Police Department Awards

Officer of the Year Award

Adam Zutman

Congratulations to Officer Adam Zutman who was named Golden Police Department 2019 Officer of the Year.

Adam has been a police officer with the City of Golden since 2005. Prior to that he had several years of service at the Colorado School of Mines Police Department here in Golden.

Officer Zutman is a master instructor in firearms and driving. In addition, he is one of only three FAA licensed drone pilots serving with the agency, and has taken a very active role in the City’s drone program by completing a proposal to acquire three new aircraft and developing an operations manual for the program, among other accomplishments.

Officer Zutman took an equally active role with both the department firearms program and driving program. He taught classes with the JCO for rifle use, shotgun use and a rifle instructor course, and maintains and updates the training manuals for firearms. He acquired six new rifle kits and three new shotgun kits for the department, all under budget.

Officer Zutman is an active full-time officer who has accomplished more than can be listed here. He is a true asset to the department.

Leadership Excellence Award

Deputy Chief Joe Harvey

Congratulations to Deputy Chief Joe Harvey who was given the 2019 Leadership Excellence Award.

In 2019, D.C. Harvey was promoted from Captain to Deputy Chief. In both his current role and his previous rank of captain he has routinely taken on the responsibility of project management, mentoring department personnel, acting as a sounding board as well as educating and providing leadership to the two captains. He also fills in whenever and wherever needed on behalf of Chief Kilpatrick, attending meetings, public speaking, interacting with the city manager and city council and simply whatever else is needed.

Over the years he has worked diligently on the Golden PD accreditation process, developed and recommended policy, revamped the evaluation system, created an entirely new budget process, took the lead on the IACP staff study, created a policy review committee, worked to create organizational accountability and consistently seeks to improve the functioning of individuals and the department as a whole.

Meritorious Service Medal

Chief Bill Kilpatrick

Has been recognized for performance of exemplified significant achievement in having served the Golden Police Department in good standing for 30 years.

Meritorious Service Medal

Officer C.J. Kloberdance

Has been recognized for performance of exemplified significant achievement in having served the Golden Police Department in good standing for 25 years.

Meritorious Service Medal

Officer Jodene Fowler

Has been recognized for performance of exemplified significant achievement in having served the Golden Police Department in good standing for 25 years.

Meritorious Service Medal

Sergeant Ben Salentine

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 4:21 pm, Sergeant Ben Salentine responded to a fire alarm at 1433 Lunnonhaus Dr.

When he arrived on scene he was flagged down by numerous bystanders and observed smoke coming from apartment #11 window. He went to the door and observed smoke coming from under the door. He banged on the door and got no answer. He pushed open the door and entered the apartment filled with smoke and removed the only occupant who was dazed and intoxicated.

Andy Wazny of the Pleasantview Fire Department wrote “I think it is safe to say that Sergeant Salentine did go above and beyond to get this guy out….and potentially save his life.”

For the performance of an act, where Sergeant Salentine was exposed to operational risk and personal danger while saving a life, he is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Distinguished Service Award

Deputy Nanette Knox

Deputy Gregory Sikes

Deputy Randal Owens

On Thursday, July 4, 2019, at about 2:40 a.m. Golden Officers were dispatched to a fire inside a townhome at 18231 W 3rd Avenue. At the time, all Golden officers were responding from the northern area of town.

Dispatch advised there were Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies closer to the location and asked for approval to have them respond. Approval was immediately given and the deputies were dispatched.

Within a few moments, the deputies arrived to discover the end unit of a four-home townhome building, filled with smoke with a visible fire in the upstairs portion of the home. Neighbors reported the resident of the home was an alcoholic and most likely inside.

Deputy Randall Owens, Deputy Nanette Knox and Deputy Gregory Sikes forced entry into the residence and began searching through the smoke filled upstairs, next to the rapidly growing fire, in an attempt to locate the homeowner.

Deputy Owens moved to the basement area where he located the resident passed out in a back bedroom. Deputy Owens was able to wake the resident and help him out of the home and to safety as Golden PD and Fire personnel were arriving.

Sergeant Custer was one of the first Golden PD units to arrive and could see how serious the situation was. The upstairs portion of the residence was completely filled with smoke from the expanding fire and the basement area was rapidly filling with smoke from the upper area.

The swift and courageous response by Deputy Owens, Deputy Knox and Deputy Sikes, despite the obvious danger to their own personal safety, led to the successful rescue of the homeowner.

For performing an act of gallantry beyond the call of duty to save a human life and in so doing were exposed to significant risk to their life or safety, Deputy Owens, Knox, and Sikes are awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Distinguished Service Awards

Officer Ryan Beale

Trooper N.W. Trujillo

Chief’s Star Firefighter
Terrell Hale

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 4:20 pm, officers were dispatched to a possible suicide attempt on U.S. Hwy 6 at Indiana (Lakewood). Upon searching the area, Officer Beale aired that he had visual on the subject who was leaning over the bridge looking down upon Indiana. The man had climbed over the guardrail and it appeared he intended to jump off the overpass. As Officers responded emergent, Officer Beale directed incoming resources to shutdown U.S. Hwy 6. Traffic was extremely heavy on U.S. Hwy 6 and Indiana at the time of the call.

West Metro Fire was able to block the southbound lanes of Indiana. Officer Beale was able to block one of the northbound lanes of Indiana and made his way up the embankment of U.S. Hwy 6. CSP Trooper N.W. Trujillo arrived on scene and blocked traffic on U.S. Hwy 6 with his patrol car.

West Metro Firefighter Terrell Hale was on Indiana below the subject. He was speaking to the man trying to keep him from jumping off of the overpass.

Officer Beale and CSP Trooper Trujillo were able to run across traffic from the south side to the north side of Hwy 6. They crossed six lanes of traffic in order to close the distance to the suicidal subject. Officer Beale and CSP Trooper Trujillo made their way through traffic and ultimately were able to grab the subject, pulling him back to the safe side of the guardrail. Just before Officers were able to secure the subject, he had thrown his personal items off the bridge down onto Indiana. The man was incredibly distraught and had given up on life. He was recently released from the Jefferson County Detention Facility on a 3rd degree assault charge. Although he was crying and had a hard time formulating words, he was very happy to be alive.

For performing an act of gallantry beyond the call of duty to save a human life and in so doing were exposed to significant risk to their life or safety, Detective Beale and Trooper Trujillo are awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

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