Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Plano Chapter #37 paid tribute to a number of Team Plano first responders. SAR members John Ray (president) and Dan Reed (V.P. of awards and medals) presented Public Service Awards to four outstanding employees during a recent City Council meeting:
Sgt. Kanvin Raven, Peace Officer of the Year
Police Chief Greg Rushin explained a committee solicits nominations in a number of categories with Peace Officer of the Year being the highest honor. He shared some of the reasons Kanvin is the right choice for this award:
Chief Rushin added, “Kanvin serves the citizens as a professional and compassionate police officer. He not only maintains the community’s trust but reinforces the legitimacy of the police.
Sgt. Ravin said, “This was a calling for me. I’ve been successful in my career, but it’s because of the people…those inside and outside of the department. I brag all over the country about our police and fire department and about the people we serve.”
Anthony DiMarco, Firefighter of the Year
Fire Chief Sam Greif was clearly pleased with his peer committee’s selecting Anthony for this award. As it turns out, he was the department’s Paramedic of the Year in 2017. Here are some details listed in his nomination form:
Chief Greif added, “It says something about the person who earns the departments highest honors two years in a row. Anthony does Plano proud every day – whether he’s wearing the Plano Fire-Rescue uniform or the Texas Task Force 1 uniform. Plus, he’s one of the most humble men I know.”
Anthony said, “This is a very big honor for me because I just try to do the best I can with the great support I have from the department.”
Chance Roberts, Paramedic of the Year
Again, Chief Greif got to brag on one of his own:
“He takes pride in mentoring the new paramedics. If you’re having a medical emergency, Chance is the guy you want to see standing over you,” said the Chief.
Chance spoke to the audience, “Plano is exactly what I was looking for when I came here four years ago. This is an amazing department that functions at a high-level of EMS care. I appreciate this recognition.”
Chonia Williams, PSC Communications Specialist of the Year
A beaming Susan Carr, director of public safety communications, was joined by Michelle Haggerty (PSC administrative office manager) and Dana Mays (PSC operations manager) to acknowledge the outstanding work of one of their own:
Chonia thanked the citizens and the SAR for the award, adding, “We don’t often receive recognition from the community, but when we do…it’s exciting!”
Each award recipient received a certificate and medal from the Sons of the American Revolution Plano Chapter along with the gratitude of City Council.
Watch the Council presentations.