On Saturday, February 15, 2020, St. Peterburg College attended the 25th Annual Commissioner John Morroni First Responders Dinner at the Hilton Carillon Park Hotel. This year’s event was hosted by Commissioner Janet Long and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
John Morroni served as a County Commissioner for Pinellas County for many years. During his time as a Commissioner, he created this Annual First Responders Dinner where first responders are honored and awarded for their great work.
Commissioner John Morroni battled cancer for many years and passed away in 2017 but his legacy of the First Responders Dinner lives on. The distinguished awards include:
- Jeffery A. Yaslowitz Outstanding K-9 Team
- Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
- Pinellas County Fire Chief’s Association
- Sunstar Parademic
- St. Peterburg Police Department
- Clearwater Police Department
This year was the second year in a row that SPC Public Safety Program has attended the annual event. To represent SPC this year, we had a number of faculty and staff members in attendance as well as student representation from many aspects of the SPC College of Public Safety program including Crime Scene Technology, Fire Academy, Police Academy, Corrections Academy, Student and EMS/Paramedic.
“The [First Responders] event was absolutely amazing from start to finish, every detail placed into the event was very inspirational and moving to say the least. This night truly opened my eyes to the sacrifices, dangers, and events our heroes, our first responders, have to deal with on a daily basis within this profession,” said SPC Allstate Center Student Government President and Crime Scene Technology student, Shi’Niqua Vaught.
“I would also reference the uniqueness in the networking that occurred before it all began (with many first responding agencies and many of our elected officials). It was such a great time and opportunity to really get to know the wonderful people in our community. I am so grateful for the opportunity and honored to represent SPC and the Allstate campus as a Public Safety student.”
SPC values and recognizes the hard work of our first responders, and many first responders within the local area are alumni of SPC or will attend SPC for continuing education.