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State Senator Garrett Richter, guest speaker, is welcomed to the podium by Naples Daily News Editor Manny Garcia during the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The Distinguished Public Service Awards were developed by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Naples Daily News in an effort to honor the men and women who sacrifice to protect our community for outstanding professionalism and public service rendered by those in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical services, and support services.

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Eric Strachan/Staff State Senator Garrett Richter, guest speaker, is welcomed to the podium by Naples Daily News Editor Manny Garcia during the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The Distinguished Public Service Awards were developed by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Naples Daily News in an effort to honor the men and women who sacrifice to protect our community for outstanding professionalism and public service rendered by those in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical services, and support services.

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State Senator Garrett Richter, guest speaker, is welcomed to the podium by Naples Daily News Editor Manny Garcia during the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The Distinguished Public Service Awards were developed by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Naples Daily News in an effort to honor the men and women who sacrifice to protect our community for outstanding professionalism and public service rendered by those in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical services, and support services.
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Greg Speers, presenter, embraces recipient Jerry Sanford after awarding Sanford the Fire Safety Award on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 during the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton. Sanford spent 30 years in the New York City Fire Department, retiring as Press Secretary in 1997.  He relocated to Naples in 2000 and was hired by the North Naples Fire District in the spring of 2000 to serve as the district's Public Information Officer.  Sanford heads the task force for the Freedom Memorial monument project at the northeast corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Golden Gate Parkway. The Distinguished Public Service Awards were developed by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Naples Daily News in an effort to honor the men and women who sacrifice to protect our community, for outstanding professionalism and public service rendered by those in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical services, and support services.
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Chief Walter Kopka of Collier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) awards Lt. Diane Smith the Emergency Medical Service Award on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, during the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton. Smith began her paramedic career in 2003 with Collier EMS. In addition to her role in EMS, Smith is also an active member of Florida Disaster Medical Assistance Team, made up of professionals from different disciplines that offer expertise and medical assistance during significant events and the aftermath of major disasters. The Distinguished Public Service Awards were developed by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Naples Daily News in an effort to honor the men and women who sacrifice to protect our community for outstanding professionalism and public service rendered by those in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical services, and support services.
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Crash victim Tony Radelat makes personal remarks about Collier County Sheriff's Office Senior Dispatcher Richard Swink on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 as Swink is awarded the Life and Safety Award from Sheriff Kevin Rambosk during the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton. Swink took the call in March when Radelat crashed his ultra-light airplane near Immokalee and was pinned upside down in a tree while he talked to Swink from his cell phone. He kept saying 'we have you. We have your position. We're coming for you,' Radelat said Swink told him. 'It kept me from passing out,' said Radelat. For almost two hours Swink stayed on the phone while employing techniques to help rescuers find the plane.
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State Senator Garrett Richter, addresses attendees during the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The Distinguished Public Service Awards were developed by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Naples Daily News in an effort to honor the men and women who sacrifice to protect our community for outstanding professionalism and public service rendered by those in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical services, and support services.
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Collier County Sheriff's deputy Trevor Peterson, right, accepts the Law Enforcement Award from Sheriff Kevin Rambosk on behalf of Peterson's father, Detective Scott Peterson, who was unable to attend the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The Distinguished Public Service Awards were developed by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Naples Daily News in an effort to honor the men and women who sacrifice to protect our community for outstanding professionalism and public service rendered by those in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical services, and support services.
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Senior dispatcher Richard Swink of the Collier County Sheriff's Office makes brief remarks Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 after being awarded the Life and Safety Award from Sheriff Kevin Rambosk during the 2013 Distinguished Public Service Awards at the Naples Hilton. Swink took the call in March when Tony Radelat crashed his ultra-light airplane near Immokalee and was pinned upside down in a tree while he talked to Swink from his cell phone. He kept saying 'we have you. We have your position. We're coming for you,' Radelat said Swink told him. 'It kept me from passing out,' said Radelat. For almost two hours Swink stayed on the phone while employing techniques to help rescuers find the plane.

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