PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: DA Mike Ramos, Bureau of Investigation Chief Mike Smith and Senior Investigator Tom Boyles. Chief Smith reads from the certificate outlining Investigator Boyles' actions prior to the presentation of the medal.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- District Attorney Mike Ramos awarded the Medal of Valor to Senior Investigator Tom Boyles Friday for his actions following the December 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center.
The ceremony took place during an Annual District Attorney Training event at the Jesse Turner Community Center in Fontana.
According to District Attorney Mike Ramos, the Medal of Valor is awarded to a member of the Bureau of Investigation for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty.
“This is the first time in the history of the District Attorney’s office that an investigator has been awarded the Medal of Valor,” said Ramos.
In addition to a medallion (pictured above) inscribed with the name of the agency and the wording VALOR suspended on a ribbon to be worn around the neck, Boyles received a certificate outlining the actions that support the awarding of the medal. It read as follows:
On December 2, 2015, in the city of San Bernardino, California, two suspects armed with automatic weapons and improvised explosive devices, attacked and fired on county employees who were celebrating the upcoming holidays at the Inland Regional Center.Fourteen were killed and twenty two wounded.It was the deadliest terror attack to occur in the United States since September 11, 2001.
Senior Investigator Tom Boyles was working his plain clothes assignment with the San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force (SANCATT) when he learned of the attack.Tom reported to SANCATT headquarters where he received information, and instructions to canvass the area where the suspects in their vehicle were last seen.Tom and his partner officer began searching for the suspects when they heard a radio broadcast of an officer in pursuit.The suspects were shooting at the pursuing officer.The broadcasted location was unclear, but Tom, being familiar with the area, was able to locate the pursuing officer.The suspects stopped their vehicle and began firing automatic weapons at Tom and the responding officers.Tom alighted from his vehicle, advanced on the suspects and returned fire, along with others.The two suspects ceased firing.They were dead.
Therefore; Senior Investigator Thomas H. Boyles, a member of the District Attorney’s Bureau of investigation, is awarded the Medal of Valor for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty.
In addition to awarding the Medal of Valor, Ramos recognized 27 other members of the office for their actions in support of victims on December 2 and for their accomplishments in support of law enforcement’s efforts to apprehend those responsible for the terrorist attack.
The following members of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services were awarded plaques:
Traci Rediford, Victim Advocate II
Maria Rodriguez-Armas, Victim Advocate I
Patricia Lopez, Victim Advocate I
Yesica Cioli, Victim Advocate I (along with K9 Dozer)
Lucy Drake, Victim Advocate II
Claudia Coronado, Victim Advocate II
DJ Ross, Victim Advocate I (along with K9 Lupe)
Denise Hanes, Victim Advocate II
Janet Hulse, Supervising Victim Advocate
Flerida Alarcón, Bureau of Victim Services Chief
Award recipients from the Bureau of Victim Services pose with DA Mike Ramos following the ceremony.
The following Senior Investigators from the Bureau of Investigation were awarded plaques:
Award recipients from the Bureau of Investigation and members of the executive staff pose for a group photo.