Third District Police Partnership Luncheon
By Mary Miller Cullins
Last week’s luncheon at the Palladium was held to honor police officers in the 3rd District. The Third District Police Partnership, a business association in support of the community and the police who patrol it, held the 17th annual lunch in their honor. Rachel Witt, president of the South Grand Community Improvement District welcomed the officers, their families, and business owners in the neighborhood. Once the colors were presented by the SLMPD Honor Guard, and Eva Miller sang the National Anthem, radio personality Mike Claiborne began the introductions.
Remarks were given by Mayor Slay and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed. President Reed, along with various aldermen whose wards are in the Third District, presented resolutions to Captain Leyshock and Officer Paul Simmons. Captain Leyshock was recognized for his outstanding leadership in 2011 and Officer Simmons for being named Officer of the Year.
The 2011 Officers of the Month received plaques as recognition for their hard work and the results of their diligent police work. Their names are: Paul Simmons, Kyle Mack, Anthony Miller, Det. Kevin Griffin, Jason Remelius, Robert Davis, Patrick Immken, Steven Mancuso, Kenneth Reichert, David Bosler, Kris Hunt, David Hailey, and Keith Burton. Det. Kurt Battig, Sgt. James Sanders, and Officer David Krapf were also awarded the quarterly 2011 Leadership Awards.
While listening to the achievements of these officers you begin to appreciate a little more the job these guys do. Everyday, every shift, they lay their lives on the line for the safety of residents and neighborhoods. The news reports crime daily, but it isn’t often you get to hear these individual stories. These are the stories of people just like you and me, with families, friends they hang out with on weekends, and parents they are caring for; but when they get up and go to work, they are cops. They put their lives at risk daily, for us.
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