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Sgt. Roberta Radosevich

Sergeant Roberta Radosevich, of the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety, honored with Heroes’ award.

Public-safety heroes named from Corrales, Rio Rancho for Salute to Heroes Week 2006

Barbara Kline Hammond, manager of The Day Spa at Serenity Gardens, announced that public-safety personnel from Sandoval County were designated “Hero 2006” for the Fourth Annual Salute to Heroes Week, which Hammond organizes in memory of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. This year’s heroes are Sergeant Roberta Radosevich, of the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety, and Chief Anthony Martinez, of the Corrales Fire Department, with Rio Rancho firefighter Michael Legendre receiving an honorable mention.

Radosevich, who started her law enforcement career in 1989 and has been working for the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety for the last sixteen years, has dedicated her career to serving and protecting those who cannot help themselves—especially victims of domestic violence. She has organized multiple domestic-violence conferences for the City of Rio Rancho and has been an investigator for the city’s Domestic Violence Reduction Team.

Most recently, Radosevich served as Sandoval County’s domestic-violence coordinated community response coordinator, taking an active role to make marked improvements in Sandoval County and Rio Rancho’s response to domestic violence and teaching a domestic-violence class for Rio Rancho’s Citizens Public Safety Academy. This past spring she coordinated a community initiative to benefit Haven House, Sandoval County’s only domestic violence shelter provider. The initiative, called Run for Shelter, was a motorcycle run to publicize the effects of domestic violence on our community.

Chief Martinez became a Corrales Fire Department volunteer at the age of sixteen, joined the paid staff six years later, and became chief in 2003. He has grown the force from two to seven paid staff, with fifteen volunteers. He works tirelessly to obtain funding for his citizen-based fire department, and is vice chair of the Sandoval County Regional Communications Board.

During this difficult year of both drought and flood, Martinez worked tirelessly to keep Corrales safe. His activities included organizing daily patrols of the Bosque at the height of the fire danger and developing evacuation plans for both people and animals during the flooding. When the floods came, Martinez worked with emergency services, spending many hours personally pumping water out of flooded areas, filling sandbags, and patrolling roads.

Firefighter Legendre was nominated by seventy-seven Rio Rancho schoolchildren, who submitted depictions of heroic fire rescues in crayon and ink.

“We received nominations this year from Albuquerque, Corrales, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, and Rio Rancho,” Hammond said. “It was a privilege to review these wonderful stories of heroism and kindness.”

Heroes Week, September 11-17, is an annual event sponsored by the Day Spa at Serenity Gardens to honor law-enforcement and fire-department personnel in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties. The winners will be honored at a high tea and fashion show sponsored by Resources, Inc., on Saturday, October 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, on Lomas Boulevard Northeast and I-25. Proceeds from the event will be used for Resources programs, which assist victims of domestic violence.

In addition, Hammond will donate a portion of proceeds the Day Spa received during Heroes Week to a charity selected by each winner.

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