Cpl. William “Billy” Pschigoda, left, thanks his Collier County Sheriff’s Office co-workers for supporting him and his family through his recovery after he suffered severe head trauma on Dec. 5 when he was hit by a car while attempting to pull a stop-stick across Collier Boulevard to stop a suspect. The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce awarded Pschigoda and two other public servants, North Naples fire Capt. James Cunningham and Collier County EMS Lt. Tim McGeary, with the Distinguished Public Service award. The award recognizes contributions by individuals to their respective public service profession and their service to the Collier community. “Billy is just a legend among the deputies,” says Chuck Montgomery, a sheriff’s deputy and friend of Pschigoda. “He’s so well thought of and just a role model for most of us.” Pschigoda says if it weren’t for Collier firefighters and EMS helping him so quickly after he the car hit him, he wouldn’t have been around to accept the award.

Photo by LEXEY SWALL, Daily News

Cpl. William “Billy” Pschigoda, left, thanks his Collier County Sheriff’s Office co-workers for supporting him and his family through his recovery after he suffered severe head trauma on Dec. 5 when he was hit by a car while attempting to pull a stop-stick across Collier Boulevard to stop a suspect. The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce awarded Pschigoda and two other public servants, North Naples fire Capt. James Cunningham and Collier County EMS Lt. Tim McGeary, with the Distinguished Public Service award. The award recognizes contributions by individuals to their respective public service profession and their service to the Collier community. “Billy is just a legend among the deputies,” says Chuck Montgomery, a sheriff’s deputy and friend of Pschigoda. “He’s so well thought of and just a role model for most of us.” Pschigoda says if it weren’t for Collier firefighters and EMS helping him so quickly after he the car hit him, he wouldn’t have been around to accept the award.

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