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Securitas North America Security Officer of the Year
Each year, Securitas North America recognizes one security officer for heroism, and one security officer for outstanding performance. The winners are chosen based on nominations from their colleagues and managers, and are featured in Excellence in Service magazine. Each winner receives a substantial check and plaque for being selected as the Officer of the Year.

Harry Bell

Olalekan “Felix” Olatundun

2016 Security Officer of the Year for Heroism

This award recognizes a security officer who demonstrates courage, daring, professionalism and self-sacrifice while helping to protect people or property. The 2016 award winner is Olalekan "Felix" Olatundun from Winnipeg, Canada. 

Read about Olalekan's true act of Heroism

Harry BellJamon Barfield

2016 Security Officer of the Year for Performance

Jamon Barfield of the Silicon Valley branch of the Healthcare Region was recognized for consistently providing excellent service and his willingness to lead. He is currently assigned to a healthcare site in the Silicon Valley area of California. 

Read about Jamon's dedication and vigilance.

 

Service Notes

Our officers play a key part in providing the peace of mind that allows people, organizations and communities to prosper. Through actions, big and small, every day, and combining expertise in security with a passion for service, our team can make a difference. 

Security Team

Northeast Region

Officer Pedro Velez, who serves as a Security Operations Center (SOC) Console Operator for Santander Bank, was having lunch when a woman reported her colleague was having a seizure and was unconscious in their office area. SOC Operator Emerla Marc immediately called 911 and requested that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) be dispatched to the scene. Without a moment’s hesitation Officer Velez, joined by Securitas USA building security staff Brandon Acoff, Kiley O’Donnell and Martin Bodden, reported to the scene of the medical emergency.

Upon arrival they found an unconscious male employee slumped in his chair. Velez and O’Donnell, immediately recognizing that the victim had no pulse and was not breathing, called 911. At the direction of the 911 dispatcher, Velez moved the victim to the floor and began to administer chest compressions until EMS arrived and took over. Once EMS workers were able to re-establish a heartbeat, they transported the individual to a local hospital.

The general consensus of all involved with the incident was that the actions of Officer Velez were paramount in helping to save the life of a person experiencing a major heart attack. Velez was presented with a Letter of Commendation from Securitas USA Northeast Region President Richard K. Avery, CPP. The actions of Velez were not only instrumental in saving a person’s life, but also in demonstrating how to act during times of critical need.