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Burbank Honors Public Servants in Community Service Awards

Boy Scout Troop 210 of Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On Wednesday, August 30th, Burbank honored our own hometown heroes with a Community Service Awards ceremony at the Elks Lodge. The awards event was two years in the making, and honorees were made up of the 2015 and 2016 years. The event was organized by the  Burbank’s Elks Lodge 1497, and with little help from Burbank’s very own Boy Scouts Troop 201.

The awards proved to be a good reminder Burbank’s city leaders are some of the best in the country. That same reminder is more important now after the La Tuna fire, which you can read more about here. Now, without further ado, let’s go over the list of award recipients!

 Teachers of the Year

Center Jan Hacker. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

For the 2015 year, Sara Line was given the Teach of the Year award for an outstanding job in promoting achievement and success to our young students here in Burbank.

As for the 2016 year, Jan Hacker of John Burroughs High School was awarded Teacher of the Year. As for what this award means to her, Hacker had this to say:

It’s really been an honor to be included with the other individuals that were here tonight, mostly because it’s very representative of the kind of town Burbank is all about. The people that I’ve met here tonight are all parents, students, and grandparents. That’s what it’s all about: Everybody being a part of the same thing. Tonight really made me feel like that. With officers, firefighters, city workers – to be included in that crowd, and to be representative of what Burbank is all about, it’s a huge honor for me.

Police Officers of the Year

Officers of the year were awarded to incredible public servants who have gone above and beyond to ensure they’re the best they can be for the city of Burbank. The following officers were awarded for the 2016 year:

Officer Cindy Guillen

Sergeant Joshua Kendrick 

Sergeant Adam Baumgarten

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Sergeant Mark Stohl


After the awards ceremony, I was able to catch up with Officer Cindy Guillen to ask her what this award meant to her:

This award is very special to me. One, because there was a lot of hard work that we put in. My partner and I were one unit, working together and working for the community. We did everything we possibly could to not only make the community better, but to mend the gap between the police department and the community. The work we did is appreciated through this award and we’re very grateful to be honored.

City Employees of the Year

For the 2015 year, Bradley (Brad) Recker was awarded for his unrelenting passion to make Burbank better.

For the 2016 year, Bill Parrish was awarded for his outstanding service to the community.

Firefighters of the Year

Captain Daryl Isozaki. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters of the year are chosen by other firefighters. By voting for an individual, firefighters are essentially choosing the best representation of the entire department.

Captain Daryl Isozaki was awarded Firefighter of the Year for 2015. Isozaki has been a part of the the Burbank Fire Department for 31 years. After the ceremony, I caught up with Captain Isozaki to get his take on his award:

It’s a privilege. I’m on the tail end of my career right now, and I’m going to retire this year. I’ve seen a lot of things change over the years and the one thing that doesn’t change for the Fire Department is their quality and talented people that we have. It’s a privilege for me to be able to mentor some of our young firefighters and help them out in their career. This is a good expression of the department expressing years of service and some of the contributions we’ve made.

As for the first thing he’s going to do after retiring, Captain Isozaki simply plans on going fishing.

Engineer Andrew Chest. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Engineer Andrew Chest was awarded Firefighter of the Year for 2016. On the award, Chest had this to say:

It’s an appreciation of the hard work, it’s an appreciation of the department for me, and I hold it with high regards. It is indeed an honor to be here tonight. It’s pretty prideful to receive this award. It’s who your peers think who deserves the award, that’s what’s honorable about this.

If you’d like to see more of the ceremony, take a look at the pictures below!

Optimist Club Honors Three From Burbank PD

The Burbank- Magnolia Park Optimist Club honored three people from the Burbank Police Department at their annual awards dinner last Thursday, January 16, at the Elks Lodge. Police Officer of the Year Christian Diaz, Civilian Employee of the Year Norma Brolsma and Volunteer of the Year Linda Troncone were recognized at the event attended by over 50 Optimist Club members and several members of BPD Command Staff and the Burbank Police Officers’ Association (BPOA) and family members of the award recipients.

(from left to right) Sgt. Darun Ryburn, Deputy Chief Tom Angel, Captain Ron Caruso, Police Chief Scott LaChasse, Volunteer Awardee Linda Troncone, Civilian Awardee Norma Brolsma, Detective Ed Sander, Sgt. Claudio Losacco, and Officer Cameron Mencuri (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(from left to right) Sgt. Darin Ryburn, Deputy Chief Tom Angel, Captain Ron Caruso, Police Chief Scott LaChasse, Volunteer Awardee Linda Troncone, Civilian Awardee Norma Brolsma, Detective Ed Sander, Sgt. Claudio Losacco, and Officer Cameron Mencuri. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“The Burbank Police Department is extremely proud of the dedication, accomplishments, teamwork, and positive attitudes of Officer Diaz, Ms. Brolsma, and Ms. Troncone,” commented Police Chief Scott LaChasse. “They are the heart and soul of the police department and each has contributed significantly to our success in providing quality service and having achieved a reputation of overall excellence.”

Brolsma has worked for the BPD since 1981 and for the past twenty years has worked in the Traffic Bureau processing film permits, parade permits and special event permits. She also acts as the liason between the film industry and the police department for special events like Cavalia, Circus Vargas and the Downtown Burbank car shows.

Norma Brolsma (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Norma Brolsma (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Born and raised in Burbank, Brolsma attended Burbank High School and Valley College and currently resides in the city with her fiance Brian and son Donald.

She has been the recipient of several commendations over the years for cultural awareness projects and for her part in the police department’s work combating domestic terrorism.

“It is an honor to be named 2014 Civilian Employee of the Year. I want to thank the Magnolia Park Optimist Club and the Burbank Police Department for the recognition and award,” Brolsma said.

“It’s been a honor serving the City of Burbank for 33.5 years at the Police Department.”

Troncone has volunteered with the Burbank PD since 2005 on a variety of projects in addition to assisting the detectives in the department’s Juvenile Division. She also volunteers with the BPOA assisting with their retirement gala, holiday party and golf tournament. She volunteers for the City of Burbank’s Habitat For Humanity team and also lends a hand to LAPD’s Devonshire Division.

Linda Troncone (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Linda Troncone (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

After living in Burbank for many years, Troncone recently moved to Granada Hills. She enjoys spending time with her two granddaughters, Mia and Ali and baking.

“It is an honor being recognized by the Optimist Club for something that I truly love doing, which is helping the police department,” commented Troncone.

Police Officer of the Year Christian Diaz was unable to attend the awards event as he was at a week-long Field Training Officer school out of the area, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. He added, “He wanted to thank the Optimist Club for their award and apologized for not being there in person to accept the award.”

Sgt. Claudio Losacco, President of the BPOA, accepted the award on Diaz’ behalf. Diaz was also recently honored as Police Officer of the Year at the Elks Service Awards event, which recognized four individuals in the City of Burbank for outstanding work.

The Optimist Club awards event honoring members of the Burbank Police Department has been held annually for more than 40 years, beginning in the 1960s when both the Fire Chief and Chief of Police were members of the club, according to club member Jim Lloyd.

“While most of the activities we do are geared towards the youth in Burbank this awards dinner is something we’ve enjoyed doing for the Burbank Police Department,” explained Terry Scott, a former BUSD Physical Education teacher who, along with his wife Pam, has been an Optimist Club member for several years. “We like to put on this night for them and we all had a great time.”

The Burbank-Magnolia Park Optimist Club was chartered in 1954 and many past and present educators fill out its membership ranks. The Optimist Club’s main fundraiser is their annual golf tournament held each May, which raises money for scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors.