Published on September 1st, 2016 |0
Buckhead’s Robin Loudermilk sets tone for Crime is Toast Breakfast honoring police
Before Loudermilk took his seat, he quoted an old proverb: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. But, if you want to go far, go together. Simply put, there is strength in unity. Let’s continue to work together for this city we call home and reach our mission to make Atlanta the safest large city in the nation.”
For the past two years, Loudermilk, president and CEO of The Loudermilk Companies, has been chairman of the Atlanta Police Foundation Board of Trustees, which has annually hosted the annual breakfast event to honor members of the Atlanta Police Department for excellent service and actions beyond the call of duty.
“During this time not a day has gone by that I haven’t been incredibly impressed and humbled by the courageous men and women of APD,” Loudermilk told the crowd. “The leadership of George Turner the APD Command staff and our Mayor Kasim Reed is without question, best in class and I am proud to do my part in lending my time, my talents and my treasure to help make Atlanta the safest large city in the nation.”
The Crime is Toast Breakfast gathered business and community leaders Tuesday, Aug. 30, in a display of support for the Atlanta Police Department in the Georgia Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Before turning over the microphone to UPS Chairman & CEO David Abney, who was honorary chair for the event, Loudermilk stated, “When I look up and see those cameras with the blue lights—just to let you know, we’re at approximately 7500 integrated to date—or when I hear from friends and neighbors who want to help the Atlanta Police Foundation build houses for officers, renovate an apartment complex for new recruits and continue to build out programs that keep our young people off the streets, I can’t be more proud.”
This past June, the Atlanta Police Foundation kicked off a $15.6 million campaign—“Cutting Edge, Cutting Crime, A Campaign for a Model City”—chaired by Jeff Sprecher. To date, the APF has raised more than $10million. “Just so you know, this was intended to be a three year campaign,” Loudermilk said. “Even with this wonderful progress, we can’t slow down.”
Loudermilk may have set the tone for the breakfast, but the morning was highlighted by the State of Public Safety address given by Mayor Kasim Reed and followed the State of the Force speech given by Police Chief George N. Turner, who praised the men and women of his department who come to work every day to work with young people…”to mentor them rather than putting cuffs on them. We have to eliminate those people from becoming criminals.”
It also included the annual Awards Ceremony, which recognizes acts of bravery and dedication by the men and women in blue throughout the year. Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation presented the awards and gave closing remarks reminding everyone that “only through working together will we achieve success.”
Speaking of the awards, Zone 2 officers were among those honored during the ceremony.
Purple Heart Award was presented to Officer Justin Fong-Borden. Officer Fong-Borden was dispatched to a call at 40 Peachtree Valley Road to investigate a potential prowler. Upon arriving
and approaching the front door he was confronted with the first male suspect running out followed by a second male who aimed and fired his 9mm handgun at the officer. Officer Fong-Borden tried to take cover but was shot in the abdomen area. He managed to return fire as the suspect fled. Fortunately his body armor prevented the bullet from penetrating and as back-up officers arrived on the scene he was able to give directions of which the suspects fled and their descriptions. Both suspects were apprehended, and their gun was recovered from a nearby dumpster.
Meritorious Service Award went to officers Bahri Durmishi and Juan Nunez. This summer, on a warm evening in June, these officers were flagged down by a citizen in the middle of rush hour at the intersection of Piedmont Road and Morosgo Drive. They were directed to a car that was stopped, but still running in the middle of the street. All four doors were locked, and inside was a man passed out in the driver’s seat, turning blue and drooling. The officers could see that the gentleman was clearly in need of immediate medical attention. They requested EMS and fire support, but, Officer Durmishi made a split lifesaving decision to use his baton to break the passenger side window and pulled the driver out and began to render aid for approximately 7 to 8 minutes in the middle of the intersection until the Grady EMS team arrived and took over. The gentleman was transported to Piedmont Hospital in stable condition. The medical personnel acknowledged that if it were not for the quick actions of Officer Durmishi and Officer Nunez he most likely would not have survived.
The following is a list of the other award winners:
Officer of the Year: Officer Rodney Jones Jr. and Officer Dennis Booker
Investigator of the Year: Investigator Vincent Velazquez
Supervisor of the Year: Lieutenant Anthony Singh
Civilian Employee of the Year: Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Team
Sandra Tullis, Anthony Johnson, Raymond Lauzon, Antoinette Clay
Civilian Supervisor of the Year: Scandia McCray
Department Commendation: Officer Ronald Paxson and Officer Kimberly Williams
Medal of Honor: Officer TaSheena Brown
Marion Lee Trailblazer Award: Douglas Evans
The Judge Arthur Kaplan Community Service Award: Sergeant Alicia Turner
The Dennis P. Mullen Lifetime Achievement Award: Investigator David Quinn
COBRA: Crime Reduction Award: Zone 3
The Safe Cruiser Operator Award: Zone 4