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Gig Harbor first responders receive recognition for service to community

Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey, left, Lt. Fred Douglas and Detective Mike Cabacungan accept a plaque at the City Council meeting Monday night.
Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey, left, Lt. Fred Douglas and Detective Mike Cabacungan accept a plaque at the City Council meeting Monday night. Staff writer

A pair of Gig Harbor first responders were honored at a special presentation Monday night during the Gig Harbor City Council meeting.

Father Mark Guzman from St. Nicholas Catholic Parish, along with citizens John Moist and Bill Lindsay, presented handmade plaques to Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey and the police department staff and to Fire and Medic One Chief John Burgess and Medic One staff.

“We would like to express to our men and women first responders our great esteem and love,” Guzman said in his address.

Guzman added that he has been leading his congregation in prayer to support the men and women who serve as first responders, and also welcomed any members of the police department or Medic One to visit St. Nicholas, regardless of their religious beliefs.

“We will always support you and we will always love you,” he said. “This is our way of saying thank you. It’s a great thing you do for us.”

The plaques were handmade by Lindsay out of polished wood and feature a likeness of Saint Michael, who is the patron saint of those in uniform.

Both Burgess and Busey expressed their thanks for the recognition offered by Guzman, Moist and Lindsay.

“The police department enjoys a great relationship with the fire department and the community,” Busey said. “The faith community has always been there to provide support.”

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4125, @gateway_andrea

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