On Saturday, Feb. 24, St. Petersburg Lodge held its 38th annual Law & Order Night dinner and program honoring men and women of nine Pinellas County police and fire departments and the Pinellas/Pasco State Attorney’s office. The co-chairmen for this event were Past District Deputies Toni Goodrich and Rudy Masi Sr. They consider hosting this event the highlight of their service to their community and the lodge.
State Prosecutor Bernie McCabe shared with the audience that he has been attending this award ceremony with his wife since 1993 and is delighted to do it as “The Elks are the only ones to recognize my prosecutors for the fine service they provide our community.” Lealman Fire Control District Chief Jim Millican was so impressed with the Elks that he accepted an offer to join the Elks organization and completed the application form to join St. Petersburg Lodge before going home.
Each honoree was introduced by their department leader who shared why the recipient deserved and earned the award. The event was sold out with many honorees’ friends and family attending in addition to members of St. Petersburg Lodge showing their appreciation to the first responders.
Pinellas Park High School students from the Criminal Justice Academy served the dinners during this special occasion. This academy is a four-year high school magnet program with an emphasis on law education. To show their appreciation, St. Petersburg Lodge presented the Criminal Justice Academy with a $1,000 donation. For entertainment, St. Petersburg’s Police Department K-9 Unit provided demonstrations of their officers and canine training exercises.
The following individuals were awarded Top in the Department in their chosen field by their peers and leaders for 2017.
Gulfport Police Dept.
Chief Rob Vincent presented Top Honor to Officer Jesse Kellington
Kenneth City Police Dept.
Chief Kevin Riley presented Top Honor to Officer Josua Beltran
Lealman Fire Control District
Division Chief Jim presented Top Honors to Firefighter Jonathon King and Firefighter/Paramedic Patrick McEntegart
Pinellas County Sheriff Office
Major David Danzig presented Top Honor to Sgt. Jon Tobeck
Pinellas Park Fire Dept.
Chief Brett Schlatterer presented Top Honors to Firefighter Daniel Schultz and Paramedic Andrew Hughes
Pinellas/Pasco County State Attorney’s Office
State Prosecutor Bernie McCabe presented Top Honor to Prosecutor Doneene Bryan Sarabia.
St. Petersburg Beach Fire Rescue
Chief and St. Petersburg Elk Jim Kilpatrick presented Top Honor to Firefighter Terry Perna
St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
Division Chief Michael Domante presented Top Honors to Firefighter Tommy Dorsey and Fire Officer Lt. Mike Sullivan
St. Petersburg Police Dept.
Chief Anthony Holloway presented Top Honors to District 3 Community Service Unit
Pictured are St. Petersburg Lodge Exalted Ruler, Bonnie Barnes; St. Petersburg Beach Fire Chief, Jim Kilpatrick; and 2017 Firefighter of the Year, Terry Perna.
Pictured are Gulfport Sergeant, Robert Burkhart; 2017 Gulfport Police Officer of the Year, Jessie Kellington; Gulfport Police Chief, Robert Vincent; and ER Bonnie Barnes.