CPF Police Officer of the Month Award Recipients
2021 CPF Police Officer of the Month Award Recipients
Recipients will receive a personal plaque in recognition of their good deeds, and perpetual plaques will be displayed at Cleveland Police Headquarters, the offices of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police Cleveland Lodge 8 where they will serve as an inspiration to others.
April Police Officer of the Month
Detective Thomas Barnes
Detective Thomas Barnes of the Cleveland Division of Police Intelligence Unit has spent twenty years in a career he can be extremely proud of!
Before being assigned to the Intelligence Unit, the detective volunteered two days a week at the downtown soup kitchens feeding the homeless. On one occasion, he literally gave a homeless person the coat off his back.
During his CPD career, Barnes was responsible for 1,650 drug arrests. For those arrested, the detective would suggest leniency for the drug users who completed the treatment class prior to going to court, but no deals were made for the drug dealers themselves. It should also be noted that during his career, Detective Barnes was a three-time medal winner including the Cleveland Division of Police Medal of Honor, and there has never been a complaint lodged against him.
What makes this award extra special is that in October of 2020 Detective Barnes’ daughter, Brooklyn was named Police Officer of the Month by the Cleveland Police Foundation. Obviously, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
When asked about her dad, Patrol Officer Brooklyn Barnes stated “My father is truly the BEST policeman I’ve ever known and I hope to be half the policeman he is one day.”
It is because of his compassion and dedication to his profession that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Detective Thomas Barnes as its Police Officer of the Month for April 2021.
March Police Officer of the Month
Patrol Officers Molly Madaras and Corey Rose
Two outstanding officers from the Second District are true Heroes in Blue!
Patrol Officers Molly Madaras and Corey Rose responded to a fire that had fully engulfed a home on West 47th Street this past January. Also responding was Ohio State Trooper Hiram Morales.
When notified by a neighbor that there were people inside, the officers entered without hesitation. Once inside, they encountered a male in a wheelchair and carried him out in that wheelchair. They returned to the home after learning there was a female inside, located her, and assisted her out also. The two rescued citizens were guided to a safe area away from the fire at which time neighbors came to their aid, providing blankets for both of them.
When asked about the actions of these patrol officers, Second District Commander Tom Stacho stated, “These officers ran into a burning building without regard to their personal safety and risked their lives to save the lives of two citizens who, because of physical limitations, were unable to escape the raging fire inside their home. Their heroic actions are especially noteworthy and deserving of this recognition.”
It is because of their dedication and devotion to their profession that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Patrol Officers Molly Madaras and Corey Rose as its Police Officers of the Month for March 2021.
(Special note): Thank you to Commander Tom Stacho and Lieutenant Tim Maffo-Judd for this nomination!
February Police Officer of the Month
Patrol Officers James Grotenrath, James Lally, Brandon Melbar, Christopher Musson, Ashley Santa, and Mason Sedlak
The words “Good will towards men” are often heard during the Christmas season. On this past Christmas Eve, six Cleveland Patrol Officers from the Fourth District expressed their goodwill!
These six Heroes in Blue, Patrol Officers James Grotenrath, James Lally, Brandon Melbar, Christopher Musson, Ashley Santa, and Mason Sedlak responded to a call received from an elderly male. This man lives alone and had been snowed into his home from the recent snowstorm.
Despite this not being a typical police call, the officers went to the man’s home and brought snow shovels with them. During brutal weather conditions, they proceeded to shovel the citizen’s driveway, walkway, and the steps to his front porch. They finished the job by completely salting the driveway and walkway and informed the grateful resident it was now safe to leave the house.
When asked about this Christmas gift provided by these officers, Fourth District Sergeant Barry Bentley stated, “These are very special officers that were proud to do a good deed for a good person and remained in good spirits while doing so.”
It is because of their unselfish actions to assist a needy individual from the community that they serve that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Patrol Officers James Grotenrath, James Lally, Brandon Melbar, Christopher Musson, Ashley Santa, and Mason Sedlak as its Police Officers of the Month for February 2021.
(Special note): Thank you to Fourth District Commander Brandon Kutz for this nomination!
January Police Officer of the Month
Patrol Officer Tony Harper
For over 24 years, Patrol Officer Tony Harper has been with the Cleveland Division of Police and has served in the Community Policing Unit. During that time, PO Harper was involved in many community and child-related programs. They include D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training), R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense), the Law Enforcement Explorers Program, and the Cleveland Police Athletic League (P.A.L.).
Officer Harper has been a big part of the Cleveland P.A.L. program for over 18 years, volunteering hundreds of hours of his own time in addition to his regular work hours. Much to the enjoyment of the youngsters, the officer could also be found playing music as a professional DJ, appearing around town throughout the year and at Camp George Forbes in Highland Hills (a recreational activity site run by the City of Cleveland).
When asked about Officer Harper’s involvement in the P.A.L. program, Executive Director Bob Kumazec stated “Tony epitomizes what it means to be a police officer dedicated to his community. He has helped countless families and youngsters during his career in many different ways and in many different roles.”
It is because of his dedication to the community he serves that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name Patrol Officer Tony Harper its Police Officer of the Month for January 2021.