Alan Barcelona, president of the California State Law Enforcement Association and a member of the Medal of Valor Review Board, also extended his praise.
“Officer Pesquera demonstrated an extreme amount of valor and courage,” Barcelona said in a written statement. “What he experienced August 22, 2014, as a recent academy graduate and new to the job at SBPD, would shake up the most veteran of officers. He was under fire, his training officer was down and he relied on his courage and training to quickly put an end to the suspect’s assault. He is deserving of California’s highest public safety award.”