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County Judge and Commissioners honored Sheriff’s Sgt. Juan Pedro “J.P.” Rodriguez, a patrol supervisor, with a resolution for being named Crime Stoppers Deputy of the Year. Rodriguez, who was nominated by his peers and selected from among eight deputies by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, said he was honored and humbled by the award and subsequent Commissioners Court resolution.
“This is a humbling experience, especially because I was honored for what I consider just doing my job,” Rodriguez said. “Being in law enforcement isn’t just about arresting criminals; it is mainly about protecting those who cannot protect themselves and keeping our communities safe.”
Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra said Rodriguez was deserving of the recognition and introduced Crime Stoppers Board President Alma Cortez, who presented Rodriguez with a collage commemorating the Deputy of the Year.
Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. also commended Rodriguez and said Crime Stoppers plays an important role in assisting law enforcement.
This is the first year that the non-profit Crime Stoppers organization held a competition to select a Deputy of the Year. Eight deputies were nominated by their peers, however Rodriguez scored the highest among the four criteria used in the selection process, Cortez said. The four categories were Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, Distinguished Community Service, Act of Bravery, and Other Distinguished Service. The award was presented at a banquet held Saturday, Jan. 30 in McAllen.
County Judge Ramon Garcia, who was at the banquet, brought the Resolution to Commissioners Court.
“It is important to let our community hear these types of stories,” Garcia said. “I commend you on the award and on the fine job you are doing at the Sheriff’s Office.”
Rodriguez was selected for his part in the rescue of a Texas Syndicate gang member who had crashed his car into a canal while trying to evade arrest on November 11, Cortez said.
“It was the early morning hours and the car was submerged in the canal water,” Cortez said. “Sgt. Rodriguez jumped in, rescued him and then performed CPR until the man was able to breathe on his own.”