Police department honors its best at annual awards
BULLHEAD CITY — When Angie McCullough returned to the Bullhead City Police Department as an emergency services dispatcher two years ago, she considered it coming back home.
On Wednesday, McCullough was recognized as the department’s civilian employee of the year at the BHCPD’s annual awards ceremony.
“It’s an honor,” McCullough said after the ceremony in the Bullhead City Council chamber. “It’s crazy. It was not expected at all.
“It came from my co-workers, so that means a lot to me.”
McCullough is in her second stint as a 911 dispatcher for the department. She started in 2004 and left in 2008
for a similar job with the Henderson, Nevada, Police Department. She spent eight years there before returning to Bullhead City in 2016.
“I’m home,” she said.
Bullhead City Chief of Police Brian Williamson described McCullough as a “team player with a positive attitude and a role model for her fellow employees,” adding, “Angie, the common theme throughout your nomination was excellence.”
McCullough recently became certified as a communications training officer and has been assigned to the tactical response unit as a communications specialist.
“Angie is dependable, reliable and can always be counted on to cover shifts, come in early or stay late, whatever is needed to keep dispatch running smoothly,” Williamson said.
Michele Neufeld, forensic specialist, was recognized as a civilian employee of the year nominee.
Cpl. Bruce Greisen was named the officer of the year. Greisen was unable to attend Wednesday’s ceremony because of illness.
Williamson said it was unfortunate that Greisen couldn’t be on hand because “I had all sorts of witty, off-script things to say about him.”
Williamson, instead, kept his comments about Greisen on the serious side.
“Corporal Greisen is a valued member of the team with a wealth of knowledge and experience,” Williamson said. “He is a well-respected member of the department for his professionalism, wisdom and willingness to help. He treats his peers and the citizens he encounters with respect and commands the same respect in return.”
Greisen serves as a range master and is a sniper on the BHCPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics team.
Winners of the department’s top two awards were selected by a committee after nominations came from officers and civilian employees.
“This is peer-driven,” Williamson said. “This is coming from people who work together. As chief, I would like to say that everybody in this department deserves an award every day.”
Williamson also presented Medals of Honor to five officers: Sgt. Alberto Otero, Cpl. Edward Mooney Jr., Cpl. Sean Watson and Officer Alexander Montez, for their efforts in saving the life of a victim at a fire; and Officer Michael Sodaro, for his response to a traffic accident where he administered life-saving efforts to a heart attack victim.
The department also issued seven unit citations — three involving members of the Animal Care & Welfare Department — and Chief’s Letters of Appreciation to a total of 12 employees.
The department presented safe driver awards to Sgt. Tom Ferris (five years) and Mooney (10 years) for driving records with no preventable accidents.
Williamson, who shook the hand of every award winner — so did Mayor Tom Brady and the entire Bullhead City Council — shook his own hand when he received a service award for 20 years with the department.
Other service awards went to Watson, property and evidence custodian Jeni Ball, and Senior Emergency Services Dispatcher Karen Clark, five years; Officer Janine Thompson and Animal Care & Welfare Officer Sergio Fabrizi, 10 years; Cpl. Joel Baughman and Officer Charles English, 15 years; Det. Brandon Grasse, 20 years; and Community Services Officer Lorrie Duggins and Senior Emergency Services Dispatcher Josie Volk-Emmert, 25 years.