10 honored at Prescott Valley Police Department awards ceremony
Chief Bill Fessler received a standing ovation after a surprise speech by Cmdrs. Art Askew and James Edelstein following the Prescott Valley Police Department's awards ceremony Aug. 10 at the Grille at Stoneridge.
Ten people received awards, chief's commendations and special acknowledgement at the annual awards ceremony that also included numerous raffle items from community businesses. After Fessler handed out the awards, Askew and Edelstein commandeered the microphone and paid tribute to their chief.
Askew said this past Wednesday was a special day in the department's history - Fessler's one-year anniversary as permanent chief.
"Everyone knows that our organization is only as good as its leader. That's why we want to recognize Chief Fessler," Aksew said. "James and I have witnessed the many challenges and issues the Chief faced during this past year - staffing, pay, personnel, budget. No matter what it was, the one thing on the Chief's mind as number one priority in any decision was us."
Askew praised Chief Fessler for the increase in morale and pride within the agency, for "walking the walk," and for doing what he said he would do.
"In his heart, we know he considers himself part of rank and file. The Chief truly cares about each and every one of us and our families, and consistently shows it."
See the sidebar links for articles about the 10 honorees and some words about why they were chosen.