In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year National Police week is this week, May 10-16.
Normally, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many events during Police Week are being cancelled (or postponed) in 2020.
The Pleasanton Express wants to recognize the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our local law enforcement departments in Atascosa County.
If you can, take the time this week to thank one of our many local law enforcement officers. They are here to protect and serve our communities, especially during these unprecedented times.
From the Pleasanton Express, thank you to all of our LEOs at the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office, Pleasanton Police Department, Jourdnaton Police Department, Poteet Police and Lytle Police Department.
Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office LEOs, from left: front row, Lt. Norma Jordan, Lt. Wayne Stratton, Chief Jake Guerra, Sheriff David Soward, Major Matt Miller, Lt. Max Peralta and Sgt. Inv. Albert Garza; second row Sgt. Inv. Robert Newman, Deputy Zenaida Vera-Ramos, Deputy Gabrielle Cantu, Sgt. Joe Saucedo, Deputy Manny Leija, Deputy Carlos Contreras, Deputy Steven Faz, Deputy Craig Johnson, Deputy John Mendoza, Deputy Ronald Sanchez Jr., Deputy Daniel Gonzales, Deputy Chris Gomez, Sgt. Inv. Daniel Gamez, Deputy Stephen Wilson, Deputy J.D. Ruiz and K9 Officer Kimbo; third row, Deputy Shane Billings, Deputy Caleb Bunch, Deputy Bryan Cantu, Sgt. Paul Schneider, Sgt. George Lopez, Sgt. Greg Pierce, Sgt. Kevin Draughn, Deputy/Dispatcher Devon Wilborn, Sgt. Inv. Gavin Lindsay; fourth row, Deputy Alex Garza, Deputy Isaac Chia, Deputy Peter Allen, Deputy Enrique Lopez, Deputy Andy Rutherford, Sgt.John Rothenbach, Deputy Adam Figueroa, Sergeant Bill Ricks, Deputy Luis Diaz, Deputy Daniel Hernandez, Deputy Terry Cooper, Deputy Benny Lopez, Deputy Guy Bruce and Deputy Johnnie Strause. If you need their assistance, please call 830-769-3434. Their office is located at 1108 Campbell Ave. in Jourdanton. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS
Members of the Pleasanton Police Department, from left, Smitty Gonzales, Daisy Herrera, Lt. Anastactio Perez, Detective Chris Trevion (gray shirt), Capt. Ernest Guerra, Alexia Delgadillo, Matthew DeLeon (back row), Chief Ronald Sanchez, Sgt. Kai Viesca, Josue Martinez, Steven Vera, Sgt. Daniel Zertuche, Assistant Chief Johnny Gonzales. The officers pictured are members of the Day Shift 1 and Night Shift 1 crew. Not pictured are members of the Day Shift 2 and Night Shift 2 who were on days off when this photo was taken. Pleasanton PD is located at 704 W. Oaklawn Rd. in Pleasanton. If you are in need of their assistance, please call 830-569-3869. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS
Pictured are members of the Jourdanton Police Department, from left, Sgt. Pierce Ruple, Administrative Assistant Jeanette Garza, School Resource Officer Amelia Camacho, Officer Chris Beavers, Sgt. Investigator Mari Kaufman, Chief Eric Kaiser and Officer Joseph Manguso. Not Pictured are Lt. Santos Gonzales, Officer Michael Hetzer, Officer Juan Rios. Jourdanton PD is located at 1604 Hwy. 97 E. in Jourdanton. If you are in need of their assistance, please call 830-769-2241. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS
Poteet Mayor Willie Leal Jr. read a proclamation recognizing May 10-16 National Police Week. Pictured, from left, are Poteet PD Lt. Noe Rodriguez, Cpl. Jose Angel Gonzalez, Chief Bruce Hickman, Mayor Leal, Police Secretary Faye Oldham, Patrolman Chris Carter, Sgt. Wilson Butler and Community Compliance Ofc. John Seda. If you are in need of their assistance, please call 830-742-3564. They are located at 182 5th St. in Poteet. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS
Members of the Lytle Police Department, from left, Ofc. Sergio Peña, Cpl. Danny Robison, Chief Richey Priest, Lt. Matthew Dear and Ofc. David Lopez. Not pictured are Capt. Frank Reyes, Sgt. Gordon Hanson, Sgt. Mark Montgomery, Ofc. Joe Torres and Administrative Asst. Paola Rios. Please note, this photo was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic. You may call them at 830-772-3149. Their office is located at 15245 Hester St. in Lytle. COURTESY PHOTO