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October 7, 2009: Officials proclaim Fire Prevention Week, other recognitions

During the Tuesday, October 6, City Commission meeting, officials recognized Coral Springs Police Detectives Nick Mazzei and Jerry Irwin for their recent promotion to Sergeants.

Sergeant Mazzei began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 2001 as a Law Enforcement Officer in the Patrol Unit. In 2005, he became a detective in the Vice Intelligence and Narcotics Unit. He has also been a member of the Special Response Team and the Dive Team. Mazzei was named “Officer of the Year” in 2007, “Officer of the Month” in January 2009, received an Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation in 2004, and earned numerous letters of commendation throughout his career.

Sergeant Irwin began his career with CSPD in 1994 as a Law Enforcement Trainee and shortly thereafter became a Law Enforcement Officer in the Patrol Unit. In 2001, he became a detective in the General Investigation Unit and in 2006 he was transferred to the Vice Intelligence and Narcotics Unit. He has been a member of the Special Response Team and served as a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Unit. He was “ Officer of the Month” in February 2009 and has received numerous letters of commendation in the past 15 years of service.
“It’s great to see that you started your careers here, and we hope that you finish your careers here,” Vice Mayor Vince Boccard said. “You’ve earned your stripes, so to speak, so congratulations.”

Officials also recognized Yoldy Woolley on his retirement after 27 years of service to the Coral Springs Fire Department. Woolley started his career as a Volunteer Firefighter and advanced to the rank of Lieutenant and Acting Captain. He was a member on the Board of Directors of the Coral Springs Volunteer Association and also held the office of Treasurer. In 1998, he took the position of Fire Equipment Technician.

“Something that a lot of people don’t know is that several years ago, when the Haitian community started to grow in the City, the Police Department didn’t have anyone that spoke Creole so Yoldy spent many weekends riding with the Police Department to help bridge that gap,” Fire Chief Mark Curran said. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for the City and the Fire Department.”

Woolley’s commitment and dedication to the Fire Department and the City of Coral Springs is admirable and officials wished him the very best in his retirement.

“To be in a city in the position that you’ve had for all these years says so much about you, and we can’t thank you enough for serving with such pride,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “We’re very proud of you, and we will miss you.”

Officials also proclaimed the week of October 4, 2009, as Fire Prevention Week. The City of Coral Springs is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living and visiting the City. This year, officials encourage residents to “Stay Fire Smart, Don’t Get Burned.” During this week, members of the National Fire Protection Association will visit elementary schools and teach students fire safety.

The City Commission also took the opportunity to recognize North Lauderdale Firefighter/Paramedic Owen Wallace, who graduated from the Coral Springs Fire Academy. Wallace was instrumental in the development of a training program between the Jamaican Fire Brigade and the Coral Springs Fire Academy. When Wallace went back home to Jamaica, he observed the struggles that the Jamaican Fire Brigade had with training tactics and equipment deficiencies. He realized that there was a lot that the City could do to help them improve their services.

“Last year, six officers from the Jamaican Fire Brigade came to Coral Springs for a training program that Owen almost single-handedly organized,” Chief of Training Robert Bertone said. “We’re used to sharing what we’ve learned, and we are hoping to develop a long-term partnership that will eventually culminate in an international training institute for the Caribbean and Latin American area.”

“I would like to say thank you to Coral Springs. My experience from the Coral Springs Fire Academy, you can’t beat that anywhere and I knew that if the Jamaican Fire Brigade got a portion of that, they’d be good,” Wallace said.

Lastly, the City proclaimed the month of October as National Arts and Humanities Month. During this month, events take place to encourage Americans to begin an active participation in the arts. This month, officials invite residents to visit the Coral Springs Museum of Art, which is now featuring Sheila Elias’ and Stan Slutsky’s work. The Museum also has lots of events coming up this month, including Romero Britto’s sculpture dedication, The Fresh Market Annual Wine Gala and special events scheduled every Saturday of this month. To find out more, visit

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