ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Three Albuquerque police officers were honored Monday for going above and beyond the call of duty. They never expected any recognition but received a prestigious award — the first in Albuquerque.
Officer Haugh bought two brand new bicycles for two kids who had their bikes stolen.
Detective Tomas Nadas went to McDonald’s to buy 20 meals for the homeless when power at the shelter went out.
Officer Ladio Canales bought groceries for a single mom who was panhandling.
All used their own money, and all were awarded the Bill Daniels True Blue Award, presented by the Daniels Fund, a $1.4 billion private charitable foundation started by cable TV pioneer Bill Daniels.
“Bill Daniels indeed had connections to New Mexico. He grew up here as a teenager and then went to New Mexico Military Institute, and I think Bill would be proud that we’re in New Mexico number one and I think, number two, he had so much respect for the work people in law enforcement do, day in and day out,” said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.
The officers were humbled.
“I don’t know why they picked us. I can tell you about 20 names right now who’d do the same thing, or maybe more,” Detective Nadas said.
Officer Paul Haugh said, “For us, we’re just the ones that happen to get caught, I guess, for lack of a better term.”
“All three of them really have a servant’s heart and when they’re out working, they’re working to make sure our community is not only safe, but as you can tell, that the needs of our community are taken care of,” said Chief Gorden Eden.
Bill Daniels died in 2000, but his philanthropy lives on concentrating on New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.