At a recent City Council Meeting, Officer Hunter Howell was presented a Proclamation in recognition of his lifesaving efforts to save a member of the community who went into cardiac arrest at the Greater Marco Island YMCA.
Howell was dispatched to the YMCA on Monday, July 16 at 8:35 PM for a person in cardiac distress. Upon arrival he found an unconscious male subject at the volleyball court, with chest compressions being applied.
Howell retrieved the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) from his cruiser and applied the device to the victim, reviving him for transport to the hospital.
His quick actions helped to save the life of the victim and his actions were praised during the recent city council meeting earlier this month.
New Patrol Lieutenant Promoted
Officer Clayton Smith was officially promoted on Tuesday, August 7 to the rank of Patrol Lieutenant. His new responsibilities will involve the oversight of all patrol activities within the department and assist shift sergeants in their duties, in addition to training and other support functions within the department.
Smith has over 39 years experience in law enforcement. He began his career with the Springfield Township Police Department in Ohio. He would serve in various command, training and supervisory positions within that department prior to moving to Marco Island and assuming his responsibilities here as a patrolman.
Smith has served in various positions within the department, including firearms instruction and as a marine patrol officer.
Chief Al Schettino referred to Smith as a mentor for younger officers and an example of the quality of personnel for which Marco Island can be proud of.
Smith was joined in the ceremony by his wife Lisa and his sons Zachary and Buzz.