Knights of Columbus Council 8601’s annual Public Service Awards were scheduled for presentation during ceremonies at a 6 p.m. Saturday steak dinner in the St. Patrick Church Family Center.
The Service Awards are given annually “to honor those people in public service who take care of us year round and say ‘Thank You,’” for duty above and beyond those of the norm, David B. Fazekas, of Council 8601, said in announcing the names of those to be honored.
The supervisors and/or chiefs of each agency were invited to attend the ceremony to present the award to the person in their department receiving the award and to say a few words on the recipient’s behalf, Fazekas said.
The award recipients and presenters taking part this year were:
- Jeremy Wood, Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Service.
EMS Director Chad Guillot to present Service Award to Wood, according to citation, “For outstanding performance in his duties above and beyond those expected.”
- Dennis Jenkins, fire investigator, Baton Rouge Fire Department.
Fire Chief Ed Smith to present Service Award to Jenkins, who has been with the Fire Department for 28 years and recently, according to citation, “due to his investigative procedure, and tireless efforts, a career criminal was arrested and convicted and taken off of the streets of Baton Rouge. The criminal was investigated for arson, but was involved in several other criminal activities.”
- Police Sgt. Robert McGarner, Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project Division, also known as BRAVE, Baton Rouge Police Department.
Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. to present Service Award to McGarner, according to citation, “For duties performed on the job which are outstanding and setting an example for all in any occupation.”
- State Trooper James McGehee, Louisiana State Police Troop A.
Troop Commander Capt. William Davis to present Service Award to McGehee, according to citation, “For outstanding service of his duties with understanding and concern for all involved.”