Service Member of the Year Contest Winners
2018 - Voting will start in january 2019
Now accepting submissions for 2018
2017 - Armando Aviles
Armando Aviles Story
Last year my daughter ran away from home and I was told that she was in extreme danger, because the guys she had been hanging out with used drugs and frequented pimps. I had just met Officer Aviles, through a mentoring program he has, so I went to him for help. Aviles had worked eight hours that day, and was with the kids for four hours after work, but without hesitation, told me to wait until he's done with the kids. He stood out with me until around two in the morning, he went to strategic locations, leaving the word that he will continue to look for that girl, and if whoever was with her, didn't want any problems, then they should advise her to go home. He told this to all his street contacts. We didn't find her, but by morning, she contacted Aviles. No one wanted her near them, they didn't want any problems, so they sent her home. Ever since then, he has been her mentor, who she loves and respects. She is now, looking forward to being an officer, but will first join the guard to serve our country. I'm very grateful to him. He also has nearly one hundred kids he mentors, of Explorer Post 183. He created a basketball tournament, where the kids play against officers to build a bridge between community and law enforcement. Most of these kids hated police officers, now they play with them and want to be like them. My daughter was brainwashed by so called friends and disliked them too. His track team runs marathons, they ran in honor of Harry Ramos, a well-known hero from Newark, NJ. His kids participate in all parades of different races and cultures. There's so much this man does, that I can't list it all. He has also helped with the collection of donations for Puerto Rico, in which they were able to fill four trailers. He also, gives backpacks and supplies, free Halloween costumes, Christmas gifts, three kings day gift...This man is a blessing, an angel in our community.