After some failed attempts to introduce evidence crucial to the case Totten said Elliott, “With a twinkle in his eye turned to the judge,” and opened the way for Totten’s case to proceed towards conviction.
Elliott has served more than 40 years with the Oxnard PD and training reserves, the latter “his passion.”
“When I think of Don, when I think of these officers,” Totten said it reminds him of a remark made by then New York Police Commission President Theodore Roosevelt.
“It’s not the critic that counts,” but rather credit should always be given to the “man in the arena” who strives valiantly.
And, quoted Totten, “If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Oxnard Chief Jeri Williams and Asst. Chief Jason Benites presented the recognition to Elliott.
Benites noted Elliott, “Is a man who has been a part of every person in the room,” through training and mentoring generations of reserves, as well as “contributing greatly to every law enforcement agency,” through his devotion and “tenacity” to the program.
Elliott is still an “official volunteer” who joined the OPD in 1969, has trained more than 3,000 reserves since 1982 and “Been the glue that held the program together.”
“Thank you for being a mentor, advisor, confidant and friend,” wrote Bryan MacDonald, the retired OPD assistant chief and now an Oxnard Councilman.
Chief Williams presented a plaque to Elliott, noting, “The success of the nationally recognized reserve officer program is attributable,” to his efforts and devotion.
Elliott also received recognitions from Tallent and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors presented by Councilman Hernandez.
“I’m so humbled to have this honor, it’s unbelievable” said Elliott, flanked by his wife Karen and daughter Cynthia.
“I’m not the one that did all this,” but rather those he trained, said Elliott, “The epitome of what a Reserve Officer should be.”
Reserve Officers honored by their agencies were: Ventura County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Kevin Merchant, presented by Captain Cory Rubright;
Simi Valley Police Reserve Officer Rob DiNonno presented by Chief Mitch McCann; Oxnard Police Reserve Officer Randy White presented by Chief Jeri Williams; Port Hueneme Police Reserve Officer Henry Montelongo presented by Chief Bob Gager; and SPPD Reserve Sgt. Mike Levy presented by Chief Steve McLean.
Tallent thanked his “real accomplished team of volunteers,” and his committee, Sr. Reserve Officer Susan Green, Sr. Reserve Officer Dave Curran and his wife, Melanie Curran and SPPD Cadet and volunteer Martha Brown.