First, Library Security Guard Patrick Brislin and Ground Maintenance Worker Kyle McCormick were recognized for their life-saving efforts of a Largo Public Library patron who stopped breathing outside the Library entrance. Both administered CPR to this man, and when Largo Fire Rescue arrived, they informed Kyle and Patrick that their actions saved the man's life.
Next, Children Program Supervisor Jennifer Fawcett was recognized for her diligent efforts to reunite a citizen with his child. After working the North Pole Express event, Jennifer was traveling home about 11:00pm down a winding road when she was flagged down in the dark by a panicked man who said his son ran away from home and he had been chasing after him. Jennifer could see the boy in the distance walking away and called the man’s wife as well as Largo Police to help. When Largo Police arrived, the man thanked Jennifer, and together with the police, was reunited with the boy.
Also, Housing Grants Specialist Arrow Woodard was recognized for her diligent efforts to serve those in need in the community. Examples included her instrumental involvement researching and coordinating funding for the Largo/Directions for Living Enriching Lives through Mental Health Services (ELMHS) partnership, which is now providing services to needy Largo residents. The program pairs a Largo Police officer with a Behavioral Health Navigator. Arrow also plays an active role in helping to end homelessness. She volunteered to be a trainer and coordinated Largo staff in the Homeless Point in Time (PIT) count. The PIT count is a tool to help identify those experiencing homelessness so that they may receive services.
Lastly, Permitting Services Supervisor Elissa Ables was honored for her passion to be the best Building Division in the County, give the best customer service daily and lead a team willing to go the extra step to see that they have done everything they can to assist their customers. In addition, Elissa recently went above and beyond to help prepare a team member for a successful interview for a new position at the City of Largo.