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Cindy Heafy – Distinguished Service Award
 
Cindy began her career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1979 as a Dispatcher. At that time Cindy would work most shifts with just herself, a single supervisor and ONE officer on Road Patrol. For a brief period of time Cindy also worked as a Traffic Accident Investigator but quickly returned to Dispatch as a Supervisor. From the onset of her career Cindy embraced her role within the police department and quickly became known as an individual who could identify the needs of both co-workers and community members and devise ways to best meet their needs whether it be through her work duties or as a volunteer. Examples of her philanthropy include, creation of Shop with a Cop, the Police Department Angel Tree and Thanksgiving Basket program where officers and other city representatives can recommend financially challenged members of the community that they encounter throughout the year for assistance at holiday time. Cindy’s talent and passion to help others translated to her current position of Community Involvement Coordinator which she has held since 1995. The newly created position afforded Cindy the opportunity to develop new community service programs as well as educational programming for in-service police and fire training that included lessons on CPR/First Aid andchild safety such as our current Safety Town program and camp. While working in Community Involvement, Cindy further found a niche for herself in focusing on our elderly citizens and our most vulnerable community members. Identifying a need in this area Cindy completed her Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology in order to become better educated on how to meet the specific needs of our elderly and vulnerable community members. As Community Involvement Coordinator Cindy has developed a number of programs including, S.A.L.T (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together), an assisted living facility home inspections team, elder abuse training, senior health fairs, and Hurricane and Safety preparedness events at St. Andrews towers, just to name a few. Cindy’s dedication to the City of Coral Springs and compassion for its residents is demonstrated in her 34 years of faithful service. While her impact on our community is immeasurable, we can unequivocally say that her legacy will live on in the form of the lives she has touched and the programs that she developed that will live on long past her date of retirement. It is for this reason we honor Cindy Heafy with the Distinguished Service Award.
Posted:11/21/2013
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