By Stephanie Neeley
The Delray Beach Elks Lodge recently honored four public servants for their outstanding work in the community over the past year.
They were chosen by their supervisor or department head and were recognized at the Lodge’s annual dinner awards night.
The honor of Police Officer of the Year went to Sgt. Nicole Guerriero and Det. Adrian Rackauskas for their countless hours of dedication to area youth. They are involved with the Delray Beach Holiday Toy Drive, the Department’s Literacy Program, they mentor teenagers at Atlantic High School Criminal Justice Program and Police Explorers Program, they sponsor and volunteer at sports related camps as well as serve as chaperone for Kids and Cops field trips.
Firefighter/Parametic of the Year was awarded posthumously to Eric Patrie who died from cancer last year. Patrie’s supervisor selected him because he was an outstanding person and extremely good at his job as well as because of the lifelong impact he left on his department.
Ocean Rescue of the Year went to Operations Supervisor/EMT Eric Feld for his years of service as a training officer.
“He has served on too many committees to mention and has done a great job with the Citizens, Students and First Responders of the year awards,” said Carol Dugan, spokeswoman for the organization.
Dugan was named Delray Beach Elks Lodge Officer of the Year for her work in community activities and public relations.
“She gets the Elks name out in the community and makes The Elks known for who they are and what they stand for,” said Elks president Wendy Huff. “And for all the time she spends helping around the elks beyond her duties as Treasurer and Chairman of The Elks Public Relations Committee.
The Elks women’s axillary called the Elkettes picked Vice President Laurie Rodriguez for outstanding work in all areas of Elkdom.
Another special award went to Joe Civitano to recognize his patriotic and fraternal accomplishments. Civitano recently received France’s Legion of Honor Medal. He also was appointed a “Chevalier” (Knight) of the Legion of Honor.
“This award is a sign of France’s infinite gratitude and appreciation of Joe’s precious contribution to the United States and his decisive role in the liberation of France in World War II” Huff said.