School Resource Officer and student honored
School Resource Officer Ray de la Ossa and student Adan Fierro honored
Posted on 12/04/2018
Ray De La Ossa

Adan Fierro

The Nogales Unified School District governing board meeting held Nov. 26, 2018 was packed with supporters of School Resource Officer (SRO) Ray de la Ossa and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary student Adan Fierro.

Supt. Fernando Parra introduced De la Ossa as the selection for educator to be recognized because as Nogales High School’s SRO, he is actually also a teacher, providing lessons in Law Related Education to students, staff, parents, and the community.  Nogales Police Chief Roy Bermudez and Commander Carlos Jimenez were in the audience, along with De la Ossa’s family, and the NHS administration to support De la Ossa on his recognition.

“Officer De la Ossa provides guidance and is an excellent resource,” Parra said, adding, “His professionalism and continuity has earned him the trust of students, staff, teachers, and the community.  He is a tremendous asset to the school and to the District.”

De la Ossa, who has 34 years of service to the NPD and has been an SRO for 14 of those years,  said he “loves” his job and working at Nogales High School.

Fifth grader Fierro was selected for recognition, Parra said, due to his tremendous accomplishments in a relatively short time. When he came to Coronado in second grade he was classified as a second-language-learner but in just two years he was able to master English to a point where he was excelling on the state achievement tests. 

In addition to his academic success, Fierro is a role model for Hispanic students who enter with little or no English skills, Parra said.  Fierro’s family, Coronado Principal Sandra Jimenez, and teachers were there as Fierro thanked all those who honored him in perfect English.