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NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Special Olympics Volusia has awarded Detective Chris Salomone of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, the group's police agency coordinator, with the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.
The award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in the American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.
Detective Salomone, with the support and assistance of many officers and staff of the Police Department, exceeded the 500-plus hours of volunteer service needed to be eligible for the Award, Gold level. He has earned more than 700 hours in six years organizing a police motorcycle skills competition each of those six years, to benefit Special Olympics Volusia. In addition, he is the Department's Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Award recipients receive a certificate of achievement, a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States, and an official President's Award pin.
Detective Salomone's award items were presented to him recently at a ceremony at the Police Department.