Four of Savannah's Finest were honored for their hard work and extra effort.
The Exchange Club of Savannah selected Crime Prevention Officer Barry Lewis as the SCMPD's "Officer of the Year"; Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin was named "Civilian of the Year"; Det. Aulmon Giles was chosen as "Detective of the Year"; Lt. Dan Flood was named "Supervisor of the Year". The Exchange Club presented plaques and a monetary gift to each of awardees, a yearly tradition that dates back more than half a century.
APO Lewis was selected by the SCMPD as 2013 Officer of the Year because he epitomizes the department's Community Oriented Policing philosophy. APO Lewis joined the SCMPD in 2007 and is the CPO for Central Precinct. Last year APO Lewis planned five Roll Call in the Street events, Trick-or-Treating at Central Precinct and led toy and clothing drives for needy families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Sutherin joined the Animal Control Unit in 2011 and has been very instrumental in assisting with the large work load associated with the shelter. The 2013 Civilian of the Year cares for every visitor, co-worker and animal at the shelter. Last year Sutherin rescued 66 cats that were found abandoned in a Savannah home and remained on call during Savannah's recent ice storm for emergency situations.
2013 Detective of the Year Aulmon Giles is currently the longest serving member of the force, joining the department in 1975. Giles is an investigator for the Southside Precinct. He is known by all ranks of the department for his dedication to public service and his tenacity for cracking cases.
Lt. Dan Flood was selected as Supervisor of the Year because he leads by example and is often out on the street assisting his officers and detectives. Lt. Flood joined the department 19 years ago. He is currently a shift commander for the Southside Precinct and is the assistant commander of the SWAT team. Lt. Flood was recently part of a three-officer team who helped rescue a man with Alzheimer's who had wandered away and was neck deep in water in a nearby marsh.
After the Exchange Club presented their awards, Asst. Chief Terry Enoch thanked the members for their continued support.
The SCMPD will honor these employees at their next awards banquet on April 10.
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