Securitas Announces Its Security Officers of the Year for 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Securitas Security Services is pleased to announce that Security Officer Gerald Couture of Moncton, New Brunswick, CN and Senior District Safety Officer Andres Fernandez, Ventura, CA have been named Security Officers of the Year for 2012. They were recognized and received their awards at a ceremony held at the company’s headquarters in Parsippany, NJ on April 19, 2012.

Gerald Couture was honored as Security Officer of the Year for Heroism, an award that recognizes the courage, self-sacrifice and professionalism of an officer to help protect people or property. While on duty at a hospital site, Couture responded to an emergency call and found a patient in the midst of committing suicide by hanging himself. He immediately took control of the situation and rescued the patient by cutting his restraints and starting CPR. The patient survived due to his quick thinking and exemplary life-saving actions. Site Supervisor Steven McIntyre said, “Gerald has become a shining example of what Securitas represents – his integrity, vigilance and willingness to help those in need is always appreciated, but in this particular case, it led to saving someone’s life.”

Andres Fernandez received the Security Officer of the Year for Performance award for providing excellent service and outstanding job performance. As a District Safety Officer, Fernandez acts as an ambassador to visitors in the Oxnard, CA Central Business District. He has shown exceptional skill in identifying crimes in progress and subjects who are “driving under the influence.”

In the past year, he has worked closely with the local police department and has led officers to six separate confirmed DUI arrests based on his observations and diligence. In addition, because of his vigilance, he has been involved in an additional 24 incidents which have resulted in 28 subjects being taken into custody for criminal actions. “Officer Fernandez exemplifies the core values of Securitas and has consistently provided excellent service and outstanding performance. Our company is strengthened by his service and dedication,” added Branch Manager Martin Scherer.