The Beaumont Police Department held its annual awards banquet Thursday night honoring the brave men and women in uniform along with the people in the community who make a difference.
Officer of the year was awarded to Detective Aaron Lewallen. Rookie of the year was awarded to Officer Matthew Roberts. Numerous other officers were honored for their role in combatting criminals in life and death situations.
At the end of the ceremony, the department remembered Officer Bryan Hebert who was killed in the line of duty in July of last year.
The Beaumont Police Department awarded 12 News with the 2012 Media Award. 12 News HD Reporter Ellie Cano, and Executive Producer Vanessa Holmes strive to find loving homes for pets who are housed at the departments shelter, Beaumont Animal Services.