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Kissimmee police recognize employees for exceptional service

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11:59 am

The Kissimmee Police Department recognized its officer of the year and other employees for exceptional service during 2017 at the annual awards ceremony on March 14.

Each year the Kissimmee Police Department takes the time to honor those employees who have gone above and beyond their duties to make the city of Kissimmee a safer place to live, work and visit.

The department held its meritorious awards ceremony at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The following awards were presented:

  • Officer of the Year – Officer Marlon Dunston
  • Detective of the Year – Det. Justin Lunsford
  • Corporal of the Year – Cpl. Charles Hess
  • Sergeant of the Year – Sgt. James Loughlin
  • Staff Officer of the Year – Celia Thacker-Dorn
  • Community Service Officer of the Year – CSO Eva Alayon
  • Telecommunicator of the Year – Rikardo Georges
  • Support Person of the Year – Jane Hodgson
  • Administrative Assistant/Clerk of the Year – Teri Hindle
  • Employee of the Year – Agent Josue Naranjo

Additional awards and citations were given to employees for life saving efforts, distinguished service, community service and educational achievements.

An award of excellence was presented to residents Ron Kolin and John Robson for the time they spent after the fatal shooting of Kissimmee’s two officers, guarding the memorial site.

The retiree of the quarter was recognized as well, Capt. Wayne Sorrell, who retired from KPD in 1996, after serving the Kissimmee community for 30 years.

Chief Jeff O’Dell presented the Chief’s Award to the entire department.  The plaque reads, “Presented to the Men and Women of the Kissimmee Police Department.  Thank you for your grace and courage during our tragic event in August 2017.  Your commitment to the community and the families of our heroes speaks directly to the integrity of the members of this agency.  Keep the momentum going.”

During the presentation, O’Dell expressed his heartfelt appreciation to every member of the agency, saying, “We don’t get to close the doors to our business while we mourn the loss of our heroes.  Each of you returned to work with broken hearts and maintained your commitment to duty and dedication to our community.  For that, I am extremely proud of each of you, proud to be a member of the Kissimmee Police Department and thank you.”