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MARCO ISLAND — Marco Island's police officer of the year was announced Tuesday before the Police Foundation's featured guest, State Senator Garrett Richter, at the Hideaway Beach Club.
Police Foundation President Dick Shanahan announced Lt. Pete Beucler as the Marco Island 2008 Police Officer of the Year to Beucler's complete surprise.
Beucler held up the award and thanked his fellow officers saying he couldn't do it without them.
Among the many attributes that led to the award, Shanahan and Police Chief Thom Carr, described Beucler as having a tremendous work ethic.
Beucler started with the Marco Island Police Department in December 2000 and was promoted to lieutenant in August 2008.
"He is an advocate for education," Shanahan said.
Beucler recently completed management courses and is pursuing a bachelors degree in criminal justice.
State Senator Garrett Richter, the guest speaker at the luncheon, cheered for Beucler.
Richter said his primary goal in Tallahassee is working on creating a balanced budget in challenging economic times for Florida and the nation.