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It was a packed house at Antiioch City Hall during the 2013 Awards Ceremony for the City of Antioch Police Department held at City Hall in Antioch, Calif., on Wednesday May 8, 2013. Many awards were given out to officers and citizens for their services in the community. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Police Department honored a number of officers, volunteers and residents at its recent annual awards ceremony at the City Council chamber.

Chief Allan Cantando presented the Lifesaving Award to resident Ryan Matthew Sealey who saved a 4-year-old girl who was drowning at a local health club. He also recognized Antioch resident Marlin Joyce Britt-Williams who helped police find a missing person with Alheimer's Disease, and Ron Van Den Baard, a volunteer with the department's Volunteers in Service unit. Also receiving commendations were the Rev. Robert Rien, Pastor Tom Kelleher, Hans Ho, Rick Flood, Georgia Koch and Ann Bowman.

Other awards, presented to staff, included employees of the year (Officer Robert "Powell" Meads and dispatcher Stacey Malsom); distinguished service (Sgt. Steven Bias); 10-year service (Josh Vincent); meritorious service (Officer Martin Hynes, Officer Wardell Carter, Officer Tom Lenderman, Officer Loren Bledsoe, Officer B.J. Hewitt, Shirley Head and Andrea Sutherland.

Retirement recognition went to Officer Leroy Bloxom, Officer Scott Slinger, Officer Aaron Sapp, and dispatcher Pat Adair.

The Purple Heart Award went to Thor, the now-retired police dog who was shot during a burglary but didn't let go of the suspect.

K-9 service recognition also went to Officer Chris Valliere and Officer Matt Harger.

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