Reserve Policeman Dean Quick

This rare photo of the old reserve policeman badge was posted by retired Sergeant Peter Harris in the Vintage LAPD Facebook group (, featuring Ronald “Dean” Quick, who in 1974 became the first reserve to be awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor. Reserve Officer Mel Kennedy found a Los Angeles Times article that reported on Quick’s heroism: “Quick (a barbershop owner) — on his first tour of duty as a policeman — dashed across traffic on the San Diego Freeway to pull a semi-conscious motorist from a burning auto.” (Excerpt from “LAPD Reserve Corps: 70+ Years of Protecting and Serving,” The Rotator, Winter 2019, page 1.)