INDIAN SHORES – Indian Shores police officers Matthew Holm, Matthew Patsch, and Justin Guillory were presented with commendations at the Feb. 13 town hall meeting for their life-saving efforts at an armed emergency.

What began as an “assault/battery in progress” call, highlighted as “armed emergency/stabbing” on Jan. 24 at approximately 10:55 p.m. turned into a major life-saving effort by Holm, Patsch, and Guillory. Assisting a Pinellas County deputy at the scene, the officers identified three individuals in a car – originally thought to be suspects – as the stabbing victims.

Chief Terry Hughes and Mayor Patrick Soranno presented the men with their commendations.

“They worked as a team, with Officer Patsch and Officer Guillory securing the scene, directing fire/rescue units, and assisting Officer Holm with his life saving efforts,” Hughes said during the presentation. The three stabbing victims had received 20 stab wounds between them.

In addition to recognizing the officers “for their efforts in life saving and for a job well done,” Hughes also gave an additional “Award of Life Saving Commendation” to Holm, whose quick action in placing a hemostatic dressing on the victim’s neck wound to slow the bleeding saved the victim’s life.”

Hughes said, “Our heroes don’t wear capes. They wear Kevlar.”

Six ISPD officers take formal oaths of office

Six officers who were already on active duty and had taken an oath administered by the town clerk were recognized in a formal oath of office ceremony at the meeting. The ceremony allowed families and friends to participate in pinning badges on the officers.

The officers were Robert A. Auch, Matthew Ehrhart, Natasha K. Hindman, Justin G. Guillory, Raimondo DeCunto, and Carrol Bittrich.

Sunday Morning Market renewed for three years

A third amendment to the town’s license agreement with Laura Garrison to conduct the Sunday Morning Market for the next three years was unanimously approved by the Town Council. The three years are 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021.

The season of operation will change slightly from previous years. The market will begin the first Sunday in November and end the second Sunday in May to accommodate changes in the winter visitor population due to Hurricane Irma. The hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Town passes resolution to oppose offshore oil drilling

Indian Shores joined other beach communities in Tampa Bay by unanimously passing a resolution in opposition of offshore oil drilling and exploration, including airgun blasting. The town clerk will forward a copy of the resolution to Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, State Sen. Jeff Brandes, State Rep. Larry Ahern, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Zeno Office Solutions lease extended

The town unanimously approved an additional five-year lease agreement with Zeno Office Solutions at a cost of $10,270.20 over the five years. The agreement will include a centralized combination copier, printer, and fax machine for the Indian Shores Police Department.

Currently, the ISPD has seven copiers that all use different ink cartridges. The centralized equipment is expected to save the town substantially in ink costs and, therefore, to not have a negative impact on the budget.