Walnut Creek police Sgt. Lanny Edwards filled me in with some more details about three locals who pitched in, above and beyond, to help out the community. The police department will honor these three at a ceremony this Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Lesher Center.
The three hometown heroes are:
—Langley Choy, who will receive the Walnut Creek Police Department Citizen Commendation Award for assisting in what led to the arrest of a residential burglary suspect.
On September 20, 2008, Langley observed a subject acting suspiciously near a neighbor’s residence. After watching person ride away on a bicycle, Langley contacted his neighbor and confirmed that the person had just stolen the bicycle. Langley followed the subject and directed responding police officers to the subject’s location. Police contacted the subject, who was on parole, and he was arrested for stealing the bicycle. The subject was also found to be in possession of stolen property from a vehicle in Pleasant Hill. Further investigation revealed he had also committed a residential burglary in Concord just a day prior.
—Miguel Lopez, who also will receive the department’s Citizen Commendation Award for assisting in what led to the arrest of a felony hit and run suspect.
On January 29, Lopez was driving on Walnut Avenue when he saw a vehicle strike a bicyclist. The driver failed to stop and Lopez followed the vehicle down several residential streets in an effort to get the vehicle license plate. Lopez followed the motorist to Treat Boulevard at Bancroft Road, where he was able to summon a Concord Police officer. The Concord Police Officer stopped the vehicle and detained the driver until Walnut Creek officers arrived. The driver was subsequently arrested for felony hit and run.
—Retired Reserve Captain Don Randall
, who will receive the department’s Meritorious Service Award.
Don Randall joined the Walnut Creek Police Department Reserve Unit in 1976. He was appointed to Level I Reserve Officer in 1980 and promoted to Reserve Sergeant that same year. Don’s strong leadership and commitment to the Organization led to his promotion to Reserve Lieutenant in 1991, and later to the rank of Reserve Captain. During his 30 plus years of service with the Walnut Creek Police Department, Don has volunteered more than 15,000 hours of service to the community. In addition to his numerous commendations for his actions and leadership, Don was the recipient of the Department’s Outstanding Service Award in 1984. Don also earned the Reserve Officer of the Year Award in 1986 and was a proud member of the “500 Hour Club” every year from 1992 through 2000. Don has always stressed the importance of training, safety, accountability, service and family as principles to a successful program. His leadership and dedication to the Police Reserve Division helped transform the program into the professional division of the Walnut Creek Police Department that it is today.
Thanks again Sgt. Edwards for filling us in on the good works of these locals.