March 25, 2017

Surf City Exchange Club Honors 2017 Police Officer & Firefighter Of The Year

Congratulations to SCPD Sergeant Jon Bush and Fire Captain Pat Gallagher
On Friday night, the Surf City Exchange Club hosted the fabulous Blue & Gold Dinner for police officers and firefighters to honor the Police Officer of the Year and the Firefighter of the Year. This year’s recipients are Sergeant Jon Bush and Captain Pat Gallagher.

Now in their 5th year, the Surf City Exchange Club honors SCPD and SCFD with the Blue and Gold awards and banquet. Peers from the respective departments select the recipients of this award. 

Pat Gallagher's peer recognized him for his passion for the “Pass It Along” mentoring philosophy and for training the next generation of firefighters. Pat is a 28-year SCFD veteran. Congratulations Pat!
Sergeant Jon Bush earned this distinguished recognition from his peers at the Santa Cruz Police Department. Sergeant Bush is no stranger to law enforcement. Raised in Scotts Valley where his father, Police Chief Tom Bush, was honored by the Scotts Valley Exchange Club’s Blue and Gold Award. Jon's uncle served with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department. Jon’s path was never in question.
In Jon's 19 year career with SCPD, he served as a Detective, Field Training Officer, Anti-Crime Sergeant, Downtown Sergeant, and Hostage Negotiations Team Leader. Jon earned the rank of sergeant ten years ago. Jon also earned honors such as the Life Saving Award and Chief’s Commendation.
The award recognizes exceptional and outstanding performance above and beyond the normal scope of the profession. SCPD Officers describe Sergeant Bush as “a natural leader and absolute professional in every situation. He's an all-around great guy and deserves the award”. 

Congratulations to this year’s recipients Sergeant Jon Bush and Captain Pat Gallagher

Thank you to the Surf City Exchange Club for hosting and presenting the Blue and Gold Award Banquet. Police and Fire teams enjoyed a great dinner and entertainment by our host. 

SCPD appreciates the support from this excellent organization. The Surf City Exchange Club of Santa Cruz motto is “Working Together to Make Our Community a Better Place to Live.”