On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce (DJCC) hosted the 65th Annual Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year Gala. This award recognizes Dallas’ newest and finest police officers, in memory of Officer Johnny Sides, #337. In 1951, just twenty-one days after graduating the Dallas Police Academy, Officer Sides was fatally wounded by a band of criminals wanted for violent crimes in four states. Officer Sides was able to positively identify all four suspects before he died. This resulted in their capture and prosecution. Officer Sides was an inspirational officer and member of the DJCC. To honor his memory, the DJCC has awarded the Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year award since 1952.
The nominees for the 65th Annual Johnny Sides Rookie of the Year Award were Officer Juan Luis Delgado, Officer Fernando Garcia and Officer Gretchen Rocha.
Officer Juan Luis Delgado, #11036, works relentlessly in some of the toughest areas in the Northeast Patrol Division and has an outstanding work ethic.
Officer Fernando Garcia, #10908, earned the respect of his FTOs and fellow officers early on. He is hard-working, energetic, ready and willing to handle any situation thrown his way. The relationships he has built with community members and his ability to work hand in hand with the people in his beat has improved the quality of life for the citizens in the South Central Patrol Division.
Officer Gretchen Rocha, #10942, was injured during the July 7th attack last year. Despite her injuries, she had the strength and courage to drive one of her fallen brothers to the hospital. She did not let this tragedy deter her from finishing training and becoming a strong leader in the Southwest Patrol Division.
The winner of the Rookie of the Year Award was Officer Fernando Garcia. Congratulations! Thank you for your dedicated service.
The DJCC also presented a check to the Assist the Officer Foundation to help support injured officers, officers killed in the line of duty, and their families. The Dallas Police Department appreciates the support from the DJCC. Thank you.