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Michael Anthony Osornio Award

La Habra Police Department Officer Michael Osornio, 26, was fatally injured October 31, 1994, when a drunk driver ran a red light and smashed into his cruiser. The accident demolished his cruiser, leaving him pinned inside. Osornio succumbed to internal injuries an hour after the collision.

He became the first officer on the city's police force to be killed in the line of duty. The driver was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

" Osornio Award "

La Habra Police Department Officer Michael Osornio, 26, was fatally injured October 31, 1994, when a drunk driver ran a red light and smashed into his cruiser. The accident demolished his cruiser, leaving him pinned inside. Osornio succumbed to internal injuries an hour after the collision.

He became the first officer on the city's police force to be killed in the line of duty. The driver was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Born: May 4th, 1968 
Appointed: September 14th, 1992 
Entered Eternity: October 31st. 1994

After the death of Officer Michael Osornio a DUI Award was established. Each year, research is conducted by the department to determine which officer arrested the most alcohol or drug-impaired drivers during the calendar year. Officers are recognized for their efforts and hard work at the Orange County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) banquet each year. La Habra Police recipients are listed below.

Officer S. Highley

2017

Officer J. Cassidy

2016

Officer J. Sanchez

2015

Officer J. Sanchez

2014

Officer R. Rodriguez

2013

Officer J. Sanchez

2011-2012

Officer J. Sanchez

2011

Officer Wilson

2009-2010

Officer Hinderliter

2008

Officer Cooper

2003 - 2007

Corporal Crivelli

2000 - 2002