The District Attorney’s Office honored a compassionate paralegal, an innovative high-tech sleuth, a mentoring prosecutor and a big-hearted investigator at its annual awards ceremony.
The Jemison Awards recognize a top investigator and support staff member every year. The award is named for a former district attorney investigator, Frank Jemison, and his wife, Jane. Awards also were given to a top prosecutor and an employee involved in humanitarian efforts.
Bertha Basulto, a paralegal in the Child Abduction Section, was lauded for her expertise in processing complex international child abduction cases. She was recognized for treating the children in her cases as if they were her own and the parties involved in the cases with respect.
Senior Investigator Clint Dragoo is a cybercrime specialist. He was instrumental in locating suspects from around the globe who hacked into Los Angeles County government resources. Dragoo also relentlessly pursued criminals who sexually exploit children over the internet.
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers was presented with the Ken Lamb Distinguished Achievement Award. During her 30-year career, Meyers tried nearly 200 jury trials, including 52 murders. A commanding presence in the courtroom, Meyers also serves as a respected mentor to
Senior Investigator Britton Schaefer received the Michael P. Noyes Humanitarian Award. Schaefer underwent a painful seven-hour stem cell harvesting procedure to assist a stranger – a 66-year-old leukemia patient. Schaefer and his family actively support an orphanage for girls in Kenya and are foster parents of a Kenyan girl.