-1 to request emergency medical assistance for her mother. 

Hannah Cady, her mother and dispatcher Hernandez

We proudly recognized Hannah Cady, 10, for the exceptional job she did.  Here is her story:

On August 15, 2010, Hannah was with her family inside their apartment.  Her mother suddenly collapsed and was unresponsive. 

Hannah’s father began attending to his wife and instructed Hannah to call 9-1-1 for paramedics.  Dispatcher Dawn Hernandez answered Hannah’s call on 9-1-1.  Hannah verified the name of her apartment complex and room number, and stated she needed paramedics for her mother who was having a diabetic emergency. 

Dispatcher Hernandez took down the information and transferred Hannah to speak with a Metro Net Dispatcher for paramedics.  During this time, Hannah’s mother stopped breathing and changed color.  Hannah calmly relayed instructions to her father who started CPR.  Anaheim fire arrived and resuscitated Hannah’s mother and then transported her to a local hospital where she was treated for extremely low blood-sugar levels related to her diabetes.  We are glad to report that she has made a full recovery. 

Hannah Cady joins an elite group of other children who have received Proclamation Awards from the Communications Bureau.  We proudly honor her with a small token of appreciation for demonstrating maturity far beyond her years.  Anaheim Police Communications looks forward to recognizing many more ordinary children who do extraordinary things. 

Citizen Commended For Helping Cops Catch Robber Who ‘Would’ve Gotten Away’

A man who spotted an armed robber fleeing after a bank stick up called 911, followed the suspect and provided information that led to his arrest.

For the effort, the police department last week commended the citizen, who is not being named to protect his identity.

“This guy would’ve gotten away with it,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez. “There was no plate on the blue truck, and luckily for us he stayed right behind him until officers were able to catch up.”

The action began to unfold on a Saturday about 2 p.m. outside an Anaheim credit union on Orangewood Avenue. The citizen waited in the parking lot for his wife when he spotted the robber race out of the bank, a gun in his hand.

The citizen gave chase as officers responded to the alarm.

Officers caught up to the robber near the Ball Road off-ramp of the 57 freeway. But the chase didn’t end there.

The robber led officers on a pursuit through the city of Orange. It finally ended when officers used a pit maneuver to pin the robber’s truck against the house.

Inside the car: “The gun was there, the wig. Scary,” said Martinez. “The citizen’s willingness to get involved truly made a difference.”

What Would You Do if You Found $5000 in Cash?

A Good Samaritan who found $5,000 cash at a Food 4 Less grocery store
on Beach Boulevard tracked down the owner and returned the
money without fanfare, police said.

The man apparently found a deposit slip with the cash, which was left
behind in a shopping cart the evening of June 17.

He drove to the home of address listed on the deposit slip and later
returned the cash to the rightful owner, a used car salesman from
Buena Park. The man didn’t ask for a reward. Or publicity. He didn’t
even leave behind his name.

“We at the police department want to say ‘thank you’ to the man
who returned the cash – and to let the public know that there are
citizens and neighbors among us who quietly do the right thing,” said
Sgt. Rick Martinez.

To read an Orange County Register story about it, click here.

Sany Commended, Survivors Gather and Villani Shines at the Olympics

Officer Sany

The recent commendation of officer Randy Sany led the Anaheim Bulletin’s most recent installment of the APD column, “Behind the Badge.”

Also featured was opening day of the Anaheim Family Justice Center’s 2nd Survivor’s Academy and “Voice of APD” Mike Villani’s broadcasting role in the Winter Olympics.

To read the article, click here.

Officer Randy Sany Commended For Role in Solving Double Homicide

The car looked suspiciously similar to the one described in briefing – a Lexus GS 300 stolen during a double murder in Stanton.

Officer Sany

Officer Randy Sany found the car in October while patrolling near a motel in the 3000 block of West Lincoln Ave.

“According to the Orange County Sheriff’s detective assigned to the case, they had no leads in this case until you found the vehicle,” wrote Police Chief John Welter in a recent commendation.

Sany located the Lexus on Oct. 24.

A few days later – after around-the-clock surveillance – the suspected killer was in custody – and sheriff’s detectives noted the key role Sany’s discovery made in helping them make the arrest.

“You are to be commended for a job well done and for your significant contributions to the conclusion of this case,” Welter wrote.

About two months later, Officer Sany was involved in solving another headline-making whodunnit.

While surveilling businesses in the 700 block of North Valley Street, he rolled up on two burglars accused of hitting more than 18 dental labs in Orange County.

It was no accident.

Working with the crime analysis team, Sany was aware of the crime patterns and put himself in a position to catch the burglars in the act, officials said.