For Immediate Release
May 12, 2015
Contact: Nicole Lesson
Mayor Michael Pizzi, Councilman Nelson Rodriguez, Councilman Tim Daubert, Councilman Ceasar Mestre, and Councilman Frank Mingo joined police and fire personnel and their families for a delicious breakfast, award presentations for Public Servant of the Year, Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year and other recognitions. In addition, attendees won raffle prizes from local businesses including Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Miami Lakes Alehouse, Miami Lakes Sports Grill, the Miami Lakes Sports Shop and Outback Steakhouse.
Police Major Gene Dieppa presented Service Aid Kenyai Campbell with the Public Servant of the Year Award for his commitment to the community, quality service and dedication to his duties. Campbell serves as the sole Public Service Aide in the Town and this past year handled over 400 calls for service, investigated 273 traffic crashes and issued 123 uniform traffic citations. Campbell is always willing to assist the policing unit as well as enthusiastically assisted in the many Town sponsored events throughout the years.
Dieppa also presented the Officer of the Year Award to Detective Mark Ray assigned to the Town of Miami Lakes General Investigations Unit. Ray has continuously demonstrated a true passion and enthusiasm for criminal investigations and achieved numerous results with identifying and arresting several criminals. Ray is also known for being a team player and never hesitates to assist or take on additional responsibilities.
Additional service recognitions were given to Officers Ricardo Luis and Daniel Rios for their service with the United States Marine Corp and to Officer Juan Rodriguez his service with the United States Army.
Central Operations Division Fire Chief Paul Smith presented the Firefighter of the Year Award to Lieutenant Mitchel Perlstein, who has been stationed at Station 64 for 10 years and commended for his exemplary work in the department.
The Town’s Public Safety Committee also presented a special recognition to Police Major Dieppa for his devotion and service to Miami Lakes, where he is charged with directing the daily law enforcement operations, accomplishing the Town’s priorities, managing the delivery for police services and ensuring that the policing needs of the residents are adequately met. Major Dieppa has served as a police officer for almost 40 years and dedicated his last five years of service to the Town of Miami Lakes, making it one of the safest communities in South Florida.