The Lions Club of Greenwich presented their annual Dr. John A. Clarke Award on Thursday, April 27 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.
This year, the honoree was the Greenwich Police Department Narcotics Section, which includes Sergeant Eric Scorca, Detective Frederick Quezada and Detective Joseph Rondini.
The Unit was recognized by Chief James Heavey for their significant achievements in confronting the Heroin and Opioid epidemic that has impacted Greenwich directly and is a problem nationwide.
Chief Heavey noted that the unit’s vanguard approach in creating a narcotic protocol for every overdose event, collaboration with other municipal, state, and federal agencies, intervention with victims and families, numerous arrests and seizures of large amounts of illicit drugs, and community education on the recognition and dangers of addiction.
The Greenwich Lions were Charted in 1923, and 94 years later the group is still an active organization comprised of members dedicated to serving the needs of the Greenwich Community and beyond.
The club’s first president. Dr. John A. Clarke, was the medical advisor to the Town of Greenwich Police Department from 1923 until his death in 1944.
To honor the memory of Dr. Clarke, the Club has, for the past 71 Years, hosted this annual luncheon and presented the award to a member of the Greenwich Police Department, chosen each year by the Police Department Chief, to recognize his or her outstanding performance in the line of duty.
Several of Clarke’s descendants, local officials, and many retired and active Greenwich Police Department officers attended the luncheon.
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