2005 OCLEEAA Summer Academy

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The Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2005 Summer Explorer Academy at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Center in Los Alamitos, California, from August 1st through August 4th. The Explorer Academy simulates an abbreviated basic law enforcement academy. Seventy four explorers, from throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties, began the academy; 72 successfully graduated. Orange County Sheriff's Department Explorer Post 449 was strongly represented and proudly saw 17 explorers graduate at the Los Alamitos Base Theater on August 4th. We would like to congratulate the following explorers from Post 449 for a very impressive showing:

Most Inspirational (Voted on by fellow explorers):

  • Jacqueline Branson


  • Jacqueline Branson – 4th place.

Male Physical:

  • Eric Gonzalez – 5th place.

We would like to recognize the following Sheriff's Explorers for completing the 2005 OCLEEA Explorer Summer Academy.

  • Jacqueline Branson
  • Zach Kamel
  • Jessi Soto
  • Robert Parks
  • Matthew Padilla
  • Francisco Aponte
  • Luis Avila
  • Elizabeth Castillo
  • Blake Basas
  • John Masters
  • Ebba Dossland
  • Andy Lyons
  • Rosy Martinez
  • Edward Kwak
  • Christopher Salazar
  • Nick Rotherham
  • Eric Gonzles

Explorer Post 449 would like to thank Deputy Bill Simandl (Theo Lacy Facility), who was the Director of the Academy, Dispatch Supervisor Karen Daly (ECB) who was one of the Assistant Directors, Deputy Sherri Gilman (James A. Musick Facility) and Deputy Anton Pereyra (Intake Release Center) who mentored, trained and monitored the explorers in their role as Explorer Academy Tactical Officers, and Explorers Mike Grijalva, Carlos Ortiz, Yanira Rojo, Natalie Garcia, Alison Tornow and Jessica Ortega for assisting the Tactical Officers at the academy.

OCSD Helicopter and PilotsExplorer Post 449 would also like to thank Deputy Jim Hoffman and his K-9 Zappa for the excellent demonstration and training at the academy and Sheriff's helicopter Pilots Deputy Santos Garcia and Deputy Mark Northart for landing one the Sheriff's helicopter's at the base for the explorers to observe and talk to the pilots. Explorer Post 449 would like to thank the following Sheriff's personnel for their assistance with staffing, funding, training and equipment needed for the Academy:

  • Assistant Sheriff Peter Gannon - Operations
  • Captain Bob Blackburn - South Operations
  • Captain Christine Murray - North Operations
  • Captain Dennis DeMaio - Airport Operations Division
  • Lieutenant Ron White - Explorer Director and Chief of Police Services/RSM
  • Lieutenant James Lazzaro, Sergeant Kirk Antes and
  • Senior CST Joshua Santiago - Transportation Bureau
  • Lieutenant Mark Levy and Sergeant Manny Pacheco - Airport Operations Division
  • Senior Office Supervisor Sandy Trujillo - South Operations
  • Patrol Office Supervisor Carol Rinderknecht - South Operations
  • Buyer II Machi Kyriakidis - Purchasing - Financial/Administrative Services