2007 Awards

Deputy Mark Haselton2007 Deputy of the Year – Deputy Mark Haselton

Every year, the Rancho Santa Margarita deputies select one of their peers to receive the title “Deputy of the Year”. This honor is especially gratifying to the Deputy because it is peer review at its finest, and represents the dedication, professionalism, and body of work for an entire year. This year that honor was bestowed on Deputy Mark Haselton.

Deputy Haselton began his law enforcement career in 1986 and worked in the Men’s Central Jail until 1993 when he was assigned to his first “street” assignment in the City of Laguna Niguel. He was assigned as a Traffic Deputy the same year and quickly developed a taste for traffic enforcement. In 1996, he was selected to join the Major Accident Reconstruction Team, a group of highly trained officers who respond to complex collision accidents.

In 1997, Deputy Haselton was selected to be a Motor Officer and became a Motor Instructor in 2000. In 2002, he was assigned as the sole Motor Officer in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita and has continued in that position since then. Deputy Haselton is known and respected among all the Deputies for his integrity and work ethic. He is frequently seen working overtime in the City on his weekends on special enforcement assignments.

Deputy Haselton’s traffic knowledge and expertise has unarguably made him the “go to guy” for all things traffic related in the City. He confers with the City’s Traffic Engineer and makes change recommendations for traffic safety, assists other Deputies with traffic collision investigations, meets with school administrators concerning their traffic issues, and provides a daily motorcycle presence in the City. If there is one person who personifies traffic enforcement in Rancho Santa Margarita, it is Deputy Mark Haselton.

Deputy Haselton was presented with a Certificate of Commendation for his outstanding efforts on behalf of the residents and guests of the City of Rancho Santa Margarita at the City Council meeting on January 9, 2008. Congratulations to Rancho Santa Margarita's 2007 Deputy of the Year, Deputy Mark Haselton.

2007 MADD Deuce Award – Deputy John Barbour

Every year, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) acknowledges law enforcement officers or deputies who have cited 25 DUI (Driving Under the Influence) arrests or more during a calendar year with a very special award called the “Deuce Award.”

In 2007, Rancho Santa Margarita Deputy John Barbour was the recipient of the MADD Deuce Award for issuing 26 DUI arrests during the year. Deputy Barbour was presented with the Deuce Award at the February 13, 2008 City Council meeting by MADD
Orange County Victim Advocate Sharry Graham. Deputy Barbour is committed to making the streets of Rancho Santa Margarita a safe place to drive.

Congratulations to Deputy John Barbour for his diligent efforts!

Deputy David Lee2007 Medal for Lifesaving – Deputy David Lee

Rancho Santa Margarita Deputy David Lee and Dana Point Deputy Craig Nelson, working an overtime shift, were on patrol in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita just after midnight on Thursday, January 4, 2007. They responded to a call of a 17-year old female not breathing.

Upon arrival, the deputies were led inside by the victim’s mother. They found the victim lying on a couch and not breathing. The victim’s father had attempted Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); but the victim had vomited and was not responsive. Deputy Lee had the father help him move the young woman to the floor and began rescue breathing as Deputy Nelson deployed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to monitor her heartbeat. They continued rescue breathing until Orange County Fire Authority personnel arrived. The Paramedics continued CPR, administered a shock from the AED, and transported the victim to the hospital.

The victim, who suffered from cancer, regained a pulse and heartbeat and lived for several hours before succumbing to her illness. The quick response and lifesaving actions of Deputies Lee and Nelson stabilized the young victim’s vital signs so that she could be treated at the hospital, allowing her family to spend time with her before she succumbed to her illness.

Deputies Lee and Nelson are to be commended for their actions which demonstrate the high level of excellence and tradition of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

2007 Medal for Lifesaving – Deputy John McCulloch

In the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, Deputy John McCulloch was working the night shift on Sunday, July 8, 2007. It was shortly before midnight when area units were dispatched to a man not breathing call. Although not assigned to the call, Deputy McCulloch responded immediately and was the first on scene.

Deputy McCulloch found a 68-year-old man lying on the floor with his 16-year old grandson sitting next to him. The grandson and his grandfather had been talking when the grandfather collapsed and hit his head on the floor. Deputy McCulloch discovered that the man was not breathing, had no pulse, and had a small cut on his forehead. He quickly began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and continued for several minutes until Orange County Fire Authority personnel arrived. The victim was successfully revived and taken to the hospital for further treatment. He survived four more days before succumbing to coronary disease.

Deputy McCulloch’s timely efforts saved the victim’s life and gave his family additional time to be with him before his passing. Deputy McCulloch is to be commended for his actions which demonstrate the high level of excellence and tradition of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.