NBC4's The Challenge, an interactive show covering local sports hosted by Sports Anchor Fred Roggin, airs every week right after Sunday Night Football. The Challenge also features a local "Hero of the Night" each week to salute the men and women across Southern California who serve and protect the community.
On September 11, 2016, the show honored Deputy Mark Desmarteau from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. On August 26, an emergency call was dispatched regarding a woman hanging from a cliff in Angeles National Forest. A Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau rescue medic was deployed from the aircraft on a hoist. Deputy Mark Desmarteau was immediately caught in a wind vortex created from the cliff face and the rescue aircraft, causing him to spin.
When Deputy Desmarteau grabbed the cliff face, a large part of the cliff crumbled to the ground. He immediately grabbed the victim and together they were hoisted into the aircraft. Air Rescue 5 and crew arrived in perfect time to save the victim and lower her to safety.
On September 25, The Challenge featured Officer Eric Hibbard from the Rivedrside Police Department. Officer Hibbard has been an officer for 14 years and a K9 handler for 4 and half years with his K9 partner Billy. Billy is an 8 year old Dutch Shephard/Malinois mix.
Officer Hibbard and Billy were assisting patrol officers looking for a missing 13 year old girl who had disappeared from her apartment. Billy tracked her scent through the complex to another location in the apartment where the girl was located. Officers may not have been able to find the girl if it wasn’t for the efforts of Officer Hibbard and his K9 partner.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sergeant Steve Owen was a big football fan, a Vikings fan specifically. He and his family had been planning a trip to Minneapolis to see the team play. Unfortunately, Sergeant Owen was tragically killed in the line of duty on October 5, 2016. His family attended the game in his honor where he was remembered with a moment of silence. Sergeant Steve Owen is our Hero of the Night.
The Fontanana Police Department's DUI unit is cracking down in force. Two of the city's finest, Officers Mike Gissel and Tom Moore, are doing their best to keep the streets safe and were spotlighted on October 23, 2016 on NBC4's The Challenge.
Orange County Fire Authority Reserve Firefighter Darrin Trudeau with Emerald Bay Station 11 in Laguna Beach was working in his office in Anaheim when he received an unusual "alert" on his mobile cell phone. The screen said, “CPR NEEDED" with the address just a half block away. When he arrived, he saw a woman in the corner of a lobby who did not speak English, but she pointed to a hallway where he heard screaming. He rushed in where four nurses were attempting to help a women and were screaming ‘Help us…!”
Together, they worked to move the woman to the floor in order to have a more firm platform to administer CPR. They applied chest compressions and BVM ventilation. After about a 1-2 minutes, the patient's eyes fluttered and she finally took a breath. She regained her heart beat and was breathing on her own when the ambulance took over.
Anaheim Captain Paramedic Dave Berry has been an integral part of Anaheim Fire & Rescue for the past 20 years. Captain Barry leads the department in developing new methods to effectively and efficiently serve the city of Anaheim.
United States Air Force Captain Gerve Tillman has proudly served our country since 2010. Her work at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in the Space and Missile Systems Center makes her more than worthy to be called our Hero of the Night.
A Southern California native, Staff Sergeant Rafael Cervantes has served as a member of the California Army National Guard since 2003, including three overseas deployments. He deployed to Iraq to perform convoy security operations for the 2-185th Armor Battalion in 2005, then to Afghanistan in 2011 as part of a security detail for the 578th Engineer Battalion. In between, he deployed to Kosovo in 2009 to support and advise Kosovar police. Since graduating from UC Riverside, Cervantes has worked full-time for the California National Guard's Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, a program dedicated to turning around the lives of high school dropouts and at-risk youths.
Lieutenant Scott T. Collins is a 32-year veteran of the Inglewood Police Department and a native of the city. Through his participation in sports, Lieutenant Collins began to coach and mentor many youth at an early age which carried over to his law enforcement career where he has been a champion for local youth. He has coached many Police Activity League (PAL) championship teams and was a volunteer assistant coach for Head Coach Patrick Roy and the 1994 Inglewood High School Boys basketball team, featuring Paul Pierce, which captured the CIF Div. II Championship. H
He has received numerous commendations and awards, and in 2016, he was presented with a proclamation from the City of Inglewood and the Inglewood Police Department for his work with Inglewood youth.
Long Beach Firefighter Juliet Moss is a California native and has been with the Long Beach Fire Department for more than two years, serving Fire Station No. 1. She was The Challenge's final Hero of the Night on January 1, 2017.