UCFPD Recognizes Outstanding Officers, Community Partners

Posted November 14, 2017

The UCF Police Department on Monday celebrated officers and community partners who went above and beyond the call of duty.

At a semi-annual awards ceremony, Chief Richard Beary and Deputy Chiefs Carl Metzger and Brett Meade presented awards to honorees who contributed to making UCF a safer place.

Officer First Class Frank Imparato was awarded the Lifesaving Award for his quick actions in helping an unresponsive motorcyclist. Ofc. Imparato performed life-saving actions until paramedics arrived. The members of Delta Squad received a Unit Citation for their efforts to save and support a suicidal student.

Other officers who received commendations included:

  • Scott Freeman
  • Erik Lashinsky
  • Pablo Vargas
  • Melissa Guadagnino
  • Jeffrey Panter
  • Matthew Scott
  • Christopher Holt
  • Danielle Hughes
  • Julie Wilk
  • Community Service Officer Daniel Hooker

In addition, several community members were also recognized for the support of the UCF Police Department and its efforts to protect the campus. Awardees included:

  • Rich Steiner for his assistance with police radios during UCF game days
  • Veronica and Tony Figueroa for sponsoring our new soft interview room
  • Maribel Lopez for designing our new soft interview room
  • Jayling Liriano for assisting a suicidal student
  • Glenda Brown for assisting a suicidal student
  • Liz Stevenson for assisting a suicidal student
  • Rita-Mary Demerjian for assisting a suicidal student

The following officers were recognized for receiving a promotion to the rank of Officer First Class: Ofc. Chase Crane; Ofc. Melissa Guadagnino; Ofc. Christopher Holt; Ofc. Danielle Hughes; Ofc. Frank Imparato; Ofc. Gregory Larkin; Ofc. Ben Lewis; Ofc. Jeffrey Panter; Ofc. Rhett Proctor; Ofc. Jean Quiles; Ofc. Luis Rivera; Ofc. Matthew Scott; Ofc. Ryan Stoner; Ofc. James Strawn; Ofc. Maurice Thompson; Ofc. Eric Walton; Ofc. Mica-Marya Wenner; and Ofc. Joel Witherspoon.