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Cpl. Kyle Minnick selected as
Police Officer of the Year

Danielle Ryan

(12/21) On December 12, Jonathan Hamrick, Chairperson for the Thurmont Lions Club Police Officer of the Year Committee, proudly presented the 2017 Police Officer of the Year Award to Cpl. Kyle Minnick.

Minnick began his career with the Thurmont Police Department in January 2012, and received the designation of Corporal in October 2016. Since his time with the Thurmont Police Department, Minnick has saved the lives of numerous persons in the community suffering from drug overdoses by utilizing the Narcan program, and has earned his Supervisory role in the department. He was instrumental in writing a grant to purchase a license plate reader for the Thurmont agency and has been helpful in maintaining the agencyís ETIX software within all police vehicles. Minnick was presented with a plaque, gift certificate and a donation was made to his charity of choice, the Thurmont Historical Society.

Earlier in the meeting, Commissioner Wayne Hooper presented a check in the amount of $2,520.78 to the Thurmont Food Bank. For the past few years, Thurmontís Annual Halloween in the Park has been a community event that has allowed the town to help raise significant funds for the local food bank. Last year, $2,700 was raised, with the help of a generous $2,000 donation from Walmart. This year, in addition to the funds raised, Thurmont was also able to collect a truckload of non-perishable food items that were donated to the food bank.

Thurmontís Halloween in the Park is an event held every year that provides an evening of spooktacular fun for families in the community. Hayrides, a haunted house, refreshments and childrenís activities are all part of the admission fee. All proceeds go toward the Thurmont Food Bank. If you missed this event this year, try to stop by next year. Itís an evening full of fun and also helps the community.

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