The Marco Island Police Department spent some time last week recognizing and thanking residents, businesses, city staff and other governmental agencies for their participation in making the island a wonderful community.
Approximately 175 people assembled at the New Life Community Church to look on as officers were recognized for their contributions to the department and businesses and organizations were acknowledged for their support of the department.
Special recognition was given to businesses that contributed so much during and after Hurricane Irma came ashore a year and a half ago, such as LCEC, which provides electric service to the island. Also recognized were Paradise Fuel, along with Rose Marina and the 7-Eleven Stores on the island, which provided fuel for emergency vehicles.
The cooperation between other law enforcement agencies such as Florida Highway Patrol, Naples Police Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was acknowledged. A special recognition was given the Jupiter Police Department, which assisted during Hurricane Andrew.
Acknowledgements were also made to organizations such as the Marco Island Police Foundation and the Fire Rescue Foundation for their support of the department. The Marco Island JW Marriott, Hilton and the Crystal Shores Vacation Resort were also recognized for their continued cooperation in assisting the Marco Island Police, both before, during and after the events surrounding Irma.
Chuck Gunter was awarded the Civilian Volunteer of the Year Award for 2018 for his contributions to the operation of the department. The award was named for Willa Dick who served many years as a volunteer within the department.
Numerous officers and Community Service Officers also received awards for their contributions to the department over the last year and beyond.
After the ceremonies, officers, their families and other attendees came together to enjoy light refreshments and some deserts and wish outgoing Police Chief Al Schettino well in his retirement from the department.