Every year the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce (DJCC) recognizes one rookie Dallas Police officer with the Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year award. The award is named in honor of Dallas Police officer Johnny Sides who was killed in the line of duty after being on the department only three months. Despite his short tenure, Officer Johnny Sides was an exceptional police officer and also a DJCC member. Officer Sides was admired for his dedication, leadership, and sacrifice. Officer Sides was fatally wounded when a group of four wanted criminals opened fire on him and his partner during a traffic stop. Officer Sides was able to positively identify all four suspects before he passed away on February 7, 1951, resulting in their capture and prosecution. Since 1952, the DJCC has honored extraordinary Dallas Police rookie officers every year with this award.
The 2016 Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year is officer J. Brandon Helms #10724 from the Central Business District. Since his graduation from the Dallas Police Academy on May 4, 2015, Officer Helms has distinguished himself as a highly motivated, resourceful and dependable officer. Congratulations Officer Helms!
Officer Kennetta Pate #10812 and Officer Kelly Kaltenbacher #10638 were also nominated for the award and the Dallas Police Department is incredibly proud of them for their hard work and service to the citizens of Dallas.
This year’s program included speaking appearances by former Navy Seal Clint Bruce, Assist the Officer Foundation President Frederick Frazier, and Interim Chief of Police David Pughes. The DJCC also proudly presented a check to the Assist the Officer Foundation for $5000 to help support injured officers, officers killed in the line of duty, and their families. The Dallas Police Department is so thankful to the DJCC for hosting this wonderful event and for their continued support of our officers. Thank you again!