Law Enforcement Heroes Nominated for Law and Order Ball Officer of the Year

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is proud to announce the nominations for Officer of the Year, to be announced at the annual Law and Order Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, at Germain Arena in Estero. This gala awards dinner recognizes local law enforcement and celebrates their dedication and commitment to our community, with six agencies nominating those among their ranks who go above and beyond the call of duty.
The Officer of the Year will be chosen from the following nominees:
Cape Coral Police Department
Sergeant Jon Kulko
Officer Stephen Cragin
Detective Christy Jo Ellis
Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department
Detective Joseph Anderson
Ft. Myers Police Department
Officer Cassie McHale
Lee County Port Authority
Senior Officer Melissa Duncan
Master Officer John Rodriguez
Master Officer Matthew Timothy
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Michael Cahill
Deputy First Class Jarrod Cantrell
Sergeant James Matthew Chitwood
Deputy First Class Michael Elkady
Sergeant Sylvester Smalls
Sanibel Police Department
Sergeant Grace Towler 
The Officer of the Year will receive a custom designed piece by Rotarian Mark Loren of Mark Loren Designs. So that all local law enforcement officers who wish to attend are able to do so, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is proud to offer, once again, the Fund-A-Cop program. To participate and underwrite the cost of a ticket for a member of Lee County law enforcement, visit
Regular ticket sales are also available at that website, at a cost of $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous dinner, a silent and live auction, entertainment and some very special surprises. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation and Lee County law enforcement youth programs.
Many levels of sponsorship opportunities are available, with major sponsors being honored at a special VIP reception. Donations of auction items are also currently being accepted.
As with last year’s Law and Order Ball, Creighton Construction and Development and Ada’s Market will be the presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors include LeeSar; Survival Armor; NBC-2; The News-Press Media Group; Edison National Bank; Enterprise Holdings; Armor Correctional Health; the Galloway Family of Dealerships; Tech-Tronics; CONRIC PR & Marketing; The Eventful Company; Mark Loren Designs; Rapid Print; Siesta Pebble; Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA; Eye Centers of Florida; Wilbur Smith Law Firm; Gulf Coast Coin and Jewelry; Gendron Funeral and Cremation Services Inc.; Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner; CFS Roofing; Home-Tech; Red Roof Inns; Aubuchon Team of Companies; Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits; Fort Myers Police Department; HBKS Wealth Advisors; Old Sparky; and UAStar Photo Booth.
For information about in-kind donations and the many different sponsorship opportunities that are still available, visit or contact Lori Cook North at
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 140 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit
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