CLEARWATER — Two Clearwater Police officers and a Clearwater Fire & Rescue medic was honored Wednesday at a joint noon luncheon with the Rotary Clubs of Clearwater and Belleair.
The 2014 Public Safety and Service Awards will be presented from the Rotary Club of Clearwater to Officer Thomas Lulek and Chris Maine from the Fire Department. The awards, which Rotary has given out annually since 2007, recognize exemplary off-duty service to the community.
In addition, Sgt. Dan Devol of the Clearwater Police Department was presented the 37th annual Joseph F. Cornelius Family Foundation's Outstanding Police Officer of the Year Award - the department's highest honor. The award was presented by Karen Crown representing the Cornelius Family Foundation.
Maine, who has worked for the city of Clearwater for eight years, is a fire medic assigned to Station 50 in the Countryside area. He has spearheaded several efforts over the years around Thanksgiving and Christmas to give to less-fortunate members of the community.
He works with Firefighters Local 1158 as they team up with Light of Christ Church to provide Thanksgiving dinner to families in need. In December, he helps ensure that pediatric patients at Mease Countryside Hospital get toys.
The same is true for children at the Greenwood Recreation Center's after-school program.
Lulek, who has been with the police department for nearly 15 years, is assigned to District 3 on the city's east side.
He is being honored for his dedicated and selfless work with the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the ongoing fight against cancer. He has done that in support and encouragement of his sister, who battled the disease herself.
Devol, who has worked for the police department for 19 years, is a sergeant who is assigned to District 3 on the city's east side.
On Sept. 18, he was on duty when a woman collapsed in the lobby of Clearwater Police Department headquarters. When Sgt. Devol got to her, she wasn't breathing and had no pulse. He began administering CPR while someone else called 911. Paramedics who arrived on the scene a few minutes later credited Sgt. Devol with saving the woman's life.
The luncheon was at noon Wednesday at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.