Two Altamonte Springs cops receive Patriot Award

Photo for Headline Surfer / Altamonte Springs Police Officer Chris Dunn is shown flanked by Master Police Officer Robert Lipsey and Master Police Officer George Vila.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A unique recognition was bestowed upon two Altamonte Springs cops Thursday morning.

Master Police Officers Robert Lipsey and Officer George Vila were recognized by fellow Officer Chris Dunn with the Patriot Award.

The prestigious award reflects the "efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence, if needed."

Vila and Dunn did these good deeds and more in support of Dunn, who has served in the US Army since September of 2007. Dunn's last deployment was in 2017, when he was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

As Dunn served the Altamonte Springs community and prepared for the deployment, Lipsey and Vila provided support to him and his family to ensure the transition was as smooth as possible.

Vila and Dunn did these good deeds and more in support of Dunn, who has served in the US Army since September of 2007. Dunn's last deployment was in 2017, when he was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

As Dunn served the Altamonte Springs community and prepared for the deployment, Lipsey and Vila provided support to him and his family to ensure the transition was as smooth as possible.

The cops were applauded in a Facebook posting by citizens.

 "This is amazing," said Amanda Fagan. "Thank you Chris Dunn and to the officers who helped you through it all!"

 

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.