Law enforcement personnel and others from Los Alamitos, Westminster and other cities throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County were recognized on June 28 for their efforts to solve crimes and bring assistance to crime victims. Two individuals from Los Alamitos and one from Westminster were included in the recognition of 17 award recipients at the Crime Survivors Hopeful Healing Gratitude Luncheon held on June 28.
Crime Survivors, Inc. was created by Patricia Wenskunas, in 2003 after she was a victim of an attempted murder. She spent her life savings to start the organization, with the goal to provide help to those who are survivors of violent crimes in their efforts to recover mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.
Los Alamitos resident and realtor, Brian Gorman, was presented with the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award. His efforts to save a victim of a DUI traffic collision were deemed worthy of recognition.
“It’s been said that extraordinary people are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things,” said Dominic Montalbano, Retired Sergeant, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and MC for the event. “Brian Gorman certainly fits that description.”
Gorman was a passerby at a head-on traffic collision on August 19, 2016 on Los Alamitos Blvd. The victim, a woman in her 70s, was seriously injured. Gorman comforted the victim and her daughter, assisting the driver when pain and panic set in. The extent of her injuries was much worse than initially determined and she later died at a local trauma center.
Gorman’s efforts after the accident are not the only service he provides in Los Alamitos.
“He has been a Board member for both Casa Youth Shelter and the Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce,” said Montalbano. “He has served as president of the Los Alamitos Youth Baseball League for four years and was instrumental in bringing the Pony Baseball World Series to Los Alamitos.”
Gorman had also been honored by the Los Alamitos Police Department and Chamber of Commerce earlier this year at the annual Police Appreciation Luncheon.
The second local recipient was Rebecca Benudiz, Police Aid, Los Alamitos Police Department. Benudiz was unable to attend the ceremony.
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