It was a packed house as members of the Marco Island Police Department came together along with representatives of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Marco Island Fire/Rescue administration and firefighters and EMS personnel. Senior staff members of the city were also on hand.
They were joined by Police Chief Tracey Frazzano, Captain Richard Stoltenberg and Captain David Baer as they presided over the promotion of Officer Matt Gallup to the rank of Lieutenant within the Marco Department.
Lieutenant Gallup will have direct responsibility over patrol officers from the department and other duties as directed. He will be filling the role that has been vacant since the untimely death of Lieutenant Clayton Smith, who was killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident on February 5th of this year. Smith was passing through the intersection of Bald Eagle Drive and San Marco Road on his scooter after running an errand when a vehicle turned into him in the middle of the intersection. The department and the island were shocked by his unfortunate passing.
Gallup comes to the department with 30 years of First Responder experience in both EMS and law enforcement and has a distinguished record of accomplishment from his New Jersey Department, prior to coming here.
“Matt’s experience, credentials and attitude are outstanding, and he will be a valued addition to the department’s staff,” said Frazzano.
Gallup’s wife Christy held a family bible as Gallup took the oath, while his daughter Abbey and Matt looked on. Also in attendance were his two brothers Anthony and Joseph who came in special for the event.
Cognizant of his love for telling a story, Chief Frazzano was reluctant to give Gallup the microphone, but relented as a chuckle rolled through the room. “I am blessed to have this opportunity and to be able to bring my family up in such a wonderful community and work with such great people. I thank all involved for giving us this opportunity, it is truly a blessing for myself and my family,” concluded Gallup.
City Manager Michael McNees stepped forward and compliment Gallup for the great resume he brings to the job as he stated, “This promotion provides you to do a great deal of good for our community and your department and we are confident you will do well.”