A Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s public service and “go-getter” attitude have earned him a prestigious award.
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Naples Daily News, honored Cpl. Robert Lewis III with the 2015 Distinguished Public Service Award in Law Enforcement on Wednesday.
Members of law enforcement, fire departments and rescue crews were honored at a ceremony attended by more than 200 people at the Hilton Naples, 5111 U.S. 41 N.
The annual awards recognize exceptional contributions, whether a single act or career service, by a public service professional.
CCSO Chief of Investigations Jim Williams was keynote speaker.
Cpl. Lewis was recognized for his performance this year, which included 49 DUI arrests, 15 drug arrests 24 driving with no license arrests, 27 other arrests, 454 citations, and 1,236 warnings. He also conducted 66 vehicle crash investigations.
“Cpl. Robert Lewis’ hard work, dedication and loyalty to the Sheriff’s Office have earned him the reputation of being a go-getter and an effective deputy,’’ Sgt. Jacques Pan-Kita wrote in a letter nominating Cpl. Lewis for the award. “Cpl. Lewis does not stop until the job gets done.”
The 10-year CCSO veteran’s accomplishments included arresting four suspects in a North Naples convenience store robbery following a high-speed vehicle pursuit in April and rescuing a driver trapped inside a vehicle that had flipped over a guardrail and landed upside down in a canal. He also conducted two separate traffic stops in one night that led to the discoveries of significant amounts of marijuana inside the vehicles and the arrests of the drivers.
Additionally, Cpl. Lewis was recognized by the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his outstanding performance in DUI enforcement for the entire Southwest Florida region. His “ghost” vehicle was named Best Ford Police Interceptor Sedan in the nation by Law and Order magazine.
When he’s off duty, Cpl. Lewis attends Barry University, where he is working toward a bachelor’s degree.