Peoria Police Officer, Firefighter Win 100 Club Award
For the first time, two public safety members from one city have won the 100 Club’s highest honor. Officer Brandon Sheffert has been named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Engineer Stephen Gunn has been named Firefighter of the Year.
Officer Sheffert is being recognized for 100 Club’s Officer of the Year award for his strong dedication and commitment to not only his role as a Public Information Officer, but also as a police officer who remains a backup field training officer, and routinely fills in shifts. Despite his specialty assignment, he regularly takes enforcement action when he sees unsafe driving behavior and other illegal activity. He has also elevated the police department’s presence on social media by adding platforms and generating content on a regular basis to attract followers and keep them engaged and informed.
Officer Sheffert was recently featured locally and nationally for mentoring a local teen dealing with a variety of family and social issues. He took this teen into his home, treating him as one of his own children, providing a safe, nurturing home environment.
Engineer Gunn received the award for an act of heroism during a firefight in April 2016. Stephen Gunn and his crew responded to a house fire near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road. The first unit on scene, Peoria Fire Engine 193, found a house fully engulfed in flames. The report from Phoenix Fire dispatch was that people were trapped.
Firefighter Gunn, the first boots on the ground and firefighter nearest to the home, headed into the fire. For nearly 40 seconds, firefighter Gunn worked inside the blaze, helmet melting, turnouts blackening and skin burning. Finally, right before the room flashed, he was able to pass the victim to the waiting hands of his captain. He was treated for his burns at the Arizona Burn Center and was back on his next shift.
In addition to this award from the 100 Club, Gunn was awarded the National Medal of Valor and was named United Arizona Firefighter of the Year.