On 27 February, García took heroic motion and assisted a Visalia police officer within the arrest of a suspect who precipitated disturbances within the Visalia Mall. For his fast pondering, García was awarded a Meritorious Award from his firm and the Visalia Police Division. The ceremony befell on the Visalia Mall meals court docket subsequent to foot locker, a shoe retailer, the place the opening scene unfolded.
Mall safety director Mark Hopkins mentioned it was late within the afternoon when the Visalia mall safety workforce acquired a name from a shoe retailer. He reported a topic who was behaving surprisingly and tried to interrupt into the inventory room of the shop. Safety officers had been despatched to carry the scenario underneath management however they had been discovered unable to take action.
“He was fairly a terrific gentleman,” Hopkins described. “He was very aggressive with them.”
The Visalia Police Division was approached for help, however their efforts to remove the case had been met with non-compliance. It shortly grew to become loud and harmful as mall safety cleared the shop for workers and shoppers. The Visalia police officer tried to safe the topic however the topic was uncooperative and the 2 had a bodily battle till they ended up on the bottom. Garcia made a judgment name and took the initiative by stepping in to assist the officer with the assault. He was in a position to handcuff the topic earlier than extra officers arrived.
“It is fairly an fascinating place to work,” Hopkins mentioned of Visalia Mall. “We are sometimes tasked right here with issues that aren’t within the norm. This isn’t the primary time [Garcia has] Had to assist.”
“Safety Officer Garcia went above and past. He noticed a scenario the place somebody wanted assist and did what he thought was proper,” mentioned Rick Feder, basic supervisor of Visalia Mall.
Lieutenant Kevin Kroez of the Visalia Police Division attended the ceremony, expressing gratitude: “It was a terrific alternative to say thanks to Lewis for his assist.”
The meritorious award was introduced to Garcia on June 14 at 8:30 am.
“He was humbled to obtain the award,” Hopkins mentioned. “He felt like he was simply doing his job, as a result of serving to individuals is what he likes to do.”