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Officer Thomas Lulek, left, and Sgt. Daniel Devol recently received honors from the Clearwater and Belleair Rotary clubs.
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater and Belleair Rotary clubs recently honored two Clearwater police officers at a luncheon.

Officer Thomas Lulek received the 2014 Public Safety and Service award from the Rotary for his work in the fight against cancer. Sgt. Daniel Devol received the 37th annual Joseph F. Cornelius Family Foundation’s Outstanding Police Officer of the Year award, which is the department’s highest honor.

Karen Crown, representing the foundation, presented that award.

Devol was recognized for administering CPR to a woman who collapsed in the Clearwater Police Department lobby. Firefighters said the woman likely would have died if Devol had not assisted her until rescue crews arrived.

Clearwater police honor their own

CLEARWATER – A number of police officers and detectives were honored on Feb. 7 at Clearwater Police headquarters, a police report said, including the following:

• The Chief’s Unit Citation – The homicide unit, Squad J from District 2, and a volunteer and retired former FLDE special agent received this award. The homicide unit includes Sgt. Anthony Monte, Detectives Tom Dawe, Mike Hasty, Bill Hodgson, Chris Lyons and Joe Ruhlin; Police Information Technician Julie Villarreal, and volunteer and retired former FLDE special agent Lee Strope. Squad J includes Sgt. Steven Wannos, Cpl. Cory Lenczden, and Officers Salvatore Accomando, Harry Dodson, Brinton George, Kurt Hentschel, Lauren Josey, Jason Moore, Michael Morea, Justin Murray and Scott Penna.

• The Medal of Meritorious Service – This was awarded to Officer Shannon Kasparek and Sgt. Dan Devol.

• The Award of Excellence – Detective Meg Hasty.

• Letter of Commendation – Officer Melissa Harris.

• Medal of Distinguished Service – Sgt. Sean Allester and Officers Brian Kanicki and Christopher Pranschke.

Rotary honors firefighter

CLEARWATER – Clearwater Fire & Rescue Medic Chris Maine was honored on Feb. 5 by the Clearwater and Belleair Rotary Clubs for his outstanding work off the job in the community. He works for Station 50 in the Countryside area and has been with the city for eight years. Maine was honored with the 2014 Public Safety and Service Award for firefighters.

He was cited for helping feed families at Thanksgiving and for making sure less-fortunate children get toys at Christmas. He volunteers here when he is not working and has helped out for years.

Police recruits sworn in

CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Police Department swore in four new officers at a Clearwater City Council work session on Feb. 3. The new officers are Richard Edmonds, Frank Micheo, Adam Wall and Adrian Washington. All have been undergoing recruit training and should be ready to hit the streets in early march.
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