Redding's finest were honored Thursday in an awards ceremony recognizing their outstanding performance.
Redding's city council chambers was packed as family and community members came out in support of those receiving awards.
Officer Joanna Bland was honored as officer of the year for her attention to detail as well as her thorough reports.
She said it's humbling to be recognized by the people she respects so much.
“This is the highest recognition in my job,” Bland said. “This is obviously a tough, demanding job. So to be recognized by my department, my chief, my peers, it means absolutely everything. I absolutely love my job. There's nothing I would rather do than serve the people of this town.”
Bland had family fly in from out of town to see her accept the award and even had family from Poland watching via Facetime.
This was Redding police chief Roger Moore's first year presenting the awards which he said was a huge honor in itself.
“This job is violent and unpredictable and it's nice to be able to reward them, to reward our citizens who do heroic acts and just to recognize good hard work out there,” Moore said. “So I'm tremendously honored. I'm so very proud of this department.”
Costodian Jesse Nelson was honored as supports staff employee of the year, and sergeant Brian Cole was named supervisor of the year.
Other awards categories included police commendation, the merit award, lifesaving award, and the citizen's award.
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