Recipients of the Billy Osborn Memorial Award have been Marianne Finney Dan Ryan Myron Smith Emile Maassen Gene Meregillano George Sentman Jerry Park Joan Pitts Gary Labb Fritz Grimsley Terry Cramer Carol VanNatter Lou Koven Bill Lovold Dennis Frias Bud Hood Martha Jones Geraldine Ward Rick Greenwood Michael Bender
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WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT
INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
SOUTHERN CHAPTER

THE BILLY OSBORN MEMORIAL AWARD


In the past, a committee made recommendations for the Award.  Due to a death, medical issues, and retirements, the committee ceased to function after 2005, and the award was not presented for two years. 
Rather than using committee recommendations, the WSATI Southern Chapter Executive Board wanted all of the Southern Chapter members involved in the decision making process for the Billy Osborn Memorial Award.  Nominations were requested from WSATI Southern Chapter members for the 2007 Billy Osborn Memorial Award.  The Award was reinstituted in 2008, with the awarding of the 2007 Billy Osborn Memorial Award.

If you did not know Billy, Billy was a long-time friend of law enforcement while he was the manager of the State Farm Auto Theft Unit.  Billy was also a long-time member of the Southern Chapter of WSATI.  Billy was one of those people who you could always count on when you needed something, whether it was something planned months in advance or something that came up which needed immediate response.  Quite literally, Billy would find a vehicle for a bait car at a moment's notice, or somehow locate $5,000 buy money late on a Friday afternoon...and he would deliver them to you with a smile on his face.  After Billy's untimely death, the WSATI Southern Chapter memorialized him by establishing an annual award to recognize an individual within the Southern Chapter who showed the contribution and dedication to vehicle theft investigation and the WSATI Southern Chapter that was so apparent by Billy.

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The following people have been recognized by the Southern Chapter membership and presented the Billy Osborn Memorial Award:

YEAR RECIPIENT AGENCY AT TIME OF AWARD
2012 MICHAEL BENDER ICW GROUP INSURANCE COMPANIES SIU
2010 RICK GREENWOOD RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT
2009 MARTHA JONES AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SIU
2009 GERALDINE WARD AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SIU
2008 BUD HOOD ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT / OCATT (RETIRED)
2007 DENNIS FRIAS CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL SOUTHERN FEAR TEAM
2004 BILL LOVOLD AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SIU
2003 LOU KOVEN LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT BAD CATS
2002 CAROL VANNATTER * AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SIU
2001 TERRY CRAMER ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
2000 FRITZ GRIMSLEY * CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL / OCATT
1999 GARY LABB SANTA ANA POLICE DEPARTMENT
1998 JOAN PITTS HERTZ RENT-A-CAR
1997 JERRY PARK SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
1997 GEORGE SENTMAN * AVIS RENT-A-CAR
1996 GENE MEREGILLANO * ESCONDIDO POLICE DEPARTMENT
1996 EMILE MAASSEN AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SIU
1995 MYRON SMITH * CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL
1994 DAN RYAN * FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
1993 MARIANNE FINNEY STATE FARM INSURANCE SIU
* Deceased

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