Elks Lodge Awards First Responders, Law Enforcers at 44th annual event

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. John Walla (center), of Battalion 6, was honored at Fire Captain of the Year by the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge Feb. 1. Also pictured (L to R), lodge Vice President Derek Randles and OCFA Division 3 Chief, Kirk Wells. Courtesy photo
Orange County Fire Authority Capt. John Walla (center), of Battalion 6, was honored at Fire Captain of the Year by the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge Feb. 1. Also pictured (L to R), lodge Vice President Derek Randles and OCFA Division 3 Chief, Kirk Wells. Courtesy photo

Dana Point Times

For the 44th year, the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444 honored local men and women serving their communities through law enforcement and emergency responding services.

On Feb. 1 the organization held its annual appreciation dinner for south Orange County first responders, for more than 150 firefighters, law enforcement officers, community leaders and family members of those being recognized for their work and dedication over the past year.

Capt. Jon Walla, of the Orange County Fire Authority’s Battalion 6, was named Captain of the Year. Battalion 6 services the south Orange County cities of Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brian Hall, of Dana Point Police Services, was honored as Deputy of the Year. Community Service Officer Cheryl Waters, of Laguna Niguel Police Services, was also honored. Additionally, OCSD Deputy Jared Streeter, from San Clemente Police Services, was recognized as a Deputy of the Year.

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