Emergency officials thanked members of the local Eagles club for recognizing them each year with awards.
A Lawrence police officer and the entire Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Department were given annual awards by the local Eagles club on Sunday afternoon.
The Mount Oread Aerie No. 309 chapter recognized Lawrence police officer Tarik Khatib and the fire and medical department for their achievements.
The Eagles have presented the awards each of the last 19 years. Recipients are chosen by supervisors and peers.
Khatib, a Lawrence police officer since June 1992, was presented the Reverence for Law Award.
``I think it's really nice that a community organization like the Eagles think of the police department,'' he said. ``I'm very honored, but there's a lot of people that deserve it just as much.''
Khatib is a native of Beirut.
He moved to Lake Forest, Ill., where he graduated from high school in 1985 and came to Lawrence to attend Kansas University. He graduated from KU in 1991 and from the Lawrence police 13th Basic Recruit Academy in 1992.
In May 1995, he was temporarily assigned to the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit. He returned to patrol in June 1997 and currently works the midnight shift.
``He's a very reliable, young officer and the fact that he was a member of the drug enforcement unit pays tribute to his maturity and professionalism,'' Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin said.
Rather than giving an award to an individual firefighter and paramedic as in past years, the Eagles presented the Excellence in Emergency Services Award to the entire LDCF&M department, in part because of the merger of the two services on Jan. 1, 1997.
Firefighter/emergency medical technician Danny Clouse and firefighter/paramedic Miguel Armenta accepted the award on behalf of the department.
``We thought it was appropriate that two guys who are on duty today accept the award because they're the ones who have really made the merger a success,'' said deputy chief Ted McFarlane.
The Eagles Ladies Auxiliary award also was presented to Anju Mishra for her volunteer work as a peer counselor at Independence Inc.
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