Officers, Civilians Recognized For Dedicated Service

By  //  May 16, 2014

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Chris Jones selected as officer of the year

Jessica Welzenbach was recognized Tuesday by the Palm Bay Police Department as the 2013 Civilian of the Year for exemplifying the skills, knowledge, and expertise as a Civilian as well as upholding the traditions of honor, integrity and honesty. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Jessica Welzenbach was recognized Tuesday by the Palm Bay Police Department as the 2013 Civilian of the Year for exemplifying the skills, knowledge, and expertise as a Civilian as well as upholding the traditions of honor, integrity and honesty. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Chief Doug Muldoon and members of the police department command staff along with the city manager and members of council recognized more than one dozen employees Tuesday night for their dedication to duty and exceptional level of service throughout 2013. 

The employees received awards for Officer of the Year, Civilian of the Year, Meritorious Service, Life Saving another acts of merit during the annual awards ceremony held Tuesday evening.

Deputy Mayor Ken Greene

Deputy Mayor Ken Greene

“Not everyone can do the job you all do,” said Deputy Mayor Ken Greene.  “You and your families risk so much to protect us, and for that I am grateful.”  Councilwoman Michele Paccione was also in attendance and stated, “You all go above and beyond every day, and I’m just so proud of our Palm Bay family.”  City Manager Sue Hann said,

“I see the results and they are huge for our community.  I want to say how proud I am of the job you do.  You make Palm Bay an awesome place to be.”

Among the award recipients was Officer Chris Jones who was recognized as the department’s 2013 Officer of the Year.

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Palm Bay Police Officer of the Year Chris Jones, left, has been with the department for more than five years and in 2013 he excelled as a leader in juvenile issues. Chief Muldoon, right, noted one case in particular that stood out involving two suspects arrested for 24 counts of human trafficking, 24 counts of child abuse and 8 counts of employing a minor in violation of child labor laws. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Doug Muldoon

Doug Muldoon

“Officer Jones is working with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in pursuit of federal charges in this case,” Chief Muldoon read from the nomination letter.”

“But it’s not just this one case that stands out. It’s the full body of work being produced by Officer Jones on a regular basis that makes him the best of the best in 2013 and we are so proud to honor him as our Officer of the Year.”

Jessica Welzenbach was selected as the department’s 2013 Civilian of the Year.  Welzenbach is assigned as a secretary in the Support Services Division.  Part of her responsibilities include assisting the training and recruiting division with backgrounds for police officer candidates. In 2013, a record number of background investigations were processed for 158 police recruits.  Welzenbach also plays a critical role in maintaining the training database records which is required in order to maintain certification.

“We really could not be the agency we are without her dedication, attention to detail and consistent level of hard work,” Chief Muldoon said.  “Jessica not only goes above and beyond to keep things in order here, she also invests much of her time to make a positive impact in the community through charitable events including the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, SWAT Roundup fundraising and our annual Reindeer Run that gives Christmas to nearly 100 local children.”

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Officer CJ Woronka, right, was awarded the life saving award by the Palm Bay Police Department Tuesday. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

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Among the Community Service Winners were Dana Packard, Sgt. David Weber, Cpl. Ed Bermudez, Officer Glenn Garceau and Nancy St. Pierre. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

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Sgt. Tina Hensel, center, was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Palm Bay Police Department Tuesday. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

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Officer James Carroll, right, was awarded with the Meritorious Service Award Tuesday by the Palm Bay Police Department. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

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Jennifer Marrero, right, holds up her Meritorious Service. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

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Captain Jim Rogers, right, was awarded the Chief’s Leadership Award Tuesday night by Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon, left. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)


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