Arvada police sergeant, A.J. DeAndrea received honorable mention as part of Parade Magazine’s Police Service Awards for 2007.
Sgt. DeAndrea (an Arvada native and Arvada High School graduate) was recognized for his exceptional leadership demonstrated as a team leader with the Jefferson County Regional S.W.A.T. Team and patrol sergeant with the Arvada Police Department.
Sgt. DeAndrea responded to the hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School in 2006, and the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999. In each incident, he displayed the highest degree of courage, teamwork and leadership one would expect from a consummate professional such as Sgt. DeAndrea.
Sgt. DeAndrea remains a “graveyard” sergeant and supervises a team of young, talented officers who almost unanimously chose to work this grueling shift again in 2007 because Sgt. DeAndrea would be their supervisor.
“He teaches, mentors, trains and guides these officers each day of the week they work together. His efforts are sure to have a lasting impact on their careers,” said Commander Debra Arp of the Arvada Police Department.
“I’m thrilled A.J. has been nationally recognized for his exemplary work as a Jefferson County Regional S.W.A.T. Team leader and patrol sergeant with the Arvada Police Department,” said Police Chief Don Wick. “The adversity he has experienced has made him stronger, more compassionate and completely dedicated to the community.”