Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chamber Honors 2 CCSO Deputies For Public Service

Two Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies were honored for their service to the community Wednesday.

The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Naples Daily News, honored Sgt. Kristin Shiner with the 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award for law enforcement and Cpl. Carmine Marceno with the 2012 Life and Safety Support Award at a breakfast ceremony at the Hilton Naples, 5111 U.S. 41 N.

The annual awards are conferred for outstanding professionalism and public service rendered by those in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical services, and life and safety support.

In addition to Sgt. Shiner and Cpl. Marceno, this year’s recipients are Lt. Bobby Allen of Collier County Emergency Medical Services, Trooper John Catani of the Florida Highway Patrol, and Firefighter Manny Morales of East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District.

“Everyone's standard of living is bolstered by the fact that we are fortunate enough to have these brave men and women who dedicate their lives to serving their community,” said Paul J. Hobaica, medical director at Arthrex Medical Center in North Naples and chairman of the 2012 Distinguished Public Service Awards Committee.

Sgt. Shiner, a nine-year CCSO veteran, supervises admissions and releases at the Collier County jail. She says she was just doing her job when she apprehended a suspected gunman on her day off.

Sgt. Shiner was at her home in Cape Coral reading a book July 25 when she heard gunshots. She immediately retrieved her duty weapon and raced toward the gunshots. She found a man facedown and bleeding in a driveway. While she was checking on the man, she heard the slide of a gun reloading.

She looked up to see a man in the garage holding a gun. She drew her gun and ordered him to drop his weapon. The man did so on the third command. Sgt. Shiner then held him at gunpoint until Cape police arrived and arrested him.

New this year was the Life and Safety Support Award, which was given to Cpl. Marceno. The award recognizes a person in a public safety role “who has gone above and beyond to further the efforts of those on the front line by doing a stellar job of fulfilling their role,” said Chamber Senior Vice President Brenda O’Connor.

Cpl. Marceno was recognized for his continuous efforts addressing the safety concerns of the Pelican Bay community. Cpl. Marceno, also a nine-year CCSO veteran, is assigned to the sheriff’s North Naples district.

“Carmine consistently strives to create an environment in which the citizens, shoppers, business representatives, and community leaders of Pelican Bay become intimately involved in working co-actively with law enforcement to address the actual incidents as well as any perception of crime activity,” CCSO Operations Chief James Bloom wrote in his nomination letter. “Due to Carmine’s leadership and initiative, the relationship between the various elements within Pelican Bay have gained a more accurate picture of the environment in which they live, work and shop, and the relationship between the citizens and law enforcement has become significantly enhanced.”

Keynote speaker at the ceremony was James J. Augustine, a nationally recognized leader in emergency medical services for 31 years. Master of ceremonies was Jeff Lytle, Naples Daily News editorial page editor.

Sponsors for the Distinguished Public Service Awards are CRS Technology Consultants and the Naples Daily News.

Cpl. Carmine Marceno accepts the Life and Safety Support Award on Wednesday.
Photos (2) by Cpl. Efrain Hernandez/CCSO

Sgt. Kristin Shiner accepts the Distinguished Public Service Award for law enforcement Wednesday.