2017-04-19 / Top News

Police Officer Chad Thornton is city’s employee of the year


Mayor Randy Henderson, Officer Chad Thornton and Police Chief Derrick Diggs at the recent council meeting. 
COURTESY PHOTO Mayor Randy Henderson, Officer Chad Thornton and Police Chief Derrick Diggs at the recent council meeting. COURTESY PHOTO Chad Thornton, an 18-year officer with the Fort Myers Police Department, has been named the Employee of the Year by the city of Fort Myers.

The award was presented at the April 3 city council meeting.

Officer Thornton’s peers nominated the officer for the award because of exemplary performance during a critical incident. In March of last year, Mr. Thornton negotiated a peaceful resolution to a potential suicide on the Edison Bridge.

“The male was agitated and wouldn’t speak to anyone,” explained FMPD Chief Derrick Diggs. “After consistent attempts and a never-give-up attitude, Officer Thornton was able to begin a dialogue with the male. Officer Thornton gained his trust through understanding, and being supportive and encouraging.”

In addition to recognition at the council meeting, Officer Thornton received a check for $1,000 as part of his honor.

The city of Fort Myers’ Employee Recognition Program was implemented in 2011 to recognize employees who have made significant contributions, realized outstanding accomplishments, and provided excellent customer service.

The program acknowledges exemplary performance benefiting the city or the community. The city recognizes three employees quarterly, one each from the Fire Department, Police Department, and general workforce.

At the end of the year, one of the 12 quarterly honorees is named the Employee of the Year.

Officer Thornton celebrated his 19th anniversary with the FMPD on April 16. ¦

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