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Date of Issue: May 10, 2007

Commission faces resolution to benefit officer

The city commission was set this week to take up a resolution extending medical benefits for ailing Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon.

Lannon, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, is a widely known member of the police department, primarily through his work as the "community officer" and at Anna Maria Elementary School, where he has taught the Drug Awareness Resistance Education program and directed traffic.

A resolution the city commission was expected to take up during its meeting Tuesday, May 8, would extend Lannon's medical leave and medical benefits to January.

City procedure requires that the commission vote on extended benefits.

City officials said last week they expected the commission to approve the resolution - action the board has taken in regard to three other city employees.

"We want to make sure he's covered," said Mayor Rich Bohnenberger. "He's done a lot for the community. He did a lot and now it is our turn to do something for him."

Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine echoed Bohnenberger's comments.

"It's the right thing to do - as much as he's given to this community and this city," Romine said.

For information on Lannon, contact the HBPD at 708-5804.