City Receives National Department of Defense Award for Support of Military Officers

By Chief Fred Maas….

Commissioners Isaac Aelion and George “Bud” Scholl, Michael Mills, Katherine and Tracey Maas, Chief Fred Maas, Officers Albert Porro and Melissa Porro, Mayor Norman S. Edelcup, Commissioner Jeanette Gatto, Vice Mayor Lewis J. Thaler

On Thursday, April 21, 2011, Mr. Michael Mills representing the National Committee for Employee Support of Guard and Reserve Officers presented a very special award to the City of Sunny Isles Beach for their continued support of military officers returning home from war. Why is this award so significant? Well, for several reasons, the most important being the humanistic side of their support. Unbelievable as it may seem, there are so many places where military officers have returned home after deployment to war, only to find their jobs eliminated, or changed. However, in Sunny Isles Beach, their position was of support and caring and welcome home to our soldiers and “we kept your job open for you.” And this commission thru the City Manager’s Office, did even more I assure you.

Because of the support he received, Officer Albert Porro nominated his employer, the City of Sunny Isles Beach for recognition as to how an employer SHOULD treat their military soldiers both while deployed and upon their return home. They are the soldiers who keep us all safe from foreign attacks and terrorism. Many of them paid the ultimate price.

In a previous article, I spoke of how Officer Porro was so grateful to the Mayor and Commission and Manager for the reception and warm welcome he received upon his year of active war deployment. Now, it was the City who received recognition for the treatment, style and class they exhibit to their employees, especially the military ones. Chief Maas had the honor of accepting the award on behalf of the City because Albert Porro works for your Sunny Isles Beach Police Department.

Congratulations to our Commissioners, our Community and our employees! And a special thank you to Mr. Michael Mills, a recently retired Assistant Police Chief for his dedication to this noble cause and effort.

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