Newport Beach Honors Its Police at Full-House Event

By John Fredricks
John Fredricks
John Fredricks
John Fredricks is a California-based journalist for The Epoch Times. His reportage and photojournalism features have been published in a variety of award-winning publications around the world.
April 1, 2022 Updated: April 1, 2022

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Newport Beach Police officers gathered at the Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Hotel March 31 for an appreciation breakfast sponsored by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“The Chamber recognizes the Newport Beach Police Department in an effort to show how much residents and local businesses appreciate the work these men and women do for Newport Beach,” the Chamber said on its website.

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A file photo of a Newport Beach Police officer in Newport Beach, Calif., on Oct.25, 2021. (John Fredricks, The Epoch Times)

Former NBC “Dateline” journalist Keith Morrison—who has reported in nearly every corner of the world during his long career—was the event’s guest speaker.

Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon spoke directly to the many police in attendance thanking them for their hard work.

Several officers, and one volunteer, were honored during the event for their outstanding roles in saving lives and working to prevent and stop crime.

Those honored for saving the life of another, called the “Lifesaving Award” were: Officers Kyle Cameron, Adam Daymude, Tyler Machado, Benjamin Arnett, Austin Laverty, Brian Park, Tyler Eisenhauer, Isaac Furnari, and Steven Oberon.

Merit Awards were also given to those who exemplified service “above and beyond” and were awarded to: Officers Kyle Markwald, Christine Maroney, Court Depweg, Michael Dugan, Michael Fletcher and Bryan McMahon.

Other awards were:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Laird Hayes
  • Civilian Employee of the Year: Rangemaster Vincent Kyzer
  • Civilian Supervisor of the Year: Senior Dispatcher Joseph Horton
  • Sworn Supervisor of the Year: Sgt. Brandon Rodriguez
  • Officer of the Year: Homeless Liaison Officer Cynthia Carter

The event, open to the public, sold out with ticket prices ranging from $55 for singles to table sponsorships for $650.

John Fredricks is a California-based journalist for The Epoch Times. His reportage and photojournalism features have been published in a variety of award-winning publications around the world.