January 21, 2014 was a very special day for two veteran officers of the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department. The prestigious Joe Borrell and William Parrillo Awards were presented on behalf of their families to Officer Norbie Alvarez and Javier Estevez, respectively.
For the 6th year in a row, the special presentation was made on behalf of two highly regarded, much respected professionals in their fields. Joe Borrell was an International Boxing Champion who is in the Hall of Fame and after his athletic career became a police chief in the field of law enforcement. He was best known for his qualities of courage, kindness, sense of fair play and interest in the development of young people. The recipient of the 2014 award was Norbie Alvarez, a veteran officer of over 20 years who depicts and emulates the qualities that go into the prestigious Borrell Award. On hand to make the personal presentation to Officer Alvarez was a most distinguished group that included our Mayor Norman Edelcup, who clears his calendar to attend each year because of the mutual respect he has for the Borrell Family and they for him. Also present were Judge John Gale former circuit court and administrative judge for Miami Dade County. His career spanned several decades and even Chief Maas recalled going before him as a young patrolman in the 70’s.
Also present were Larry Wilson, past president of the University of Miami Hall of Fame and historic athlete in both baseball and football for the University of Miami in the 60’s. Many of his records still stand at the
And most meaningful of all were the members of the Borrell Family, 3 generations, including grandson John, who was very proud to be a part of the presentation to Officer Alvarez. And of course the creator of the award and sponsor, Frank Borrell was extremely pleased to meet and present his annual award to such a deserving recipient. Officer Alvarez is the epitome of a community policing officer, expertly crafted for a position in Sunny Isles Beach.
Officer Javier Estevez was the recipient of the “Bill” Parrillo Award dedicated to knowledge, skills and safety in keeping the community secure. This motor officer is highly committed to the safety of the school children and the traffic issues that surround our school and city. He also emulates those qualities of Mr. Parrillo, a no-nonsense, hard working prosecutor who worked tirelessly for his victims.
Both these officers were extremely honored to have been chosen for these prestigious awards. Congratulations!