CPF Inaugural Awards Recognizing Excellence in Community Service throughout the City

The Cleveland Police Foundation 4th District Award winners proudly display their plaques. L to R:  Elaine Gohlstin, Safety Director Michael McGrath, CPF President Thomas Stone, PO Carl Perkins, Det. Kevin Callahan, Debra Lewis-Curlee, and Chief Calvin Williams.

The Cleveland Police Foundation 4th District Award winners proudly display their plaques. L to R: Elaine Gohlstin, Safety Director Michael McGrath, CPF President Thomas Stone, PO Carl Perkins, Det. Kevin Callahan, Debra Lewis-Curlee, and Chief Calvin Williams.

Early in 2014 the CPF established three awards to be bestowed annually to a citizen, a police officer and a community group, organization or business for going above and beyond the call of duty in giving back to the community.

First up was the 4th District.

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 the 33rd Annual Fourth District Police Community Relations Awards Dinner was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 10808 Granger Rd. in Garfield Heights. Among the huge crowd in attendance were Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Safety Director Michael Mcgrath, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, and many other city officials, police officers, dignitaries and community leaders.

Commander Deon McCaulley welcomes long time Fourth District residents Betty Rodes (on left), and Linda Lewis  (on right) to the ceremony.

Commander Deon McCaulley welcomes long time Fourth District residents Betty Rodes (left) and Linda Lewis (right) to the ceremony.

Also attending were the Cleveland Police Foundation’s President Thomas Stone, and Community Partnership Coordinator Bob Guttu, to present the CPF’s inaugural Community Service Awards. The recipients were nominated by 4th District Commander Deon McCaulley, who praised and thanked all the awards recipients for their community service. The CPF awards were a small part of the overall ceremony in which numerous police officers and citizens were recognized for excellence.

Receiving the CPF’s police award for their outstanding work in handling missing persons investigations in District 4 were Patrol Officer Carl Perkins and Detective Kevin Callahan.

The citizen selected to be recognized by the CPF was Debra Lewis-Curlee, a long- time Mt. Pleasant resident who has served as both a director in the Mt. Pleasant Community Zone, and Ward 2 Democratic President for six years.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams thanks Betty Rodes for her support and for attending the award presentations.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams thanks Betty Rodes for her support and for attending the award presentations.

Finally the organization recognized was the Harvard Community Services Center, selected for their dedication to the community while providing programs for families in need, children, and senior citizens. Accepting the award was The Harvard Community Services Center’s Director Elaine Gohlstin.

The Cleveland Police Foundation wishes to thank Fourth District Commander Deon McCaulley for his assistance with nominating the recipients, and for inviting us to participate in the ceremony.

Congratulations to all the award winners and sincere thanks for your excellent community service!


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