“This is probably the largest turnout ever for one of these functions,” said Marco Island Police Foundation President Dick Adams, commenting on the turnout.
Adams had a busy agenda. The Foundation swore in their new executive board members and Police Chief Al Schettino discussed the response to Hurricane Irma. However, the highlight for many came when the Officer of the Year Award was given to veteran law enforcement officer Bob Marvin, Jr.Chief Schettino joked that Marvin had swam to the Collier County shores from his childhood home in Key West, where he was raised. For Marvin, the Gulf waters run deep in his blood, having worked with his father as a commercial fisherman in the Florida Keys.
Marvin began his law enforcement career in Collier County in 1985, working there for 27 years prior to his retirement in 2012 as a corporal. No sooner had he hung up his grey and black trimmed Collier County uniform, than he pulled on the dark blue colors of the Marco Island Police Department.
“Bob brought with him a wealth of information regarding the waters in and around Marco Island, as he spent many years on the Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol. Couple that with the fact that he was a seasoned law enforcement professional made him a perfect fit here within the department,” said Chief Schettino.
The award came as a complete surprise to Marvin, as his wife Denise snuck into the back of the room, along with the father who taught him how to fish many years ago. They all live in the Naples area, when Marvin is not down in the Keys pursuing his love of the water, or when he isn’t patrolling them around Marco Island.
Chief Schettino also made a presentation on the island’s response both before and after Hurricane Irma hit on September 10, 2017. The presentation detailed the department and city’s preplanning and response after the storm hit.