Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher, Lt. Darren Simmons, Deputy Roxanne Meyer or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427

9:00 AM, April 25, 2013

Sheriff's Office Annual Awards

Location of Incident: Yuma, AZ

On Friday, April 19, 2013, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office held its 26th Annual Awards Presentation and Recognition Ceremony at Britain’s Farm Chuckwagon & Steakhouse. Over 200 employees, volunteers, family, and friends attended the event.

During the awards presentation, several officers, civilian employees, and volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service to the Sheriff’s Office and community during 2012. The list of award recipients is as follows:


  • Robert Vigil, Employee of the Year
  • Pete Sanchez, Esprit de Corps Award
  • Kristi Wyatt, Special Merit Award


  • Jonathan Rodriguez, Custody Staff Member of the Year
  • Miguel Covarrubias, Support Staff Member of the Year
  • Korina McDowell, Esprit de Corps Award
  • David Castañon, Special Merit Award
  • Tiffany Murray, Innovator of the Year Award
  • Michael Atondo, Professional of the Year Award - Rookie
  • Esteban Caudillo, Professional of the Year Award - Veteran


  • Michelle Pilakowski, Officer of the Year
  • Frank Flores, Esprit de Corps Award
  • Christopher Ashby, Special Merit Award
  • Gabriel Bier, Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Eric Frost, Meritorious Service Award
  • David Vazquez, Rookie of the Year Award


  • Ralph & Anne Taylor, Volunteers of the Year
  • Elsie Mejia, Explorer of the Year
  • Wayne Fagin, Posse Member of the Year
  • Dennis Knight, Search and Rescue Member of the Year

Also recognized during this event were Martin and Myrtle McBee for their 47 years of dedicated service to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Team. Sheriff Wilmot awarded the McBee’s the designation of “Life Member” of the YCSO SAR.

On behalf of Sheriff Leon Wilmot and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, we wish to express our sincere appreciation to the following for their generous donations for our annual awards event:

Bill & Lois Britain, A Man Cave, Ah-So Sushi & Steak, Bill Alexander Ford, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Cocopah Casino, Food City/Tom Giver, Manager, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC, Bob Kammann, Jiffy Lube, Outback Steakhouse, Quechan Casino Resort, Red Lobster, Reddy Ice, Soft Cloth Car Wash, Sprague’s Sports, Texas Roadhouse, Yuma Landing Restaurant & the Peach Family.

Their donations helped make this an unforgettable night of fun, food and camaraderie for everyone in attendance. Thank you for your continued support.