April 13, 2016

Surf City Exchange Club Honors Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year

Congratulations to Detective Dan Forbus and Firefighter Matt Haut.  Both were honored at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet hosted by the Surf City Exchange Club on Friday night at the CPDES Hall. 

Police and Fire teams were treated to a great dinner, great company and great entertainment by our host.  Special thanks go to out Steve Arnold and Johnny Fabulous. 
Steve Arnold and Johnny Fabulous Headlining the Show
This marked the 4th year that the Surf City Exchange Club has honored us with the Blue and Gold banquet.

The recipients of this award are selected by their peers at their respective departments.  Firefighter Matt Haut was recognized by his peers for his tireless service to our community.  Not only is he a paramedic on the Engine, Matt is a certified rescue swimmer, Fireboat Pilot, and SWAT Medic.  All of these roles requires years of dedicated training and expertise.  Congratulations Matt!

Firefighter Matt Haut Accepts His Well-Deserved Award
Detective Dan Forbus is a highly skilled investigator and oftentimes at the heart of the major and most serious cases affecting the Santa Cruz community.  Dan is a Santa Cruz local with a family tradition steeped in law enforcement by his father retired Deputy Don Forbus and his older brother Sergeant Dave Forbus. 

Sergeant Dave Forbus proud of his brother Dan

In addition to his experience from numerous assignments at the police department, Dan excels as a teacher and mentor.  Dan gives back to the community by working with high school students as a Criminal Justice ROP instructor.  He also volunteers to teach in the department’s PRIDE Program, Teen Public Safety Academy and Citizen’s Academies.  

In nominating him for the award, Dan’s peers described him as dedicated, hard-working, leads by example, the first to lend a hand, always looking to better himself and those around him.   Pretty impressive praise from an amazing group of peers.  

We had a ton of fun throughout an evening filled with friendship, camaraderie, laughter and hijinks.   
Special thanks to our own Steve Pendleton who worked hard to help coordinate the efforts.  Apparently, he was also in charge of selfie-patrol:
Steve with the Records Team

Steve with Joyce

Steve with the Chief
Thank you Surf City Exchange Club, for your generosity and dedication to public safety.

Since the formation of the first Exchange Club in 1911, in Detroit, the Exchange Clubs have been dedicated to service and strong social values.  Our very own Surf City Exchange Club includes in their mission statement, “To make our community a better place to live”.   Thank You Exchange Club for all you do.