HBPD nominates officer of year

Holmes Beach Police Department nominated Joshua R. Fleischer as Officer of the Year to the Manatee County Hundred Club.

        Each year, the club seeks nominations to recognize efforts in law enforcement.

        In nominating Fleischer, Interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson pointed to his exemplary lifesaving effort as a first responder in a drug overdose in November 2012.

        Fleischer was first to arrive on the scene and found a young person unconscious, turning blue. He hooked up an automated external defibrillator and cleared his airway, enabling him to breathe on his own, according to Stephenson.

        Formerly with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Fleischer was hired by Holmes Beach in November 2009, and promoted to a full-time officer in January 2010.

        Nominations are expected from other Manatee County law enforcement. The club traditionally holds a dinner to honor the winner in May.

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