On September 23, 2021, The Friese family was honored to attend the Los Angeles Police Foundation’s Above & Beyond Award Ceremony and Luncheon for the Los Angeles Police Department, celebrating those who have demonstrated exemplary service in the LAPD.
At the event, 15 officers received the LAPD’s highest honors – the Medal of Valor, Purple Heart, and/or the Preservation of Life Medal. The Medal of Valor is the LAPD’s most prestigious award and is be awarded to officers who distinguish themselves with conspicuous bravery and heroism, above and beyond the normal demands of police service. The Purple Heart is awarded to officers who have sustained traumatic physical injury during an on-duty tactical situation and posthumously in the name of those who are killed in the line of duty. The Preservation of Life is awarded to officers who employed exceptional tactics and sound judgment, beyond the normal demands of duty, to preserve the life of another during a volatile or dangerous encounter while protecting the safety and security of the public and his or her fellow officers.
The Friese Foundation extends its heartfelt congratulations and thanks to everyone at the Los Angeles Police Department for their incredible service, and especially to these years award recipients:
Medal of Valor
Officers Cliff Chu (Metro Div.), Matt Clymer (Metro Div.), Oscar Granillo (Topanga Div.), Rene Gonzalez (Metro Div.), Martin Higuera (Metro Div.), Luis Urbina (Metro Div.), and Gerardo Velasco (Metro Div.).
Medal of Valor & Purple Heart
Officers Eduardo Guillen (Topanga Div.) and Enrique Trujilla (Newton Div.)
Sergeant Joseph Gunn (Newton Div.); Officers Fadi Chelico (West La Div.), Keith DuPuis (Wilshire Div.), Richard Harsma (77th Div.), and Frank Pettinato (77th Div.).
Preservation of Life
Sergeant Michael Porter (Metro Div.)