WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
NORTHERN CHAPTER

THE WSATI NORTHERN CHAPTER
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD



NORTHERN CHAPTER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS
YEAR RECIPIENT AGENCY AT TIME OF AWARD
2010 Detective Gary Labb Santa Ana Police Department / OCATT (Retired)
2009 Detective Matt Lewis Riverside Police Department / RAID

THE NORTHERN CHAPTER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

In 2009 the Northern Chapter of  WSATI presented the first annual Distinguished Service Award  for outstanding achievements in the war on Auto Theft by an individual or a team, either Law Enforcement or Insurance.   The award is in honor of those individuals who have made an indelible mark on our lives and how we go about our day to day business of fighting fraud and theft and left us far too soon.  Some of these individuals are memorialized by individual awards given in their names.  This award is meant to celebrate and remember them all. 

This award is funded by the WSATI Northern Chapter and is marked by the awarding of a commemorative plaque or equivalent at the annual training conference.

The 2009 Award was presented at the 2009 Conference in South Lake Tahoe to Detective Matt Lewis of the Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) for his investigation which broke up a construction equipment theft ring leading to multiple arrests and the recovery of over a million dollars of stolen equipment.

The 2010 Award was presented at the 2010 WSATI Training Seminar in San Diego.  The Award was presented by Northern Chapter President Don Farnham to retired Santa Ana Police Department / OCATT Detective Gary Labb.  To say Gary was surprised would be an understatement as he was taking photos of the awards ceremonies when his name was announced.
 

WSATI Northern Chapter President Don Farnham L-R: Distinguished Service Award Recipient Gary Labb, Dave Petrelli, Don Farnham

Date:   July 1, 2016

To:  All WSATI Chapter Members,

We are requesting nominations for this year’s Annual Distinguished Service Award to be presented at this year’s conference in San Diego, California, October 19, 2016.  All nominations must be submitted with a brief synopsis detailing why your nominated candidate should be chosen for this award.  Please e-mail Dennis Gallagher by August 1, 2016 with your nominations.  The WSATI Northern Chapter Board of Directors will select the recipient from the nominations received. 

Background:  In 2009, the Northern Chapter presented the First Annual Distinguished Service Award for outstanding achievements in the war on auto theft by an individual or a team in either Law Enforcement or Insurance Fraud Investigations.  The award is in honor of those individuals who have left us far too soon and who have made an indelible mark on our lives and molded how we go about our day to day business of fighting fraud and theft.  Some of these individuals are memorialized by individual awards given in their names.  This award is meant to celebrate and remember them all. 

This award is funded by the WSATI Northern Chapter and is marked by the awarding of a commemorative plaque or equivalent at each annual training conference.  To view the past recipients of this award, please go to www.wsati.org and search the Northern Chapter for their awards.

Thank you, 

Sonja Scheidt
WSATI Northern Chapter Secretary

All nominations should be e-mailed to Dennis Gallagher at: dgallagher.wsati@gmail.com


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