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2005 Police Officer of
the Year Award May 18, 2005
Easton Kiwanis awards the
Annual Police Officer of the Year Award posthumously
to Police Officer Jesse Sollmon. We have been honoring an
Easton Police Officer with this award since it's inception
in 1981. We do this in conjunction with National Police
Week. Easton's Mayor's Chief of Staff Stu Gallaher is
shown reading the Proclamation from the City of Easton also
honoring Jesse while Chief Mazzeo presents the Kiwanis
Memorial plaque to Jesse's wife and children. Kiwanis
President Walt Howell, a retired Easton Police officer and
recipient of the award in 1991-92, also presented a $1000
check from Easton Kiwanis and the Foundation to Carin
Sollmon for the education foundation set up for the Sollmons'
two children, Savannah, 6, and Jacob, 3. Also
speaking was Carin's father, Charles Hentz, a retired
Philadelphia Police Lt. himself. He spoke on behalf of
the family about Jesse and his love and lifelong ambition of
being a police officer. "Brightness of his
spirit...anyone who knew him...well done! We're gonna
Kiwanis is all about Children and our Defining Statement
makes this point today:
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to
changing the world one child and one community at a time.
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HISTORY OF THE AWARD
In 1981 the Kiwanis Club of Easton decided it would like to give
recognition to a deserving member of the Easton Police
Department and show their appreciation for an outstanding career
of public service. Easton merchant Tom Stotz who was the
Kiwanis Club President met with then Easton Police Chief William Cunningham,
also a fellow Easton Kiwanian, to
discuss this possibility and has resulted in our club presenting
an award to be known as the "Police Officer of The Year."
The Easton award has been presented during National Police Week.
National Police Week was the
result of a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy to
pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the
ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation
for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the
battle against crime. Congress, by a joint resolution
approved October 1, 1962, has authorized and requested the
President to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers
Memorial Day,” and the week in which it falls as “Police Week”
and by Public Law 103-322 has requested that the flag be flown
at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Award Criteria: The individual must be a sworn officer of
the Easton Police Department. Awards will go to an
individual, not a group. Previous winners of the award are
not excluded from nomination.
Award Selection Process: Their peers will nominate
police officers. All nominees are reviewed and selected by
the Award Selection Committee. If a member of the
committee is a nominee, that police officer will excuse
him/herself from the discussion of his/her own nomination, but
return to vote on the others. Selection will be made by April
Past recipients have been:
1981 Ofcr. Sam C. Osmun
1982 Sgt. John W. Border Jr.
1983 Sgt. Thomas A. Hess
1984 Det. Frank E. Martin
1985 Ofcr. John J. Mazzeo
1986 Ofcr. James Broscius Jr.
1987 Det. William A. Wilkinson Jr.
1988 None Given
1989 Ofcr. Douglas Schlegel
1990 Ofcr. Anthony J. Cappellano
1991-92 Det. Walter R. Howell Jr.
1992-93 Det. Edward J. Zukasky
1993-94 Ofcr. Timothy R. Lambert
1994-95 Insp. Stephen J. Parkansky Jr.
1995-96 Ofcr. Michael Vangelo
1996-97 Det. Barry A. Golazeski
1997-98 Lt. Michael J. Orchulli
1998-99 Det. Samuel J. Lobb
1999-2000 Det. David Ryan
2000-01 Det. Robert Miranda
2001-02 N.Y.P.D. 9/11 Victims
2002-03 Det. Michael R. Gibiser
2003-04 Ofcr. Daniel J. Reagan
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