University Police Officer Named SERVPRO’s 2019 First Responder


From left are Officer Jyothi Dirnberger, SERVPRO marketing representative Jessica Moore , Officer Steve Green, Officer John Reyna, Sierra Reyna and Capt. Ken Gullett.

University Police Officer John Reyna has been recognized by SERVPRO’s 2019 First Responder, Local Hero Contest for his service to the University and local communities.

Reyna has been with the University Police for two years and was presented a certificate by Jessica Moore, marketing representative with SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties. Additionally, Reyna received a cash prize and two tickets to the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Jan. 1 in Dallas, Texas.

Reyna previously serviced six years with the Jackson Police Department, where he served as an officer and their skilled sniper as well as being a reserve officer through the Cape County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, Reyna served seven years with the U.S. Marine Corps.

“I am very pleased that Officer Reyna was presented with this award,” said Ken Gullett, captain of University police operations. Officer Reyna not only served his country, but also continues to serve as a law enforcement officer. Officer Reyna is a valuable asset to University Police, and it is a pleasure working with him at Southeast.”

Reyna was nominated by his wife, Sierra, who in her contest entry stated, “He is a very devoted father and husband, and hearing some of the experiences he’s had and been through, I believe he is the strongest man I know. I believe every officer is a local hero. It’s all part of being a team and a family. I’ve seen first hand just how much first responders sacrifice and just how important they really are. I hope you consider my husband for this award to show him just how much he is needed in this community.”