DUNEDIN – The Dunedin Masonic Lodge No. 192 presented Sgt. Clark Wagner with the 2013 Deputy of the Year Award at a special breakfast meeting of the Dunedin Council of Organizations at the Dunedin Golf Club.
Making the presentation was Dunedin Lodge Past Master Ken Giesow. Also in attendance were Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Capt. Glen Luben of North District Station and fellow officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Wagner retired from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in October after 28 years of dedicated service. He has supervised the Sheriff’s Canine unit for the last eight years, and has worked assignments in patrol and the Criminal Intelligence Section. During his career Wagner has received five certificates of professionalism, three Gold Star Awards and three Distinguished Service Awards.
On Sept. 9 at 1:55 a.m., Wagner was on duty driving westbound on Curlew Road when he witnessed three subjects attempting to conceal themselves from passing traffic behind the ornamental bushes near the entrance to the Spanish Oaks subdivision, a club news release said.
Based on their suspicious behavior, Wagner made a U-turn and stopped the subjects. All three subjects lived in the Clearwater area and they could not explain their presence in the neighborhood or why they were hiding.
While talking to the subjects, Wagner had additional units check the neighborhood. The responding units found evidence of burglary to several vehicles. Wagner found stolen property from these vehicles in the possession of the three subjects he had stopped.
The three subjects were subsequently arrested. Because of Wagner’s quick reaction and professional response, a total of eight burglaries were closed and the stolen property was returned to all the victims.
For his efforts, Dunedin Lodge awarded Wagner a plaque, and a gift of $100.
“Dunedin Lodge is proud of our long tradition of supporting local law enforcement personnel. On behalf of the lodge, we congratulate Sergeant Wagner and thank him for his years of service and dedication. We are proud of the PCSO,” Giesow said.
Past recipients are Sgt. Dennis Komar, 2012; Deputy Tom Hoddinott, 2011; Det. John Grubb, 2010; Deputy Curtis Kindle, 2009; Cpt. John Davis, 2008; and Deputy Jason Stibbard, 2007.