Medal of Honor

Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson last Tuesday presented the city’s newly-created Medal of Honor to Anamika Singh, the widow of slain Cpl. Ronil Singh, as Singh’s brother Reggie Singh and his parents Veer (father) and Rohini (mother) Singh looked on.

NEWMAN - City leaders paid tribute to slain Newman Police Department Cpl. Singh Feb. 12, presenting the newly-created Newman Medal of Honor to his family in a tearful ceremony before the City Council.

As the council and several members of the Newman Police Department family looked on, an emotional Police Chief Randy Richardson presented Singh’s widow Anamika a shadow box containing the city Medal of Honor, the officer’s badge, his NPD patch, his K-9 pin and the American flag, which Richardson noted Singh “loved to wear so much.”

The police chief said the honor reflects the courage and heroism of Singh, a beloved officer who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in the early-morning hours of Dec. 26.

Singh was well-known in the community for his ever-present smile, positive attitude, desire to help others and fairness to those with whom he came into contact.

Prior to making the presentation, Richardson announced that Singh’s badge number and call sign are officially being retired by the department. Singh’s K-9 partner Sam, who will remain with his family, is also being officially retired - as is the K-9’s name.

A Modesto police officer was also in attendance to present the family four flags, each of which was both laid over the fallen officer’s casket and flown over the Newman Police Department. The flags, said Modesto Police Department representative Chris Adams, were presented to the family on behalf of every law enforcement agency in Stanislaus County.

The Newman Medal of Honor is a new award authorized by the City Council at its Jan. 22 meeting.

The honor may be granted to any Newman police officer or firefighter who has lost their life in the line of duty or displayed extreme courage in the face of grave danger.

Mayor Bob Martina later told Mattos Newspapers that the city is looking into other means to honor and remember the slain officer.

The presentation of the Newman Medal of Honor was “overwhelming,” the mayor said.

Richardson said afterward that he was honored to present the award and pay tribute to Singh.

At the same time, the chief added, “I hated to have to do it. I don’t ever want to have to do that again.”

Martina echoed that sentiment.

Even as the community continues to remember and mourn its fallen officer, the mayor reflected, “we pray to God that nothing ever happens like this again in Newman.”