Elementary school bids fond farewell to dedicated Aliso Viejo deputy

Oak Grove Elementary School is bidding a fond farewell to a longtime Aliso Viejo deputy who became a friend and mentor to students and staff alike.Orange County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Gil Torrez was recently promoted to sergeant and will work at the Theo Lacy Jail after serving this community since 2004. As part of Aliso Viejo Police Services’ “Adopt-a-School” program, Deputy Torrez spent a lot of time at Oak Grove ensuring the students, staff and motorists stay safe.

“Aliso Viejo Police Services is very supportive of schools and goes a step beyond by assigning an officer to each school,” said Principal Jill O’Connell-Bogle. “Over the past year and a half, Oak Grove has been very fortunate to work with Deputy Torrez who is absolutely amazing. I am excited for his promotion but sad to see him go. ”

Deputy Torrez is a 19-year sheriff’s veteran who was recognized as Aliso Viejo Deputy of the Year in 2011. He earned the department’s Medal of Lifesaving for saving the life of a child who nearly drowned.  His public service began in 1990 when he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served his country until 1994.

On Tuesday, Principal O’Connell-Bogle notified parents of the deputy’s departure.

“If you see Deputy Torrez on campus, please wish him well and thank him for his service in helping to keep Oak Grove and the City of Aliso Viejo safe,” she said.

 

 

 

 

Posted in 2015, eNews, News, Top-Stories.