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Officer Richard Estes, from the Patrol Division, was selected as an Observer/Pilot Trainee in
Flight Training of Pilot Trainee
Officer Zachary Watson was selected as an Observer/Pilot Trainee in
2004, to replace Officer Steve Sdringola who has returned to the Patrol
Receives ALEA’s Highest Honor
Police Officer Pilot Don Miskulin and San
Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Werblun were presented with the
Robert L. Cormier Memorial Award at the Airborne Law Enforcement
Association’s annual conference in Tucson, Arizona this past July.
The Cormier Award is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding
achievement in the advancement of aircraft in public use.
Past recipients have included governors, senators, chiefs of police
and sheriffs. Miskulin and
Werblun were recognized for founding and continuing to coordinate the annual
“Cops for Kids Fly-In” which benefits children fighting cancer at Loma
Linda University Children’s Hospital.
The award is a perpetual trophy sponsored by Bell Textron Helicopters
and the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, an international organization.
The award is on display at Riverside City Hall.
5th, 2002 was the date of the Fourth Annual “Cops for Kids
Fly-In” at San Bernardino International Airport.
The event was once again a huge success with officers and deputies
from San Joaquin County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Los
Angeles P.D., Ontario P.D., El Monte P.D., Fontana P.D., California Highway
Patrol Aviation Fullerton and Barstow flying in hundreds of toys. From the airport we caravanned to Loma Linda Children’s
Hospital. We visited and
delivered toys to all of the children in the hospital.
We left the hospital with enough extra toys to stock all of their
playrooms and a supply for children who will be admitted for months to come.
was the first year that we were able to land a helicopter at the hospital.
Children who were ambulatory were able to come outside to watch it
land, sit in it, and ask the pilot questions.
The parents and hospital staff all commented that this event has
become the highlight of the year for the hospital.
The kids appreciated the loot but seemed to enjoy talking to “real
cops” even more. It was
obvious that these courageous kids touched every officer and deputy.
celebrity guest this year was “Cops for Kids Fly-In” inspiration Megan
Colley. Megan surprised us all
with her arrival. She is the
daughter of Retired Monterey Park Police Sergeant Gary Colley who
accompanied her. Four years ago
at 9 years old, Megan was a patient at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital
battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She
had lost all of her hair to chemotherapy and wanted some police aviation
unit hats for her and her friends to cover their bald heads.
Her dad asked and the cops delivered.
A fly-in was organized and the response was overwhelming.
Four fly-ins later, “Cops for Kids” is a non-profit organization
with planned annual events. Megan
is cured, she has long beautiful hair, and dad tells us that she has become
a terrific teenager.
finished the day back at the airport with a luncheon provided by San
Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
thanks to all who attended including RPD’s Motor Officers, the local
press, and Bill Ringer of Bell Helicopters.
to our generous sponsors; Riverside Police Officers Association, Riverside
Sheriff’s Association, and Bell Helicopters.
information about next year's fly-in, contact Don Miskulin at (909)351-6118.
Feel free to start a toy
collection and get involved.
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