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April 27, 2011: City Commission recognizes exemplary leaders

During the Tuesday, April 26, Commission Meeting, the Commission recognized the 2011 WorldFest committee and sponsors.

“These folks [Multi-Cultural Committee] work so hard on the many events that they put on in this City. And what’s really exciting is it gives people of all different cultures the opportunity to come together and celebrate each other and Coral Springs,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.

“Thank you for all you do. The event [WorldFest] gets bigger and better every year,” Mayor Roy Gold said.

Members of the Multi-Cultural Committee who were recognized include Committee Chair Jose Luis Rodriguez, Ruth Hathorn, John Adams, Steve Hathorn, Addy Amir, Laura Lopez, Gladys Castro, Carolyn Mena, Sak Chen, Tom Messenheimer, Lillian Coopersmith, Joe Morera, Bessie Cristwell, Felix Plaisir, Lydia Cutz, Bushra Razvi, Safiya Deen, Raul Rios, Annyse Gross, Arnode Thelemaque and Colette Sun. Sponsors recognized include State Farm Insurance, Baptist Health Medical Plazas, Forum Publishing Group and Northwest Regional Library.

The City Commission then recognized the Coral Glades Indoor Percussion Team for winning first place in National “A” Class at the South Florida Championships held on April 3rd at John I. Leonard High School located in Greenacres.

Members of the indoor percussion team include Evan Swift, James McDermott, Jerry Rusch, Dartanyan Melendez, Maggie Nolan, Sarah Newman, Kailey Archard, Will Perez, Alanna Browdy, Lissa Reed, Olivia Burley, Natalia Robayo, Libbie Dailey, Samantha Robinson, Josh Daniels, Danielle Rusch, Emily Forlenza, Alex Siegelman, Sofia Garantiva, David Starr, Joey Guzzi, Reenan Tages, Jacob Hochman, Dat Truong, Courtney Hogan, Scott Viera, Emily Karwacki, Jesse Wildman, Alex Knaub, Same Wildman, and Jake Liotta.

Officials also recognized Sergeant Shawn Hines on his recent promotion. He has been with the Coral Springs Police Department since 1997.

“Congratulations, Sergeant. We’re glad to have you move on up and we appreciate having you on our team,” Mayor Gold said.

The Commission then recognized Captain Juan Cardona, who was promoted to Battalion Chief. In 2009, he was the department’s Firefighter of the Year; he was recently named the State of Florida Paramedic of the Year for 2010; and has received the North Broward Hospital District Paramedic of the Year award three times.  He has been recognized for his role in a high angle rescue of a stroke victim in 2008, his lifesaving response to a police officer shooting in 2009, and for his role in the department’s officer development program which has received statewide recognition.  He also found time to complete his master’s degree in Public Administration in 2010.

“We are most proud of his selection as Paramedic of the Year in the State of Florida,” Fire Chief Mark Curran said. “That was a huge accomplishment as it was the first time anyone from Coral Springs Fire Department has been selected for the honor.”

“We very much appreciate what you’ve done for our department, to better yourself. You are a fine, fine example to others on the fire force,” Mayor Gold added.

Lastly, Commissioners, together with The Muscular Dystrophy Association, proclaimed April 2011 as “Firefighter Appreciation Month”.  MDA recognized the Coral Springs Firefighters for their donation of time and effort during the 2010 “Fill The Boot” campaign. 

“Commissioner Powers and I did a Flash Over training not to long ago and I was dully impressed with all the gear that you have to carry and the dangers that you go through. I gained a lot more respect for all of you that day and this is a very deserving proclamation,” Commissioner Vince Boccard said.

Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck was also recognized by the Guardian ad Litem Program for her 25 years of child advocacy. The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff that provides a powerful voice on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children in the court system.

“Claudette Bruck has been a guardian for over 25 years and the number of children that she’s been able to give a voice to in the courtroom and in the community who would otherwise not have had it. She has made a difference in so many children’s lives and it’s a pleasure to have her as part of the program,” Guardian Ad Litem Program Manager Patty Walker said.

“It really doesn’t take much more than having a good heart and the willingness to stand up and say ‘No, that child will not be abused. I encourage you all sign up,” Vice Mayor Bruck said.

Photos of these recognitions are available at 

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