Cooper Academy students thank Fresno Police Officer Martin with tunnel of cheers
It has been a busy week for Fresno police officer Conrado Martin, who left his job as a school resource officer at Cooper Academy to the accolades of students and staff, before he was promoted Friday to sergeant in a ceremony at Fresno City Hall.
Martin was among a number of officers whose hiring or promotions were noted by Mayor Lee Brand and Police Chief Jerry Dyer, but the chief took special note of a widely viewed video in which Martin is cheered and escorted by Cooper students on his last day.
“Conrado Martin is somebody that I truly love,” Dyer said. “And when I called him and said that I was going to promote him, it was pretty emotional ... very emotional.”
Born in Panama, Martin graduated from National University and lives in Fresno with his wife and five children. He served in the U.S. Army for 10 years before attending the Fresno City College Police Academy.
As a police officer, Martin served in special units that included crime suppression teams, the Street Violence Bureau and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.
He has also been awarded 57 commendations and an award from the state attorney general.
Other officers promoted to sergeant at the event were Jennifer Federico, Mike Stanford and Kevin Yambupah.
Lt. Mindy Casto was promoted to captain, and Sgt. Curtis Chastain of the department’s bomb disposal unit received special honors.