BPD names Palmer Officer of October

October 2, 2013 

Palmer

BPD names Palmer Officer of October

BRADENTON -- Master Patrol Officer Matthew Palmer of the Bradenton Police Department has been named Officer of the Month for October after he was nominated by Lt. James Racky

At 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Palmer responded to an overturned vehicle accident in the 300 block of Ninth Street West. Ayoung female driver was panic-stricken being trapped in the vehicle. 

The Manatee County EMS determined the driver had a possible spinal cord injury, so a responder needed to apply a "C-Spine" medical technique while  paramedics could gather additional equipment to treat the patient. Palmer volunteered to assist the patientby positioning his hands to brace the driver's neck so no further injury would occur. 

Palmer continued to calm the driver while shielding her from glass and metaldebris during extrication. 

"Words cannot describe how impressed I was with MPO Palmer's actions and the selflessness while administering first aid and his concern for the driver's safety," Racky said. "It is with these actions, that I feel MPO Palmer went above and beyond his call of duty."

Author Alden schedules two more book signings

MANATEE -- Author Jennifer Alden has two book signings scheduled:

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Family Christian Book Store, 5203 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

• Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Family Christian Book Store in Lakeland, 3700 U.S. 98 North.

All six books will be available:

• "He Called Me To The Ocean"

• "Visions & Angels: I believe...do you?"

• "Inspirations: The Light...a place where my soul meets"

• "Reflections: And the journey continues..."

• "Great Expectations: I am finally here"

• "And My Spirit Is Free!"

Art Center Sarasota 3rd golf tourney tees up Nov. 2

SARASOTA -- Art Center Sarasota is holding its third annual Creativity Golf Tournament, Saturday, Nov. 2, at Sara Bay Country Club, 7011 Willow St.

Registration begins at noon, scramble format, shotgun start at 1 p.m. Includes 18 holes of golf, driving range with balls, buffet awards dinner and silent auction. Fees are $400 per foursome; $100 for individuals and $50 for dinner guests. Information: Charles Stephens, 941-302-0404 or Michael Suarez, 941-342-0555; artcentergolf@gmail.com. Register at artsarasota.org/golftournament2013.

Contests include putting, longest and straightest drive and closest to the pin. Win a BMW at the hole-in-one contest. Prizes will be given to first-, second- and third-place men's teams, first-place women's teams and first-place mixed teams. Prizes will also be given for the "most creative" golf attire worn by a man and a woman.

The historic Sara Bay Country Club, founded in 1926, was the site of the fabled match between Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen.

Tourney proceeds support Art Center Sarasota's exhibitions, adult arts education and youth summer camp.

-- Herald staff reports

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