SHERIFF’S DEPUTY NAMED STATE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

SHERIFF’S DEPUTY NAMED STATE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

A Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy has been named Officer of the Year by the New Mexico Sheriff’s and Police Association.

Deputy David Testa received the honor at the 67th Annual Conference of the New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association on April 12 in Ruidoso. Sheriff Juan Hernandez recommended Testa for the award.

“[Testa] possesses an above-average knowledge of his profession and consistently represents this department in a professional manner,” Hernandez said.

Among Testa’s “qualities of a fine law enforcement officer,” Hernandez noted two life-saving incidents in 2002 that make Testa a deserving recipient. Testa performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on two separate occasions until ambulance crews were able to take over and transport the victims to local hospitals.

Before his career in civil law enforcement, Testa served in the U.S. Army for 12 years as a military police officer. Upon discharge, he served in the Harker Heights (Texas) Police Department until early 2001, when he joined the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

Since coming on board with Doña Ana County, Testa also has been awarded Officer of the Quarter, the Life Saving Award and Officer of the Year by the Sons of the American Revolution.

For more information, call Grant A. Taylor, assistant to the director of public information, at (505) 647-7290. Anyone calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7290.