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July 30, 2013 > Fire fighter & police officer awards announced

Fire fighter & police officer awards announced

Submitted By Dawn Argula

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty recognized three retirees on July 26, all who served with distinction over many years of service with awards for 2013 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and 2013 Fire Fighter of the Year. Two awards were issued this year for the Law Enforcement category, one each to former police chiefs for the City of Fremont and for the City of Livermore. The Fire Fighter award went to a retired fire chief from the City of Fremont. Haggerty presented the awards at his 17th annual barbecue held at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton today.

Recipient of the 2013 Fire Fighter of the Year award, former Fire Chief Dan Lydon was hired by the City of Fremont in 1963 and spent his entire fire fighting career with the city. Advancing through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief, Lydon was appointed Fire Chief in 1987 serving until his retirement in 2002. During his career with Fremont, Lydon was recognized with several prestigious awards for the fire fighting profession - Alameda County Fire Fighter of the Year in 1974 and the California Fire Chiefs' Association Fire Chief of the Year in 2000. Chief Lydon played a key role in the community, establishing several innovative programs and training protocols.

Receiving the 2013 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards were former Fremont Chief of Police Craig Steckler and former Livermore Chief of Police Steve Sweeney.

Craig Steckler began his career in law enforcement in 1968 with the City of San Clemente, California. In 1980 Steckler moved to the City of Piedmont in Alameda County when he was appointed Chief of Police and modernized the agency, increased training and established various programs including Neighborhood Watch, Citizen Volunteer and a Canine program. During this period he was elected president of the Alameda County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff's Association. In 1986 Steckler came to the City of Fremont and was appointed its Deputy Chief of Police responsible for the Operations and Support Services Division. Steckler was appointed Fremont's Chief of Police in 1992 where he served until his retirement in May 2013. During his tenure Chief Steckler developed a number of programs which have since been adopted by other police agencies in California.

Steve Sweeney began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a police cadet in Moraga, California. In 1984 he joined the Livermore Police Department where he advanced to various positions including patrol officer, a member of the Livermore SWAT unit, and detective before achieving various ranking positions as sergeant, lieutenant and captain before his appointment as Chief of Police in 2006 in which he served until his retirement in 2013. During his tenure Chief Sweeney was involved in many key initiatives which established the City of Livermore as a leader in law enforcement.

Scott Haggerty represents the First District communities of Fremont, Livermore, Dublin, and east unincorporated areas on the five-member Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

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