Friday, November 4, 2011, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized two police officers from the Albuquerque Police Department for their efforts in potentially saving the life of a 16-year-old girl. This weeks Friday’s Heroes are Officers Shane Treadaway and Clarence Garcia.
Earlier this fall Officer Treadaway was sent to the home of a missing 16-year-old girl to meet with her parents. Officer Treadaway spoke to the family and they gave him information to aide him in his search for the girl. Officer Treadaway immediately made several phone calls on potential leads while at the house. Officer Treadaway found out that the girl was last seen with a 21-year-old man, he then tracked-down the man’s location. Officer Treadaway told the family that he would drive by the location to see if he could find anything.
Later that evening the girl was brought home by the parent of one of her friends and the family called to report her safe. Officer Garcia responded to the call and during his conversation with the girl he discovered that the girl had indeed been with the 21-year-old male. He also figured out that the male had provided drugs such as, methadone, marijuana and heroin. Officer Garcia then talked to the girl about the many life-threatening dangers of drugs. After the conversation Officer Garcia promptly issued an arrest warrant for the man. He was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.
Following this traumatic incident the girl’s parents sent a letter to the Albuquerque Police Department complimenting both officers for their great professionalism and integrity. The family also said that both officers truly represent the best of what the Albuquerque Police Department offers to the community.