Officer Michael J. Johnson (Inducted Posthumously)
(Mike J. Johnson's widow, Nikki, accepting the award for him)
Michael began his career with the San Jose Police Department in 2001. He worked patrol, the Covert Response Unit, and was a Field Training Officer. He attended Gunderson High School and West Valley College. He was active in many organizations, participated in athletics, and was an outstanding police officer.
Michael grew up learning Judo and eventually mastered the art when he received his Black Belt. He shared his knowledge in the martial arts by teaching children the art of Judo. He affectionately described teaching the kids as being equivalent to “herding cats.” Michael was the Captain of his high school chess team, he scuba dove, and he hiked to many exotic locations.
Michael participated in the United States Police & Fire Championships from 2006 – 2014. He competed in many shooting events: Team, Service, Sniper, Action, 3-Gun Rifle, and Pistol. He also competed in Submission Grappling. He won the following medals:
2006 – Silver in Service Rifle (Marksman)
2007 – Gold in Service Rifle (Marksman)
2008 – Silver in Service Rifle (Sharpshooter)
Silver in Team (Sharpshooter/Marksman “B” Division)
2010 – Gold in Team Large Bore Rifle (Highmaster/Master/Expert “B” Division)
Bronze in Service Rifle (Marksman)
Bronze in Submission Grappling (Open – 179.9 and Under)
2011 – Silver in Service Rifle (Sharpshooter)
2013 – Bronze in Service Rifle
2014 – Bronze in Service Rifle (Sharpshooter)
Michael supported PAAF as well as other organizations. He believed in giving back to his community, animals, his fellow officers, and of course his family. For his outstanding athletic achievements and his commitment to teaching children, Officer Michael J. Johnson is inducted posthumously into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.
Officer Noel Lanctot
Noel joined the San Jose Police Department in 1962. He worked several units until he retired in 1993. Noel went to Oakland High School where he played baseball. He led the league in hitting while leading them to a championship and made All League his senior year. Noel moved on to play baseball at Oakland City College in 1960 & 1961. His City College team finished 2nd in the state. In 1962, Noel played baseball at San Jose State University. His SJSU team won the conference that year. After college, he played on a semi-pro baseball team sponsored by the Atlanta Braves.
In 1963, Noel joined the San Jose Police Department Fast Pitch Softball Team and played until 1979. After Fast Pitch was dropped as a Police Olympics sport, he played Slow Pitch Softball. He played slow pitch and did some managing until he retired. He also played Basketball and Golf. Noel won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in all three sports while competing at the California Police Olympics and the World Police & Fire Games.
Since retiring, Noel continued playing Slow Pitch Softball. He joined the Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County. He is currently playing and managing the Over 70 Raptors Softball Team. He has played and managed teams that have won National Championships in ASA, USSSA, SSWC, ISA, LVSSA and SPA.
During his slow pitch career, Noel served as President of the Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County and the Northern California Senior Softball Association. Presently he is the Team Ranking Chairman for Northern California overseeing 110 teams. Noel was selected to the Senior National Softball Hall of Fame in 2007 and to the Northern California Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2009.
For his outstanding athletic achievements, Office Noel Lanctot is inducted into the Police
Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.
Sgt. Carroll Blackstock
Carroll joined the San Jose Police Department in 1961. He worked several units within the department until he retired in 1983. Carroll played high school baseball at five different high schools in Michigan, Texas, and California. He also played baseball at San Jose City College.
Carroll joined the San Jose Police Department Fast Pitch Softball Team in 1962. He played for manager Jim Guido. Carroll started his fast pitch career as a catcher. While warming up the pitchers, he would sometimes return the ball using a pitching motion. The pitchers then were Ernie Vasquez, Merle Wheatley, Glen Brewer, and Bobby Sheppard. Bobby noticed Carroll had a coordinated delivery and could generate a lot of speed. Bobby suggested Carroll start practicing pitching more seriously and consider being one of the pitchers. Guido started using Carroll as a spot pitcher. Carroll started off being pretty wild and he hit a lot of batters. Eventually he was able to improve his control and learned how to throw pitches with movement and speed changes. After four or five seasons, Carroll became the team’s main pitcher.
Carroll’s SJPD Fast Pitch Softball Team played in the City of San Jose Recreation League and in police tournaments throughout California. He pitched against teams from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, Fresno PD, Modesto PD, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Los Angeles PD and San Francisco PD. Players from these teams respected Carroll for being such an outstanding pitcher. Carroll also participated in the California Police Olympics and the World Police & Fire Games, winning several medals. Carroll once pitched against the world famous The King and His Court and struck out Eddie Feigner’s son.
Carroll played for the San Jose Police Department Fast Pitch Softball Team for 24 years. For his outstanding athletic accomplishments, Sgt. Carroll Blackstock is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.
Sgt. Robert "Bob" Kosolvilka
Bob began his career with the San Jose Police Department in 1963. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1974. Bob worked the Burglary Prevention Unit (BPU) and Motors. He retired in 1989. Bob attended Camden High School and San Jose City College. Bob competed in his first motocross race with his son in 1982 at the Bay Lands MX Track in Fremont. He immediately realized how physically demanding motocross was on the body and mind. Bob trained hard to reach a high level of competition. Bob’s training consisted of gym work, weight training, and riding his mountain bike over 100 miles a week. Once a month, he rode his mountain bike from San Jose to Santa Cruz.
Bob sometimes raced 6 races in a day for a total of 120 minutes of hard racing. Most of the time, these races were run in over 100 degree temperatures. On weekends he would travel all over Northern California to race the best competitors he could find. Bob competed in Motocross at the California Police Olympics for 18 years.
He competed in five events: 125cc, 250cc, 450cc, 4 Stroke, and Open. Bob won a total of 78 medals: 29 gold, 22 silver, and 27 bronze. One year, Bob won five gold medals in all five events he entered. Another year, he won four gold medals and one silver medal. In 1984, Bob received a Letter of Commendation from Mayor Tom McEnery for his outstanding performance at that year’s California Police Olympics. McEnery said, “Your outstanding finishes in the Motocross competition is an effort we can all be proud of. It is indeed an honor to have such great competitors as you and the entire San Jose Police Department representing the City of San Jose.”
Since retiring, Bob continued to compete with the Bay Over The Hill Gang Club. In 2007, he finished 3rd Nationally, 2009 4th Nationally, 2010 & 2011 1st Nationally, 2012 4th Nationally and in 2013 3rd Nationally. Bob said, “I set my goal to be the best representative of the San Jose Police Department I could be.” For his outstanding athletic accomplishments, Sgt. Robert Kosovilka is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.
Sgt. Chuck Wall
Chuck began his police career in 1973 with the San Carlos Police Department. In 1975, he was hired by the San Jose Police Department. Chuck worked several units within the department including the MERGE Unit where he held the sniper position for five years. Chuck attended San Lorenzo Valley High School, Soquel High School, and King City High School. While in high school, he began racing dirt bikes at local race tracks. After graduating from high school, Chuck joined the United Stated Air Force where he was an airplane mechanic. After receiving an Honorable Discharge at the rank of Sergeant, Chuck attended West Valley College.
While with the San Carlos Police Department, Chuck was on the department’s Pistol Team. He traveled all over California competing in shooting competitions and won several medals. He also competed in the California Police Olympics and won 4 silver medals. While in the Academy with the San Jose Police Department, Chuck earned the “Top Gun” award for his marksmanship. He was asked to join the SJPD Pistol Team competing against incredible shooters such as Leroy Pyle, Ken Lanch, Brian Hyland, and many others.
He was soon asked to join Leroy Pyle’s Grand Master team. Grand Master is the highest class in police competition. Chuck earned his position on the Governor’s Top 30 in the State of California. Chuck is forever grateful to Leroy for helping him become a damn good shooter. Chuck competed in the California Police Olympics in the Pistol competition. Between 1976 and 1984 he won 4 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. In 1989, Chuck saw a bunch of fellow officers (TJ Boyle, Alan Cavallo, Ken Ferguson, Paul Shuman, Richard Brooks, Greg & Glen Albin and many others) riding in the mountains on weekends. This gave him the motocross bug. He competed in his first California Police Olympics in Motocross in 1990 and won a gold medal. During his 25 years of Motocross competition, Chuck suffered two broken collar bones, torn leg ligaments, and a concussion. From 1989 to 2011, Chuck won 16 gold medals, 9 silver medals, & 6 bronze medals in Motocross.
For his outstanding athletic accomplishments, Sgt. Chuck Wall is inducted into the Police Amateur Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.