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Lakewood heroes are honored

Lakewood heroes are honored

The City of Lakewood held its annual Award of Valor luncheon on November 7 to thank the men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department and the community volunteers who protect and serve Lakewood.

Deputy Sheriff Charles Nowotny received the Dave Powell Community Policing Award, named in honor of the late Deputy Dave Powell, who was killed in the line of duty in 2002. Deputy Nowotny was recognized for his dedication to traffic enforcement in Lakewood, resulting in safer streets for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians with a focus on schools and keeping Lakewood children safe going to and from school.

Among the incidents shared, the city honored L.A. County firefighters based in Lakewood for combating a dangerous residential fire with two victims trapped inside. Four deputy sheriffs and a lieutenant were also lauded for their swift and decisive teamwork in safely disarming an unstable individual who had doused himself (and the Sheriff’s team) with gasoline while trying to ignite a lighter. 

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Lakewood Sheriff’s Station Sergeant Sean O’Donoghue for his 30-year career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as well as Fire Captains Brian Jones and Ritchie Salisbury of Fire Station 122 and 45, respectively, who both are near their 30-year service mark.

The city also recognized several Lakewood residents for their volunteer service in public safety, either as part of a program like Neighborhood Watch or the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station Volunteers, or for their decision to get involved to help their fellow residents in need.

Lakewood CityTV has produced a video of the luncheon where you can see all the stories of Lakewood’s sworn and civilian heroes. Go to  

You can view the program and read more about the honorees at

View the photo gallery from the event at