May 23, 2013
Local law enforcement took a night to recognize some of the hard work they do all year long.
The 18th annual Albemarle County Police Foundation Awards Banquet recognized the service of the men and women of the agency.
One person honored was Officer Timothy Carrico. He received the Lifesaving Award for giving CPR to a man who, when Carrico arrived at a scene, was unconscious and didn't have a pulse. Carrico administered CPR until rescue workers arrived. Because he recieved CPR, the man's pulse returned and he made a full recovery.
"This type of incident is why we all get into police work....to be there and help someone in the community when they're in dire need and be able to have such a positive outcome from that," said Officer Carrico. "A lot of times we respond to things that have already happened and we're there to pick up the pieces."
The event also recognized the Non-sworn Employee of the Year as Ms. Kim Bunch and the Officer of the Year as Detective Michael Arcoraci. Lieutenant Pete Mainzer received the Chief's Eagle Award.
Officer Andrew Gluba, Jr., Officer Jason Marden, Corporal Kanie Richardson, and Officer William Underwood received the Valor Award for their deliberate and decisive work in the Rio Mills Road murder-suicide in December 2012.
The four men put "their own personal safety at risk in an attempt to rescue and save the life on an innocent citizen," read host Steve Rappaport.
"They work so hard. Many of them put their life on the line for our citizens and it's just a time to recognize them. And for me it's exciting, it's fun, and it's rewarding, and it's an honor," said Albemarle County Police Colonel Steve Sellers.
This year the Police Foundation incorporated the ACPD's 30th anniversary into the night and invited retirees and volunteers into Thursday night's celebration.
The Albemarle County Police Foundation hosted the event to thank Albemarle County Police Department employees.