Above and beyond: Sheriff's Office corporal honored with Distinguished Public Service Award

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, left, and Paul Hobaica, the medical director at Arthrex Medical Center and 2012 Distinguished Public Service Awards Committee chair, right, congratulate Carmine Marceno on receiving the Distinguished Public Service Award in the Life and Safety Support category. 
  
 Bob Raymond/Special to the Citizen

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Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, left, and Paul Hobaica, the medical director at Arthrex Medical Center and 2012 Distinguished Public Service Awards Committee chair, right, congratulate Carmine Marceno on receiving the Distinguished Public Service Award in the Life and Safety Support category. Bob Raymond/Special to the Citizen

Corporal Carmine Marceno of the Collier County Sheriff's Office. 
  
 Lance Shearer/Citizen Correspondent

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Corporal Carmine Marceno of the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Lance Shearer/Citizen Correspondent

Heroes come in many guises. The men and women of our public service agencies go above and beyond the call of duty, often with no recognition or acclaim, on a regular basis as they keep the rest of us safe and secure.

The Distinguished Public Service Awards, established nine years ago in a cooperative effort by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Naples Daily News, are designed to give those outstanding public servants a little of the recognition they deserve for their deeds and their efforts. This year's awards were presented in a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel on US 41, before a group of 225 chamber members and first responders.

This year's recipients are Lieutenant Bobby Allen (Collier County Emergency Medical Services), Sergeant Kristin Shiner (Collier County Sheriff's Office), Trooper John Catani (Florida Highway Patrol), Firefighter Manny Morales (East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District) and Corporal Carmine Marceno (Collier County Sheriff's Office).

"For far too long the courageous acts of our public safety professionals have gone unnoticed," said Paul Hobaica, medical director at Arthrex Medical Center and 2012 Distinguished Public Service Awards Committee chair. "Everyone's standard of living is bolstered by the fact that we are fortunate enough to have these brave men and women who dedicate their lives to serving their community. It is for this purpose that we choose to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of some of these professionals through the Distinguished Public Service Awards."

The awards ceremony was emceed by Jeff Lytle, editorial page editor of the Naples Daily News, and led off by a beautifully sung rendition of the national anthem by Ave Maria University music student Vanessa Tompkins. Over the coming weeks, the Collier Citizen is highlighting each of the five recipients.

Collier County Sheriff's Office Corporal Carmine Marceno

The category of Life and Safety Support is new in 2012. The award recognizes a person in a public safety role "who has gone above and beyond to further the efforts of those on the front line by doing a stellar job of fulfilling their role," said Chamber Senior Vice President Brenda O'Connor.

The initial honoree in this category, Corporal Carmine Marceno of the Collier County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), was cited not for a moment of heroism, but for the way he goes about his job each and every day. Marceno was recognized for his continuous efforts addressing the safety concerns of the Pelican Bay community. Marceno, a nine-year CCSO veteran, is assigned to the sheriff's North Naples district.

"Carmine consistently strives to create an environment in which the citizens, shoppers, business representatives and community leaders of Pelican Bay become intimately involved in working co-actively with law enforcement to address the actual incidents as well as any perception of crime activity," CCSO Operations Chief James Bloom wrote in his nomination letter. "Due to Carmine's leadership and initiative, the various elements within Pelican Bay have gained a more accurate picture of the environment in which they live, work and shop, and the relationship between the citizens and law enforcement has become significantly enhanced."

That's how Marceno, a native of New York's Long Island, sees his role.

"I'm a liaison between law enforcement and the community at large," he said, walking the courtyards in the Waterside Shops, part of his North Naples and Pelican Bay beat. He is a master of the soft touch, of "policing by walking around."

"I walk into these stores, I know all the managers, and they know me," said Marceno. "In the Community Policing Unit, what we do is build up relationships, and then use those relationships to problem solve. We let people put a face and a name together, and have a contact in the Sheriff's Office."

As an example, Marceno, who recently turned 40, used a noise complaint. A standard patrol deputy, he said, would simply take down the information. "I research it, look for a middle ground, and see what we can do to make two neighbors happy."

For his ubiquitous presence and service to the area, Marceno has become known as "the mayor of North Naples." Even though he's doing his patrolling in the affluent neighborhoods and shopping centers of North Naples and Pelican Bay, Marceno carries a Glock and a Taser, and wears bullet-resistant body armor. He has patrolled in Immokalee and elsewhere, and has had to draw his weapon in the line of duty.

Of the three law enforcement agencies where he has worked, Marceno said there is none that compares to the Collier sheriff's team.

"I love what I do," he said. "Every day, when I get up, I feel blessed."

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