Medal of Valor

Medal of Valor Recipients from the Redondo Beach Police Department

The South Bay Medal of Valor is awarded to individual police officers and firefighters who have distinguished themselves through bravery, heroism or other meritorious actions beyond the normal demands of service. The giving of the award is based on the imminent threat of great bodily harm or loss of life to the officer, a colleague, or a citizen.

The following Redondo Beach Police Officers have been honored for their heroism:

William Field (1976)
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Doug Shore (1978)
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john wisserJohn Wisser (1978)
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Dennis Roth (1979)
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david atwaterDavid Atwater (1979)
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thomas hydeThomas Hyde (1979)
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don martinezOfficer Don Martinez (1981)
In January of 1981, Officer Don Martinez, along with his partner Sergeant John Gordon, responded to the report of a theft that occurred at a gift shop on the Redondo Beach Pier. Officer Martinez encountered a group matching the description standing near a car. As Officer Martinez peered into the backseat of the vehicle where one of the subjects was sitting, the subject raised a .45 caliber handgun from under his jacket and fired at him through the car window. Officer Martinez, with limited vision as a result glass fragments striking him in the eyes and face, was able to return fire while seeking a position of cover. After several rounds were exchanged with the suspect, the suspect and his associates fled. Off. Martinez, undaunted by his injuries, obtained the shotgun from his police vehicle and pursued them on foot. The suspect was subsequently killed in an exchange of gunfire with Off. Martinez’s partner, Sgt. Gordon.

 

john gordonSergeant John Gordon (1981)
In January of 1981, Sergeant John Gordon, along with his partner Officer Don Martinez, responded to the report of a theft that occurred at a gift shop on the Redondo Beach Pier. As Sergeant Gordon was searching the parking structure he heard shots and was contacted by a citizen who told him his partner had just been shot. As Sergeant Gordon ran to the area he observed two subjects running from the scene. Sergeant Gordon gave chase and just as he had caught up to them one of them suddenly turned and shot at Sergeant Gordon. After a fierce gun battle between the two, the suspect was killed and Sergeant Gordon was shot in the side. Officer Martinez arrived moments later and both, though injured, remained in position and monitored the area for the second suspect until the area could be completely contained by other officers. That suspect was subsequently taken into custody mere feet from Sergeant Gordon and Officer Martinez’s position.

 

 

bruce rosinBruce Rosin (1987)
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John Skipper (1987)
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Agent Mark Rodina (1989)
In January of 1989, Agent Mark Rodina, along with Officer Taneman and others, responded to the report of shots fired at a residence in South Redondo. Upon arrival officers discovered a body just inside the doorway of the residence. Agent Rodina and Officer Taneman began searching the residence for suspects and heard a vehicle running inside of a garage that was attached to the residence. As they descended the stairway leading to the garage, Officer Leonard Knott maintained a cover position near the body of the victim. As Agent Rodina and Officer Taneman opened the door of the garage a lone gunman from within the garage began firing into the opening of the doorway, striking Officer Knott in the mouth. Fearing for their safety, Agent Rodina and Officer Taneman immediately engaged the suspect with gunfire. The suspect was killed in the exchange without causing further injury to officers. Agent Rodina and Officer Taneman assisted in the rescue of Officer Knott who ultimately recovered from his wound.

Officer Dave Taneman (1989)
In January of 1989, Officer David Taneman, along with Agent Rodina and others, responded to the report of shots fired at a residence in South Redondo. Upon arrival officers discovered a body just inside the doorway of the residence. Officer Taneman and Agent Rodina began searching the residence for the suspects and heard a vehicle running inside of a garage that was attached to the residence. As they descended the stairway leading to the garage, Officer Leonard Knott maintained a cover position near the body of the victim. As Officer Taneman and Agent Rodina opened the door of the garage a lone gunman from within the garage began firing into the opening of the doorway, striking Officer Knott in the mouth. Fearing for their safety, Officer Taneman and Agent Rodina immediately engaged the suspect with gunfire. The suspect was killed in the exchange without causing further injury to officers. Officer Taneman and Agent Rodina assisted in the rescue of Officer Knott who ultimately recovered from his injuries.

michael cliftonOfficer Michael Clifton (1989)
On August 31, 1989, at approximately 3:40 a.m., Redondo Beach Officers were dispatched to a reported vehicle burglary in progress. Upon arrival Officer Michael Clifton and Sergeant Mark Klempa observed a male subject fleeing the containment area and gave chase. After running approximately three hundred yards the suspect stopped, turned and fired on the pursuing officers. Officer Clifton was immediately shot in the upper head. Although wounded and bleeding profusely, he was able to return fire along with Sergeant Klempa. As the officers returned fire the suspect immediately surrendered. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Officer Clifton was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his scalp and released.

 

 

 

mark klempaSergeant Mark Klempa (1989)
On August 31, 1989, at approximately 3:40 a.m., Redondo Beach Officers were dispatched to a reported vehicle burglary in progress. Upon arrival Sergeant Mark Klempa and Officer Mike Clifton observed a male subject fleeing the containment area and gave chase. After running approximately three hundred yards the suspect stopped, turned and fired on the pursuing officers. Officer Clifton was immediately shot in the upper head. Sergeant Klempa and Officer Clifton, though wounded and bleeding profusely, returned fire. As the officers returned fire the suspect immediately surrendered. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Officer Clifton was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his scalp and released.

 

 

 

fernando mataFernando Mata (1991)
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thomas mTom MacIsaac (1991)
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paul hellingaPaul Hellinga (1991)
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Rick Mansfield (1991)
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James Banach (1993)
On February 16, 1992, at approximately 1:45 a.m., Officer James Banach and his partner were dispatched to the report of a “man in the water” off of the Monstead Pier. Upon arrival of the two officers, Officer Banach, without consideration for his own safety and risking his own life, jumped off the Pier and into the water to render assistance to the victim who was already in a weakened condition. Officer Banach stayed with the victim, assisting him in remaining above the surface and offering encouragement to him. When the fire department arrived and lowered a lifeline to the victim, Officer Banach assisted the victim with tying the lifeline around the victim’s body. Firefighters pulled the victim from the ocean then re-deployed the lifeline to Officer Banach. Officer Banach was pulled to safety after the victim was evaluated by fire department personnel.

jim bellJim Bell (1994)
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clifford deanOfficer Clifford Dean (1996)
On the evening of April 23, 1996, Officer Clint Dean responded to the report of shots being fired. Officer Dean arrived and learned that the subject was armed with a high-power rifle and had already fired indiscriminate rounds at passing vehicles and pedestrians. From a position of cover Officer Dean made numerous attempts to convince the subject to surrender. The subject refused to surrender and there became a mounting concern that the subject would once again begin his indiscriminate fire. At great risk to his own safety, and in the face of imminent danger, Officer Dean exposed himself and rushed the subject before he could begin firing again. The subject was taken into custody without injury to anyone.

 

 

 

paul burchAgent Paul Burch (1998)
On January 1, 1997, at approximately 5:12 a.m., Redondo Beach Officers were dispatched to a report of a female adult in a vehicle exhibiting delusional and paranoia characteristics. As officers approached the woman she drove away erratically and at a high rate of speed. She stopped a short time later but as the officer approached she would again drive off. This occurred several times before Agent Burch, at great risk to his own safety, seized an opportunity to disable the vehicle. When the subject brought her vehicle to a brief stop Agent Burch jumped through an open rear window of the vehicle. As the subject again began to drive away Agent Burch reached over her shoulders from the rear seat and grabbed the steering wheel and activated the vehicle’s emergency brake which caused the car to come to a screeching halt. Agent Burch was able to hold and control the subject until assisting officers could pull her from the car and take her into custody. The female driver was later admitted to a local psychiatric hospital.

Scot McCallon (2003)
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Jim Banach (2005)
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Jeff Mendence (2005)
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Scot McCallon (2006)
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