By The Capistrano Dispatch

(From L to R) Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Harvey Boelts; San Juan Capistrano Deputy of the Year award recipient, Investigator Edward Manhart; and Lt. John Meyer, the city’s chief of police services. Courtesy photo

Several of San Juan Capistrano’s finest were recently honored for their service and dedication to public safety during the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge’s South Orange County Law Enforcement and Firefighter Appreciation Awards Dinner.

Investigator Edward Manhart was recognized as San Juan Capistrano Deputy of the year, Officer Steve Miles was recognized as California Highway Patrol Officer of the Year, and Capt. Craig Covey and reserve firefighter Frank Freer were both recognized as the Orange County Fire Authority Battalion 6 Firefighters of the Year.

More than 150 firefighters and law enforcement officials attended the event. They were joined by their family, eleven top police officials, seven top OFCA officials and the mayors of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo. Eighteen awards were presented to law enforcement and firefighter personnel representing nineteen south Orange County communities.

“All of the law enforcement and firefighters given award tonight would say that they were just doing their job. The rest of us know that putting your life on the line to serve and protect others is much more than just doing your job,” said Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler and San Juan Capistrano resident Harvey Boelts. “On behalf of the 923 members of this Elks Lodge, I say thank you.”

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