Palmetto recognizes 8 community heroes after stabbing

May 12, 2014 

Officer Lucciano Diaz and Trevor Cardarelle were given lifesaving awards Tuesday by the Palmetto City Commission for administering first aid to stabbing victim, 28 year-old Ke'Mishia Pompey, with yellow purse, who was stabbed during a brawl inside a night club. Also recognized for distinguished service: Cpl. Michael Kelly, Detective David Burns, Officers Luis Martinez, Rebecca Evans, Richard Wilson, Zachary Cissell and Angel Uruchima. Larry Gabbard was recorgnized for being the Property and Evidence Association of Florida's Evidence Custodian of the Year.PHOTO PROVIDED

Palmetto recognizes

8 exemplary officers, citizen

PALMETTO -- Palmetto city commissioners and Police Chief Rick Wells have recognized eight officers and a citizen for exemplary performance during a near fatal stabbing Feb. 22 at the Hall Night Club.

Officer Lucciano Diaz and Trevor Cardarelle were given lifesaving awards for administering first aid to the stabbing victim, 28 year-old Ke'Mishia Pompey, who received a life-threatening stab wound during a brawl inside the night club.

Diaz and Cardarelle applied direct pressure to the wound and used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Emergency responders credited the two for saving the victim's life by keeping her from bleeding to death.

"Pompey was present at the ceremony and expressed her gratitude," said Deputy Chief Scott Tyler in a press release.

Also recognized for distinguished service: Cpl. Michael Kelly, Detective David Burns, Officers Luis Martinez, Rebecca Evans, Richard Wilson, Zachary Cissell and Angel Uruchima.

A separate award was presented to property and evidence manager Larry Gabbard for being the Property and Evidence Association of Florida's Evidence Custodian of the Year.

Manatee Democratic Women will convene Tuesday

BRADENTON -- Manatee Democratic Women's Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

Becky Martin will speak on gun control. Tickets cost $16.

To RSVP: Call Phyllis Virzi at 941-795-7608 or Mary Duda at 941-708-0713 or email mcmduda@aol.com.

Manatee Chamber Business After Hours set Tuesday

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce monthly Business After Hours at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Firkins Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, 2700 First St., Bradenton.

Complimentary appetizers and quality networking. Free for members, $10 for non-members.

Information: Call Jen Bartolone at 941-748-4842, ext. 122, for more information or go toManateeChamber.com.

USF Manatee-Sarasota to welcome new chancellor

MANATEE -- The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold a welcome reception at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for Terry Osborn, the new regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

The Rome, Ga., native has been dean and professor of the College of Education since 2010. He holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and has been a tenured professor at USFSM and Fordham University in New York.

His master's degree in German is from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and his bachelor's degree in German and psychology is from Berry College.

Osborn, who has seven years of senior higher education academic leadership experience, was recently named executive director of the Florida Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

He also developed the Center for Partnerships in Arts Integrated Teaching within the USFSM College of Education, is an internationally recognized scholar of critical language studies and has published 13 books.

Manatee County Elementary Music Festival sold out

BRADENTON -- More than 200 Manatee School District elementary-aged musicians and singers will display their talents at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday during the annual Manatee County Elementary Music Festival in the Davis Theater at Manatee High School.

This marks the 11th consecutive year the district has held the festival. An overflow crowd is expected and there are no more tickets available.

The evening will include ensembles, Taiko drums, recorders, drama, and the All County Chorus is made up of singers from 25 elementary schools.

-- Herald staff reports

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