Updated, 8:26 a.m.
Saturday evening marked the fourth annual Norcross Police Department Appreciation and Awards Dinner Ceremony.
Locals and Norcross Police members attended the awards dinner, which was hosted by and steered by the Norcross Police Department Foundation. Sedric Drew was the Master of Ceremonies, and Mayor Bucky Johnson and Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers announced awards.
Summers officially took the position as chief last December, so this year was his first year giving awards.
"The only time a police officer is acknowledged in the media or by the community is when something goes wrong, but when things are going well, no one says, 'Thank you.' No one says, 'We appreciate you,'" said Hopewell's Bishop William L. Sheals as the guest speaker for the evening. "That's why we're here tonight."
"The dinner turned out great," said Arlene Beckles, one of the founding members of the Norcross Police Department Foundation and member of the 2012 Steering Committee.
"We have a full band this year, and we have more sponsors," said Gwendolyn Johns, the NPDF founding member who spearheaded the appreciation dinner.
Officers were recognized for major incidents that have occurred in the past year in Norcross:
- The shooting of Nick Jackson II in his Autry Street home in February, which led to the initial capture of six suspects;
- The that resulted in a murder-suicide off Buford Highway;
- And an incident where an officer was able to help a at , and other officers assisted.
Addition awards were given for overall performance and to city members who have helped Norcross Police in different ways.
For the full list of awards and recipients, click here.
The 2012 sponsors include RockTenn, Thompson O'Brien Attorneys at Law, Advanced Disposal, Gas South, Bleu House Cafe, Stop the Clock Photo, Rushton & Company, the Gwinnett Braves, the Gwinnett Gladiators, Norcross First United Methodist Church, Ace Trucking, Norcross Lions Club, Jane Holbrook, and Al and Barbara Karnitz.