Awards Ceremony

2016 Awards Ceremony 

Unit Citation: 

Records Clerk Metayer and Clerical Specialist Medina for their outstanding work during the three year CALEA
re-accreditation process.

Unit Citation: 

December 22, 2015-Sanctuary Cove

Officer Zuccarelli with the assistance of Palm Beach Gardens Sergeant Mull and Palm Beach Gardens Officers Towel, Stelika, Tayagolu, Batista, and Rose apprehended five suspects that were involved in committing multiple vehicle burglaries in Sanctuary Cove.

Unit Citation: 

May 30, 2016-IHop Restaurant

Sergeant Yungk, Officer Lopez, Bearsby, Lerner, McCoy, Bussek received information from Martin County Sheriff’s Office that a suicidal male with active burglary warrants may travel to the area.  Officers searched the area and located the subject in the I-Hop parking lot and upon contact he dove into the waterway and officers subsequently brought the suicidal male back to land to receive mental health evaluation.

Unit Citation: 

July 21, 2016-1125 Sanctuary Cove Drive

Captain Coliskey, Sergeant Ortiz, Pearson and Mekoliavitch, Detective Piotrowski, Aldridge and Mattino, Officer Abramczyk, Mize, Miller, Lopez, Ciezak, Kaminski and K9 Cole for the TNT deployment operation during the execution of a search warrant that resulted from a death investigation.

Unit Citation: 

September 21, 2016-100 Doolen Court

Sergeant Council, Officer Mize, Zuccarelli, Lew and LeJeune for apprehending a burglar that was breaking into several vehicles on Castlewood Drive that in order to evade police broke into an occupied dwelling on Doolen Court.

Award of Achievement: 

Criminal Intelligence Analyst Longchamps for her exceptional abilities as an analyst that include her assisting with developing pertinent information that has led to identifying suspects in several major cases.

Medal of Achievement: 

Officer Swindle is a lead advisor of the Explorers Program.  She raised over $1,000 in donations towards the program this year.  In addition to completing her mandatory hourly requirements with the Reserve Program, Officer Swindle has volunteered over 250 hours of her time to the agency.  This has included patrol coverage, burglary suppression operations and community events. 

Medal of Achievement: 

Officer Hachigian developed a comprehensive traffic safety program that led the agency to place fourth in the state of Florida and receive $10,000 from the Department of Transportation which purchased a speed trailer, traffic laser and LED flares.   

Medal of Achievement:

Sergeant Pearson for implementing Smart Water CSI and other community policing programs which assisted officers in the performance of their duties.

Exceptional Service Award: 

February 4, 2016-Prosperity Farms Road

K9 Officer Kaminski demonstrated genuine concern for two stranded juvenile motorists by locating their family and was recognized by a Rabbi for his appreciation stating that he was grateful to Officer Kaminski for ensuring safety and public service.

Medal of Commendation: 

December 15, 2015-Islamic Center of the Palm Beaches-101 Castlewood Drive

IT Director Applegate, Detective Piotrowski and Aldridge for their exceptional investigation of a burglary/criminal mischief that occurred at the Islamic Center of the Palm Beaches.  IT Director Applegate retrieved video surveillance of the suspect which was immediately used in a press release.  This information resulted in tips that led detectives to the suspect.  Detective Piotrowski and Aldridge with the assistance of the FBI were able to obtain a full confession from the suspect who received the enhanced penalty of a Hate Crime.

Medal of Commendation:

Reserve Commander Sandman, Reserve Sergeant Wiggs, Sergeant Yungk, and Officer Hachigian for their dedication and commitment to the training program.

Medal of Commendation: 

March 10, 2016-513 Greenway Drive

Detective Collura, Officer Ciezak, Palm Springs Police Officers Avella and Perez for the arrest that resulted from a vehicle burglary in which the suspect stole a wallet which was tracked to three suspects in Palm Springs.  Two of the suspects were located immediately and the third was attempting to flee to avoid prosecution.  Palm Springs Officers Avella and Perez searched multiple locations throughout the city for the suspect and located him at a convenient store where he was taken into custody. 

Medal of Commendation: 

May 15, 2016-312 Northlake Drive

Officer Lew apprehended a burglar that was prowling in a residential neighborhood overnight.  The suspect was observed entering vehicles parked along Northlake Court with the stolen property from the victims in his backpack.  Officer Lew recovered the property and returned it to the victims.

Medal of Commendation: 

November 17, 2015-773 Lagoon Drive

Sergeant Yungk, Officer Lerner and K9 Officer Kaminski’s prompt response and coordinated search effort for a stolen vehicle that resulted from a residential burglary at this location.  The suspect was apprehended in a nearby residential area attempting to flee to avoid capture.  Through these officers thorough investigation, they were able to link this suspect to another unreported residential burglary in Riviera Beach and recovered $500.00 in stolen property that was returned to the victim. 

Medal of Commendation:

January 21, 2016-Weetaw Lane

Sergeant Ortiz was conducting burglary suppression on Castlewood Drive and noticed a suspicious person attempting to gain entry to vehicles in that area.  Sergeant Ortiz approached the suspect on foot to gain a tactical advantage which led to the apprehension of the suspect without incident.

Medal of Commendation: 

March 4, 2016-521 Northlake Blvd Suite 4

Detective Collura investigated Joseph Schiavone for defrauding multiple customers with improper loan modifications totaling over $10,000.  Detective Collura met with numerous victims and as a result Schiavone was convicted on several counts of Grand Theft and Money Laundering.  As a result of this case being publicized, other victims have come forward and Detective Collura has filed 8 additional cases with the State Attorney’s Office totaling $300,000.

Medal of Commendation: 

May 20, 2016-855 Fathom Road

Officer Mize, K9 Officer Kaminski, and K9 Cole.  Officer Mize observed a suspicious person on a bicycle wearing a backpack in an area that recently had multiple auto burglaries.  The subject fled in the Lakeside Drive area where Officer Mize setup a perimeter and requested K9 assistance.  Officer Kaminski and K9 Cole apprehended the suspect while in the commission of a burglary on Fathom Road.

Medal of Commendation: 

September 26, 2016-450 Ocean Drive-Juno Beach

Sergeant Council, Officer Mize, and Officer Zuccarelli for their active involvement during a pursuit with Juno Beach Police Department that resulted in four suspects being arrested for multiple auto burglaries, fleeing and eluding and Aggravated Assault on LEO when the driver intentionally struck Officer Mize’s patrol vehicle.

Medal of Commendation: 

July 21, 2016-1125 Sanctuary Cove Drive

Detective Collura was the lead investigator on a death investigation that began as a possible Homicide Investigation.  Detective Collura successfully executed a search warrant at the location where the firearm was sold from (833 Westwind Drive).  Detective Collura exceptionally cleared the case as a suicide and as a direct result of the search warrant exceptionally cleared two auto burglaries where two firearms were stolen and a fleeing to elude incident which resulted in the recovery of a stolen firearm.

Medal of Commendation: 

July 22, 2016-1125 Sanctuary Cove Drive

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Pollock for his persistence during the search for a firearm that was used in a death investigation.  Corporal Pollock was the lead diver and it was his determination when others were prepared to call off the search that led to the recovery of the firearm that was submerged in the water in the immediate vicinity of where the juvenile’s body was recovered. 

Medal of Commendation:

August 9, 2016-605 Northlake Blvd (Big City Barbershop)

Detective Aldridge received notification from Palm Beach Gardens Police Department that a 13 yoa female juvenile was being targeted by an adult male employee at Big City Barbershop.  Detective Aldridge communicated with the suspect while using the juveniles Facebook profile.  The suspect was arrested and charged with Lewd/Lascivious Conduct with a juvenile under 16 yoa. Detective Aldridge’s prompt and thorough investigation prevented a predator from committing a serious sex crime against a child.

Chief’s Award of Excellence: 

December 15, 2015-Islamic Center of the Palm Beaches-101 Castlewood Drive

Assistant Special Agent in Charge D’Alonzo and Special Agent Thomas.  Thomas has worked two hate crimes with this agency and has extended herself as tremendous asset and crucial part of our investigative team.  Mr. D’Alonzo is a tireless leader who partners with the police chiefs in Palm Beach County in a time when inter-agency partnership is vital to National Security.

Citizen Lifesaving Award: 

November 23, 2015-Lakeside Park

John Kowal (Public Works Trade Mechanic) for his heroic effort when confronted in a dangerous situation with a mentally ill subject at Lakeside Park.

Lifesaving Award:

December 28, 2015-Earmin River

Officer Miller responded to a mentally disturbed male that jumped off the Prosperity Farms Road Bridge and into the intracoastal.  Officer Miller successfully de-escalated the situation by using his many years of law enforcement experience and Crisis Intervention Training.  Officer Miller jumped into the water to save the suicidal male from the strong current that he was fighting due to the extent of time that he was in the water.

Lifesaving Award: 

March 7, 2016-649 US Highway 1

Sergeant Yungk responded to a medical office involving an unresponsive elderly female that was not breathing and had no pulse.  Sergeant Yungk quickly determined that the female did not have a DNR and immediately performed CPR.  It was his decisive action that resuscitated the female where she ultimately survived the medical emergency.

Lifesaving Award: 

September 21, 2016-819 Northlake Blvd (Chevron)

Sergeant Council, Officer Mize and LeJeune for responding to a call of two unresponsive citizens in a vehicle.  Upon arrival the driver and passenger were unresponsive and blue resulting from a drug overdose. Officers immediately pulled them out of the vehicle and performed CPR for several minutes until Fire/Rescue arrived. 

Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Retired Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Anderson for his dedication and commitment to training as an integral part of the success of the North Palm Beach K9 Unit.  Lieutenant Anderson is 39 year veteran and a certified trainer and judge for four National Organizations.  He began working with Police K9’s in 1976 and is a consultant for the government in terrorism as it relates to the use of explosive detection canines.

Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Reserve Commander Sandman is a well-respected trainer throughout the country and is a key component to the training program at North Palm Beach.

Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Reserve Commander Mildworm has served 40 years in law enforcement with NYPD, the US Marshall Service and NPBPD where he mentored most of our current supervisors with his vast knowledge and law enforcement experience.

Volunteer of the Year: 

Janessa Breuer is a Criminal Justice graduate from Florida State University.  She began her internship with North Palm Beach Police Department while seeking a career in the law enforcement field.  She volunteered over 100 hours of service to the agency and assisted within several units within the department to include Criminal Investigations, Records and Administration.

Civilian of the Year: 

Andrew Agnew volunteers as an Explorer and works as a School Crossing Guard.  He has been trained to observe and report suspicious activity within the community and has alerted officers to information that he observes while at his post.  Andrew Agnew is genuinely a compassionate and helpful individual that desires to make change within the community by becoming a Police Officer after attending the academy.

John S Atwater Officer of the Year: 

Officer Ciezak has provided several investigatory leads and has worked collaboratively with Criminal Investigations following cases from intake through the resolution process.  Officer Ciezak reviewed video surveillance of several burglary cases and recalled a recent officer safety bulletin that he had seen from Jupiter PD.  He informed detectives that the suspect from the bulletin resembled a male in the video surveillance from our burglary cases.  Surveillance of the suspect’s residence revealed a stolen vehicle in his driveway from a case in North Palm Beach.  The suspect was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Motor Vehicle and several charges of auto burglary.  

  • Developed a suspect for the Sandpiper, Teal and Robin auto burglaries that led to two physical arrests
  • Recovered a stolen vehicle in Osborne Park that contained items from auto burglaries in North Palm Beach which resulted in the clearance for the auto burglaries and an occupied residential burglary and cleared 6 additional cases
  • Coordinator and Supervisor of the Honor Guard
  • Researched and developed an agency flag for ceremonies
  • Trained 4 new officers as a Field Training Officer
  • TNT Team Member

Medal of Valor and Lifesaving Award: 

October 16, 2016-100 Doolen Court

Officer Mize, Officer LeJeune, and Officer Lew responded to a residential structure fire.  Upon arrival, officers observed smoke coming from the closed front door and windows of the residence.  Without hesitation, Officer Mize broke the glass window on the front door to gain entry to the condominium.  Once inside, he observed an elderly male later identified as Lester Eric Lehman unconscious on the floor.  Officer Mize crawled to the rear of the burning residence and dragged the victim to a safe location.  Once outside Officer LeJeune and Officer Lew fought through the exposure and continued CPR while experiencing severe symptoms of the smoke inhalation that resulted from the rescue. Lehman was transported by Fire/Rescue to a medical facility in critical condition where he lived for nine days following the fire. 










  1. Officer of The Year Award
  2. Employee of The Year
  3. Past Officer of The Year
  4. Past Employee of The Year

      Officer of the Year Award

  • 2016 Officer Edward Ciezak 
  • 2015 Detective Salvatore Mattino 
  • 2014 Detective Michael Piotrowski 
  • 2013 Field Training Sergeant Henry Maki 
  • 2012 K9 Officer James Kaminski
  • 2011 Sergeant Keith Koenig
  • 2011 Detective Kenneth Mildworm
  • 2010 Officer Louis Pearson
  • 2009 Detective Joseph Yungk
  • 2008 Officer Angela Dallesandro
  • 2007 Detective Stephanie Joyce