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Yavapai County Awards Citizen on Patrol Volunteer

Unsung Hero J.J. Silvas receives Yavapai County award

Sedona AZ (December 6, 2011) – Yavapai County Supervisor A.G. “Chip” Davis presented J.J. Silvas of Cottonwood, Arizona with the November Unsung Hero Award on Yavapai Broadcasting “Mark in the Morning Show.” Candidates for the monthly Unsung Hero award are nominated by different departments within the Yavapai County Government.

The Yavapai County nomination process was adopted to provide for a broad representation of the community. The award is called “Unsung” Hero because it recognizes citizens who do not seek the limelight or the spotlight but, as Supervisor Davis stated, are “great people who do good things.”

Mr. Silvas has been a Cottonwood Police Department volunteer for several years. He attended the Cottonwood Citizen Police Academy in 2004 and subsequently became an alumni member. This involvement led to an interest in the initial Citizen on Patrol (COP) training in 2008 where he now volunteers. COP training helps the Police Department deter crime by providing high visibility patrols, reporting suspicious activity, traffic control, conducting prisoner transports, parking enforcement, and assisting officers’ in the conduct of daily business.

Silvas volunteers several working hours each week, readily availing himself for special details and events. He assists the Police Department in its officer selection and promotion process and has conducted background investigations for its employees and other COP volunteers. When Cottonwood obtained a Mobile Command Unit, Silvas asked for the responsibility to oversee its maintenance and readiness ensuring that the MCU is clean and ready for use. He is often available to drive the Unit to emergency situations.

Police Chief Fanning of Cottonwood, Arizona expressed thanks “for the countless hours of time J.J. has graciously donated to the Police Department to assist in furthering their mission. We want to thank J.J. Silvas for his service to the Department and the community.”

The Mark in the Morning radio show was simultaneously videotaped by the Yavapai Broadcasting Company. The video is available for viewing at www.verdevalleytv.com.

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