Distinguished Service Medals

2017 Life Saving Award

Lifesaving Award to Officer Malcom Pierson, Officer David Skube, and Officer Abel Jimenez.

Pierson and Skube were dispatched Aug. 5, 2017, to a call for a young child not breathing. The girl had trachea and gastrointestinal tubes attached due to a medical condition. They administered an automated external defibrillator and CPR to try to revive the child.

For six long minutes, Officer Pierson and Officer Skube, in a combined effort, performed CPR on the young girl. Eventually, the officers relinquished their duties to Orange County Fire Authority paramedics. The girl was transported to the hospital with her mother in the ambulance.

Officer Abel Jimenez

On May 1, 2017, Jimenez responded to a call of a person threatening to commit suicide by jumping off the Westminster overpass onto the 405 freeway.

When he arrived, he encountered a male straddling the railing and threatening to jump. Officer Jimenez began speaking with the man, building a rapport with him. He pointed out the positive things this man had in his life, including the man’s young child. Officer Jimenez spent over 45 minutes with the man, as the fire department rushed to the location to deploy an inflatable jump pad below him. Ultimately, Officer Jimenez was able to convince the man to step away from the rail and seek help.

The 2017 Medal of Merit

The Medal of Merit was awarded to Sgt. Kevin MacCormick and Sgt. Bill Drinnin for organizing the Westminster Police Officers Memorial Ride to support the Westminster Police Memorial Foundation for fallen and injured officers and their families. The Police Officers Memorial Bike Ride involves officers and civilian staff from a variety of agencies throughout the county. They support the ride to honor Lt. Ron Weber, Sgt. Marcus Frank and Officer Steven Phillips and others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The Westminster Police Department seeks nominations each year for the medals of distinguished service. The Distinguished Service medals include the Gold Medal of Valor, the Silver Medal of Courage, and the Bronze Medal of Merit. These awards are the highest honors bestowed upon our officers.

Although we seek nominations for these awards each year, they are not awarded unless the actions of the nominees meet the specific criteria. The Medal of Merit is awarded to members of the Westminster Police Department who demonstrate outstanding individual performance on a specific incident that benefits the Westminster Police Department or the Westminster community.