Melbourne Firefighter and Police Officers Recognized at the 2019 Valor Awards
City of Melbourne public safety personnel were among local heroes honored at the Melbourne Regional Chamber’s 11th Annual Valor Awards Banquet on August 22 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. Each year the Valor Awards honor local public safety and military personnel in the greater Melbourne area for acts above and beyond the call of duty. Multiple awards are presented to personnel, who were nominated by their respective chiefs and commanders, for putting themselves in harm's way to protect the citizens of our community. Melbourne Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Brent Dooley was awarded a Medal of Valor — the highest award for bravery and heroism. The Medal of Valor recognizes first responders who knowingly place their lives in peril of death or serious bodily harm while saving, or attempting to save, the lives of others. Melbourne Police Officer Victoria Faulk and Officer Peter Dolci were be honored with the Life Saving Award, which recognizes acts taken to rescue an individual whose life is in jeopardy.
Melbourne Fire Chief Chuck Bogle (left) congratulates Melbourne Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Brent Dooley at the 2019 Valor Awards Ceremony. (Image courtesy of the Melbourne Regional Chamber.)
Officer Peter Dolci (left) and Officer Victoria Faulk at the Valor Awards ceremony.
MLB Named Florida’s Commercial Service Airport of the Year
Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) has been named the state’s top commercial airport by Florida’s Department of Transportation (FDOT). “Being named Commercial Service Airport of the Year is a testament to Team MLB’s dedication to bettering our airport, our community and Florida aviation,” said Greg Donovan, A.A.E., executive director at Orlando Melbourne International (MLB). “All of the incredible work Team MLB has accomplished could not have been done without the continued support of the Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and Melbourne Airport Authority.” The award is selective to airports that have proven exceptional aviation safety, completed aesthetic improvements, and shown innovative management solutions throughout the year. MLB was applauded for a list of accomplishments including: rehabilitating all three runways, constructing a new air traffic control tower, a 26.5% increase in aircraft operations, a 4.7% increase in annual passengers and announcement of two new nonstop routes to Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington (DCA) on American Airlines, being awarded #1 most scenic airport approach in the U.S.A., adding Dunkin’ as a concessionaire, and completing Terminal Transformation Phase 1 reconstruction of the U.S. Customs Federal Inspection Station. Donovan also noted the award is proudly shared with all of MLB’s partners including tenants, passengers, community members, and construction contractors. Staff development was also recognized as a recent MLB success. Director of Operations Cliff Graham, C.M., Operations Manager Patrick Mac Carthaigh, C.M., and Communications Coordinator Rob Himler, C.M., have achieved Certified Member status with the American Association of Airport Executives in the past year.
Employee Excellence Award
Carol Burns, Human Resources Manager, was recognized with a City of Melbourne “Employee Excellence” Award by City Attorney Alison Dawley for her outstanding work related to a recent grievance arbitration. The City’s outside counsel recognized Carol’s meticulous and well-organized bargaining notes going back years and commended her for her “HUGE help as always” in commenting on the successful defense to the grievance. Carol has a model work ethic and consistently presents as a true professional. It is always a pleasure working with Carol as she represents the best of the City.
Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:
- Deborah Adams to Administrative Assistant II, Human Resources
- Braxton Ashley to Equipment Operator II, Streets Management
- Erik Bailey to Systems Analyst, Information Technology
- Steven Flowers to Code Compliance Inspector II, Code Compliance
- Michael Murray to Maintenance Crew Leader, Wastewater Collection
- Lisette Pappalardo to Administrative Assistant II, Police Support Services
- Linwood Rogers to Meter Service Worker, Customer Service
- John Warrington to Airport Terminal Operations Supervisor, Terminal Building and Area
Welcome New Employees
Pictured from left to right: Ladysro Garcia-Medina, Utility Billing and Collection; Michael Girardi, Recreation; Kevin Burns, Information Technology; Alison Blazewicz, Police Operations; Keely Carroll, Financial Services; Regina Fielding, Financial Services; Baylee Keener, Police Support Services; Jenny Pazderak, Eau Gallie Civic Center; Richard Alcorn, Eau Gallie Civic Center; Charles Carafano, Police Operations; Britni Arrington, Joseph Davis Community Center; Shawn Durgin, Police Operations; Lisa Cramer, Police Operations; Michael Reynolds, Water Production; Chad Quatruopolo, Water Production; Zachary Schwartz, Police Operations; Brian Thomas, Police Operations; Kayla Barrett, Police Support Services; Fayth Starr, Police Support Services.
Pictured from left to right: Stephen Greene, Parks Maintenance; Arlene Vinson, Information Technology; To’Varius Henderson, Eau Gallie Civic Center; Steven Wagner, Police Support Services; Robert Heisey, Recreation; Jessica Allen, Police Support Services; Jilliane Brayboy, Airport Police; John Barney, Police Support Services; Amanda Neal, Police Support Services; Robert Catanzano, Parks Maintenance.
- Hector Nazario, Water Reclamation Operations Supervisor, retired on July 31 after 35 years of service.
- Billy Williams, Streets & Stormwater Superintendent, retired on July 31 after 35 years of service.
- Doug Walraven, Custodian/Police, on August 9 after 18 years of service.
- Tom Long, Fleet Contracts/Purchasing Coordinator, retired on August 12 after 30 years of service.
- Greg Gonder, Equipment Operator I/Streets Management, retired on August 23 after 13 years of service.
- Henry Jackson, Equipment Operator I/Parks and Recreation, retired on August 30 after 15 years of service.
- Omega Donisi, Water Reclamation Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, retired on September 6 after 18 years of service.