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Irvine Rotary Presents Public Safety Partnership Award


On Wednesday, February 1st, the Irvine Rotary Club and Irvine Police Department presented the quarterly Public Safety Partnership Award during a breakfast held at the Rancho Senior Center.


This award, sponsored by the Rotary Club, was designed as a way to identify members of the community who have contributed to reducing crime or improving the safety of the City.  The Irvine Police Department and the Irvine Rotary Club jointly recognize one or more individuals at a quarterly breakfast event by presenting them with a plaque as a token of appreciation.


This quarter’s award was jointly presented by Chief Maggard and Rotary President Mark Brubaker to a father and daughter whose actions may have saved the life of a disoriented, elderly man who was missing from his home in Santa Ana. 


On December 27, 2011, Jolie Huisken herd noises coming from outside her home.  She and her father Todd went out to investigate and discovered an 81-year-old crouched down in the shrubs, shivering from the 40 degree temperature.  The Huisken’s took immediate action to assist the man and called 911.  Sergeant Quiroz and Officer Ayalde responded to the scene and arranged for transport to a local hospital. Officers investigating the situation were able to determine that the man had been missing for 18 hours. 


Thanks to the actions of the Huiskens and to their willingness to get involved, this man was able to return to his grateful family unharmed.  It is thanks to the partnership between community members like the Huiskens and the Irvine Police Department that Irvine enjoys such an outstanding reputation for safety and quality of life!


Attending the Rotary Club meeting were Chief Maggard, Commander Aninag, Special Assistant to the Chief Jung, Sergeant Quiroz and Officer Ayalde