Police Officer of the Year The Seaside Police Department is proud to present Field Training Officer Joseph Rogish as Police Officer of the Year. All members of the Seaside Police Department have the opportunity to nominate an officer for the Seaside Police Department Officer of the Year. Nominations are based upon the values of the Seaside Police Department, which are: accountability, integrity, honesty, loyalty, respect, responsibility, teamwork, and service to the community. Nominations may be based upon a single notable incident, or on ongoing daily performance and conduct. Field Training Officer Joseph Rogish has been an officer with the Seaside Police Department since 2008. FTO Rogish exemplifies an excellent worth ethic and demonstrates a daily commitment to serving the Community of Seaside. He was nominated by his peers and selected by the Department’s supervisors as the Police Officer of the Year.An event which exemplifies FTO Rogish's service was a non-enforcement action he took while on duty. While working patrol, he came across a homeless military veteran. FTO Rogish took time to get out of his patrol car and talk with the man. He learned the man was without shelter or food for the upcoming week while he was waiting to receive benefits. FTO Rogish took it upon himself to provide for the man by purchasing food enough for a week, and a one week stay at a local hotel. Officer Rogish made these purchases with his own money. This act of kindness is an example of his dedication to service. Also in 2017, FTO Rogish showed his commitment to the police department by applying for a position as a Field Training Officer. He was selected as one of three new FTOs and will be responsible for passing his knowledge and dedication to community service onto newly hired officers. Firefighter of the Year The Seaside Fire Department is proud to present to the City Council and the City of Seaside the recipient of the 2018 Seaside Firefighter of the Year, Engineer Blake Sardina. Once a year, members of the Seaside Fire Department nominate fire personnel to be selected as Firefighter of the Year. A nominee is selected among his/her peers based on dedication, service to the community and exemplary efforts throughout the year. Nominees are then forwarded to the selection committee and the finalist serves as the Seaside Fire Department Firefighter of the Year for all recognition events. The Firefighter of the Year tradition started in 1966 with the first documented recipient being Captain John R Kaser; besides being honored by City Council, the Firefighter of the Year is recognized by the American Legion Post 591, as well as the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis Xavier Church. Blake began his career with the Seaside Fire Department as a Reserve in September 2006 and promoted to full-time firefighter in November of 2008. As a firefighter, Blake has become well involved with many of the department’s programs to include: CPR Instructor, Car Seat Installation Technician, Hazmat Specialist, EMS supply officer and EMS Liaison. Many of these programs require his time off-duty to attend meetings or to keep up his certification requirements. He was recently responsible for updating the department’s Quality Improvement policies with the County EMS agency. Blake also has experience with the department’s CAD system and radios from his experience working as a 911 dispatcher; this has also proven to be a valuable asset with troubleshooting and programming needs. Furthermore, Blake is qualified to bump-up and fill the department’s needs as a company officer (Captain), which proves his versatility in the department. Some of the qualities noted by his peers include; “he is a solid performer, does the right thing” and “he puts himself in the right place at the right time, very consistent”. Blake’s work ethic and commitment to the department has recently helped him promote to the rank of Engineer this past October. For these reasons, it is a pleasure to announce Engineer Blake Sardina as the 2018 Seaside Firefighter of the Year recipient.