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See larger Officer Al Schettino, Marco Islandís Police Officer of the Year, smiles emotionally while receiving his award. The glass statue in his hands was given to him by the Marco Island Police Foundation in ceremonies Thursday at the Hideaway Beach Club. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Officer Al Schettino, Marco Islandís Police Officer of the Year, smiles emotionally while receiving his award. The glass statue in his hands was given to him by the Marco Island Police Foundation in ceremonies Thursday at the Hideaway Beach Club. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Officer Al Schettino, Marco Islandís Police Officer of the Year, smiles emotionally while receiving his award. The glass statue in his hands was given to him by the Marco Island Police Foundation in ceremonies Thursday at the Hideaway Beach Club. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy receives congratulations from Joe Granda, president of the Marco Island Police Foundation. Granda honored Murphy with the Presidentís Awards at ceremonies Thursday at the Hideaway Beach Club. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Police Foundation President Joe Granda shakes the hand of retiring Detective Ed Stenzel. He received a plaque from Police Chief Don Hunter, center, and the foundation, honoring his 37 years of service to police departments on Marco Island and in Milwaukee. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bill Morris steps up to receive an award for serving as president of the Marco Island Police Foundation for the past two-and-a-half years. He was honored during the ceremonies Thursday at the Hideaway Beach Club. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lynette and Frank LaCave, owners of the Marco Island Brewery, receive special honors as a corporate sponsor of the Marco Island Police Foundation during ceremonies at the Hideaway Beach Club on Thursday. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jose Carrillo, acting sergeant of Collier Countyís Special Response Bureau, gives a presentation on the tragedy of mass shootings in school, theaters and public places.  Carrillo spoke at the Marco Island Police Foundation luncheon Thursday at the Hideaway Beach Club. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

It's easy to see why Police Officer Al Schettino works well with small folks. When he smiles, children love him. His teddy bear friendliness wrapped in a blue uniform with badges, multiple two-way radios, a taser and gun are endless fascination and inspiration for Marco Island's school children.
Schettino is the island's School Resource Officer; and on Thursday, he became Marco Island's Police Officer of the Year. He smiled all the way to the podium to collect his award.

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