A tradition for more than two decades, Law and Order night will honor Officers of the Year from various local agencies: the Tracy Police and Fire departments; San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office; the Defense Distribution Center’s police and fire; Deuel Vocational Institution; and the California Highway Patrol.
“Next to the military, these are the only defense we have around here,” said Post Commander John Treantos. “They need to be recognized.”
After the supervisors of each of the agencies address the gathering about their award-winning officers and firefighters, members of the American Legion will select one officer and one firefighter to represent them as the South San Joaquin County Officer of the Year. The winners will go on to compete at a statewide competition.
Ornellas, who is running to represent the state’s 5th Senate District will also address the crowd gathered at the local American Legion Hall. He now represents the 5th Supervisorial District, which covers portions of southern San Joaquin County, including Tracy and Mountain House.
Born and raised in Tracy, Ornellas continues to operate his family’s dairy business, which was established in the 1930s.
In addition to serving various posts as an agricultural advocate, Ornellas was elected to the board of supervisors in November 2002 and served as chair in 2004 and 2009. He also sits on several boards and commissions affecting the Central Valley, including the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, Air Pollution Control District and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital board of directors.
The Law and Order night will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and honoree presentations at 8. Tickets are $10 per person and available at the door.
At a glance
• WHAT: Law and Order Night
• WHEN: 6 p.m. Feb. 11
• WHERE: American Legion Post 172, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd.
• INFO: 832-8330.