During the Tuesday, April 5, Commission Meeting, the Commission recognized three Coral Springs Fire Department employees for their diligent work. Assistant Chief Steve Frey was recognized as the 2010 Supervisor of the Year. Frey has made significant contributions not just this past year, but over many years managing the department’s fleet of fire apparatus.
Fire Inspector II Bryan Hurst was recognized as the 2010 Firefighter of the Year. Hurst has created provided public education to many elderly residents in St. Andrew’s Towers, increasing compliance with evacuation procedures and fire safety procedures. He also took the initiative after a serious fire at a high rise to create a training program on forcible entry through hurricane windows for all firefighters in the department.
Office Assistant Theresa Piedrahita received the 2010 Civilian Employee of the Year. Though she works part time, through her efforts and diligence, the division was able to collect $43,000 in liens and almost $25,000 in re-inspection fees in 2010.
In the Police Department, Sergeant Bill Read was recognized as the 2010 Supervisor of the Year. Over the past year, he has implemented several new initiatives, including a training program for newly assigned TAG Officers and the Inmate Release Contact Initiative. Sergeant Reid also developed and instructed a lesson plan for Vehicle Assault Operations for the Special Response Team.
Officer Eric Walsh was recognized as 2010 Officer of the Year. He also began his career at the Coral Springs Police Department in 2003. In 2010, Officer Walsh made a total of 176 arrests.
Tom Ciampi was recognized as the 2010 Civilian of the Year. This year, Ciampi obtained state certification from the Department of Health for the in-house training program run by Communications, meeting legislative requirements. Working as a liaison with FDLE, the Fire Department, Information Services Department, and serving as chairman of the legislative committee for the Florida APCO Chapter, Ciampi keeps the Communications Unit and Department abreast of all areas that affect communications.
“Thank you all very much for your great service,” Mayor Roy Gold said. “We’re blessed with two great public safety teams.”
The Commission also recognized Coral Springs Charter student Victoria Angelakos for her exemplary volunteer service and her receipt of a Certificate of Excellence for the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Her volunteer activities have been judged to be among the top 10 percent of all those considered for this year’s program in the state of Florida. In addition, Ms. Angelakos’ volunteer hours qualified her for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
“We’re very proud of you and thank you so much for your public service to our community,” Mayor Gold said.
The Commission later proclaimed April 2011 as Water Conservation Month. The Commission encourages residents to help conserve water as everyone can make a positive contributions in protecting Florida’s water resources. For more information on current water conditions and conservation tips, visit www.CoralSprings.org.
Then, the City Commission proclaimed April 10 to 16, 2011 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The Commission recognized that our response to crime victims plays an important role in their efforts to rebuild their lives following the offense. For more information on events held during this week, please visit www.BrowardVictimsRights.org.
City officials also proclaimed April 16, 2011 as Arbor Day. This is a great time to plant trees for the many benefits they provide, including reducing topsoil erosion, cutting heating and cooling costs, moderating the temperature, cleaning the air, producing oxygen, providing wood for our homes, offering habitat for wildlife, and giving a renewable source of paper.
To celebrate Arbor Day, the City will be hosting EarthFest on Saturday, April 16 at Sandy Ridge Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EarthFest features wildlife exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways to Coral Springs residents and refreshments. Sandy Ridge Sanctuary is located east of University Drive between Sample and Wiles Roads at 8501 N.W. 40th Street. For more information, call 954-344-1117.
Lastly, the City Commission proclaimed the weekend of April 15, 2011 as American Cancer Society Relay for Life Weekend. This year, more than 1.4 million individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. To address this major challenge, the American Cancer Society will hold 26 celebrations across Broward County. The Coral Springs Relay for Life hopes to raise more than $110,000 toward the fight against cancer and to raise awareness that lives might be saved through early detection. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/coralspringsfl.
Photos of these recognitions are available at www.CoralSprings.org/Commission/Recognitions.