Kiwanis of Wilmington, Delaware Honors Wilmington Fire, Police and Paramedic Professionals

Posted on  02/20/2014 3:55 pm

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, The Kiwanis Club of Wilmington, Delaware, Inc. celebrated its Annual Civil Service Awards and Dinner at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington. The annual event recognized exemplary service of distinguished members of the Wilmington Police Department, Wilmington Fire Department and the Paramedics of New Castle County.

Honorees are:

Firefighter of the Year 2013 – Chaplain Deputy Chief Reverend Brad Martin. A 29-year veteran of the Department, Chaplain Deputy Chief Martin fills diverse roles in the spiritual leadership of the Department. His responsibilities with the Wilmington Fire Department has spanned from funerals, to weddings, to the various administrative changes in the Department during his tenure. Notably, Reverend Martin responds to working fires and fulfills his duties without any monetary assistance from the Department. Reverend Deputy Chief Martin has also been recognized as a recipient of the Department’s Unit and Francis J. Bredin Awards.

Police Officer of the Year 2013 – Officer Antonio Tiberi. Officer Tiberi graduated from the 94th Police Academy in 2010 and began a career characterized by professionalism and competency. His contributions to the safety of the North Side of Wilmington have included significant seizures of the gamut of illegal drugs and firearms. Additionally, his supervisor, Lieutenant Daniel Selekman, offered that Officer has an impressive work ethic and “quietly sets a standard on our platoon that we all strive for.”

Paramedics of the Year 2013 – Paramedic First Class Katherine Watts and Paramedic William Conklin from Medic 1, Paramedic First Class Matthew Mitchell and Paramedic Thomas Hobbs from Medic 8 and EMS Senior Lieutenant Joseph Dudley were all first responders to the report of a shooting with multiple victims at the New Castle County Court House, on February 11, 2013. Despite the extremely dynamic situation, often conflicting information during the crisis and the number and acute needs of victims of the shooter, each of the individual Paramedics managed the needs of each critical patient, despite the chaos of the scene and the potential of other shooters on scene. Their professional commitment was invaluable.

Kiwanis International is an international, coeducational service club founded in 1915. The Wilmington, Delaware Chapter was founded in 1918. The mission of the local and national organization centers around providing services and supports to children and the local community.