The Lawrence Eagles' club recognized a police officer, firefighter and paramedic at an annual awards ceremony on Sunday.
Three public employees whose contributions to the community and duties are considered outstanding by their peers were recognized Sunday by the local Fraternal Order of Eagles club.
Honored as this year's recipients of the annual Eagles' community service awards were Lawrence police officer Mike McAtee, Lawrence firefighter Kathy Elkins and Douglas County Ambulance Service paramedic Michael Frakes.
"It draws attention to the fact that they are putting their lives on the line for the betterment of the community," said Claud Aubry, Eagles past president who presented the awards at the Eagles' lodge, 1803 W. Sixth.
The awards, he said, seek to rectify "something that we as Eagles feel there's not enough recognition for."
Aubry initiated the annual awards in 1979.
They are given every February in conjunction with the anniversary of the local chapter, which is celebrating its 92nd anniversary this year.
Award winners are chosen by their peers, Aubry said.
"The award itself is not for any single act of valor," he said, but for overall dedication to duty.
"It shows that they've extended themselves far and above the average."
McAtee was hired as a Lawrence police officer in January 1991 and served on the patrol division until January 1994. He worked in administration about a month, then was assigned to the detective division, where he now serves.
"Officer McAtee is a self-starter and an aggressive investigator," Aubry said.
Elkins joined the fire department in 1986 as a firefighter. She moved from that position to a driver/operator and then to fire investigation.
"Her service to the department and to the citizens of Lawrence are a credit to her and to her profession," Aubry said.
Frakes joined the Douglas County Ambulance Service in 1989 as an emergency medical technician. He was certified in paramedic training in 1991.
Frakes received the highest overall score in a performance evaluation from among all DCAS paramedics.
Also at Sunday's meeting, the award for outstanding Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Member was given to Virginia Wilper.