Thompson Announces Lake County Public Safety Heroes

Press Release


Lake County – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) announced Clearlake Police Officer Daniel Eagle and Northshore Fire Protection Captain Chrissy Valadez as the Lake County Public Safety Heroes. Each year, Thompson honors law enforcement officers and first responders in our community who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Thompson Announces Lake County Public Safety Heroes

“Our first responders and law enforcement are the first line of defense for our communities and work to keep us safe. Our district is home to outstanding public safety officials who go above and beyond in their service, and I am proud to recognize them each year as Public Safety Heroes,” said Thompson. “Officer Eagle is an example of what it means to keep our community safe, and through his work in traffic enforcement and investigations, he has made Lake County a better place. Captain Valadez goes above and beyond to serve our community in Lake County through trainings on the opioid crisis, the dangers of drunk driving, CPR education, and EMS services to high school students. Officer Eagle and Captain Valadez are outstanding individuals who are dedicated to serving Lake County, and I am proud to recognize their commitment to service.”

Mr. Eagle was born in Clearlake, California, and grew up in Lake County, California, graduating from Middletown High School in 2013. Mr. Eagle attended college in New Mexico where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management. From an early age, Mr. Eagle had the desire to become a police officer and to help our community. Today, at the Clearlake Police Department, Mr. Eagle serves as a police officer, field training officer, and canine handler. Mr. Eagle has been with his canine partner, Zeus, for several years now. Mr. Eagle is also the president of the Police Officer Association and enjoys working with local leaders on community improvement projects. Mr. Eagle has a passion for traffic enforcement and investigations. This includes infractions such as driving under the influence (DUI), stolen vehicles, and traffic collisions. Mr. Eagle has conducted numerous DUI investigations which resulted in the prosecution of over 25 DUI arrests. For his selfless work, Mr. Eagle received an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2023. Mr. Eagle was also presented with the Law Enforcement and Prosecution Recognition award. Mr. Eagle’s dedication to our community continues as he strives to address traffic related issues within the city of Clearlake, making it a safer place to live, work, and visit.

Chrissy Valadez began her career in 2003 with Lucerne Fire Department which consolidated and formed Northshore Fire Protection District in 2006. She has served as Northshore Fire Protection District’s EMS Liaison since 2007. She is also a part of the Lake County Emergency Medical Care Committee and has been a Field Training Officer precepting paramedic interns since 2008. Having worked for nearly 21 years in Lake County, she has assisted in many of the major wildfires, including the 2018 Ranch Fire that devastated our community. Ms. Valadez teaches CPR to a wide range of community members including high school students and school staff. She’s also been educating community and tribal organizations on Narcan administration, tackling the opioid crisis head-on. As the driving force behind the Every-15-Minutes program at Upper Lake High School, she has been helping students understand the dangers of driving under the influence. Ms. Valadez is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in science education with an end goal of teaching health science and emergency medical services (EMS) to high school students.

The full list of Public Safety Heroes for the Fourth Congressional district includes:

Daniel Eagle, Clearlake Police Department
Chrissy Valdez, Northshore Fire Protection
Nick DeGuilio, Napa County Sheriff’s Office
JC Greenburg, CAL FIRE
Lauren Coughlan, Vacaville Police Department
Andrew Tomelloso, Dixon Fire Department
Debbie Lamaison, Rohnert Park Police Department
Santa Rosa Maui Recovery Team
Ghost, Santa Rosa Police Department K9
Joe Farrow, UC Davis Police Department
Clarksburg Fire Protection District