WILTON, Conn. -- His smiling face is what most people remember about the late Sgt. Tom "TJ" Tunney, but that's not the reason a new award has been added to the Wilton Police Department's annual Award Ceremony in his honor.
The celebration, to be held Monday, March 14 at Trackside, will honor Tunney for his tremendous involvement with, and care for the citizens of Wilton, said Wilton police officials.
Tunney will be honored with the Community Police Officer of the Year Award, created in his honor. He began his career with the Wilton Police Department in 1985 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2000. During his career, TJ received many commendations, as well as the department's Medal of Valor Award, one of the highest honors. He also received the New England Association -- Chiefs of Police Medal of Valor and the American Red Cross Hero's Award for rescuing a man who was trapped in a car that was on fire after a motor vehicle accident.
Throughout his career, Tunney received countless letters of praise for his involvement with the community. He was a great advocate for the people of Wilton, and was well respected by his peers, officials said.
In years to come, this award will be granted to a member of the Wilton Police Department who distinguished themselves from their peers by their actions involving the Wilton Community. The award will acknowledge members of the department who have demonstrated outstanding service to the community with particular emphasis on the Wilton Police values of integrity, respect, professionalism, and community support.
Other awards to be presented during the ceremony include:
- Medal of Honor
- Medal of Valor
- Meritorious Police Service
- Emergency Medical Service
- Citation of Commendation.
Residents, family and friends are invited to the event which begins at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
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