To show its appreciation to the greater Colorado Springs first-responder community, the members of The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs convened their annual meeting Tuesday to recognize three officers from the Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
This year’s event took place at the Penrose House Pavilion and marks the 20th annual awards recognition ceremony.
The Hundred Club was established in 1994 to provide financial assistance to the spouses, children and parents of first responders in Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the state of Colorado who lost their lives in the line of duty, and to recognize outstanding performance by those dedicated to maintaining public safety.
This year’s honorees are:
Deputy Edward Kafel
Kafel has been with the sheriff’s office 12 years. To date, Kafel has helped train more than 610 recruits and has acquired approximately 45 certifications that he leverages to advance training curriculum. In 2010, Kafel was selected as chairman of the Peace Officers Standards and Training Firearms Subject Matter Expert Committee. His training practices and lesson plans have been adopted for use by law enforcement agencies and academies throughout Colorado.
Lieutenant Mark Romero
Romero has worked for the fire department since May 1993 and has filled a variety of positions throughout his career. After working five years as a firefighter, Romero attended paramedic school. He worked through 13 months of training and was promoted to firefighter paramedic in 1999. As a paramedic, Romero mentored others; helping them to develop and enhance their medical service delivery. Romero was promoted to lieutenant in April 2013. For many years, Romero has been a principle instructor in the department’s Do the Right Thing program, which educates high school juniors and seniors about the negative effects of drinking and driving.
Sergeant Andrew “Andy” James
James began his career with the police department in October 1985. James worked as an undercover detective and was responsible for seizing large quantities of illegal narcotics, money and guns. James has received many awards, including a Distinguished Service Award, two Department Commendations, three Written Commendations, 20 Commander’s Commendations, two Leadership Awards, one Teller County Sheriff’s Commendation, one award from the Order of the Purple Heart, three Certificates of Appreciation, numerous letters of appreciation and was Officer of the Year in 1993.