Photo by Kyle Selby / The Valley ChronicleHemet Police Chief Dave Brown (right) welcomes Officers Gerardo Ortiz and Juan Sanchez to the Hemet Police Department Thursday morning. ■ Kyle Selby / Reporter Two new officers, Gerardo Ortiz and Juan Sanchez, were welcomed to the Hemet Police Department last Thursday morning, Oct. 5, in the Hemet City Council Chambers. “Officer Juan Sanchez is the son of first generation Mexican immigrants. He grew up in the Irvine area, and both of his parents were farm workers on the Irvine Ranch, where he learned his outstanding work ethic,” said Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown. “Sanchez put himself through the Orange County Reserve Academy, and

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