MOUNT VERNON — Officer Qade Lewis didn’t just make a good first impression at the Mount Vernon Police Department, he made good first and second impressions.
Lewis was named recipient of the Thomas Bartlett Award for the second straight year at a ceremony Thursday afternoon at police headquarters. The award, previously known as the Officer of the Year Award, is named in honor of long-time Mount Vernon Police Chief Thomas Bartlett, who passed away in 2006.
The award has been given out five times, and Lewis is the first repeat recipient. He has been in law enforcement for less than three years, but obviously has gained the respect and admiration of his peers.
“It says a lot that he is being recognized again this year,” Captain George Hartz said in presenting the award. “Qade is an outstanding officer and a hard, dedicated worker.”
A statement from Chief Mike Merrilees reads in part: “The award is a commendation for outstanding public service and is presented to the individual that best represents the qualities of integrity, loyalty and dedication to the department and to the citizens it serves.”
“Chief Merrilees pulled me in and told me I’d been selected again, and it was really a big surprise,” Officer Lewis said.