Chief of Police Recognizes CCPD Officers and Civilians

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The outstanding achievements of several police officers and civilian employees were recognized during a recent ceremony at the police department.

Chief of Police Mike Markle honored three police officers with lifesaving awards. They included Senior Officer Michael Frakes who talked a distraught man down from the SH 286 and SH 358 flyover. Senor Officer Brandon Cordell who helped save the life of a man high on heroin and not breathing by doing chest compressions until medics arrived. Senor Officer Steve Ruebelmann helped bring a woman to safety who was threatened suicide on the Corn Products freeway overpass.

Senior Officer Samantha Baldwin was named Officer of the Year for her work with the DWI Enforcement Unit. In 2017, she made 379 driving while intoxicated arrests, an achievement no other Corpus Christi police officer has made in the history of the department.

Captain David Cook, an almost 40 year veteran of the department was named Supervisor of the Year for his work commanding Charlie District on the city’s south side. Since 2008, the Captain has also been assigned command of the Emergency Response Unit comprised of the SWAT Team, Hostage Negotiators, the Dive Team and Bomb Squad.

Administrative Manager of Support Services Patricia Persohn was named 2017 Corpus Christi Police Department Employee of the Year. She oversees Central Records and the management of the property room.

Celeste Hogan was named Corpus Christi Police Department Volunteer of the Year.