Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dunedin Lodge 192 Presents Award to Sheriff's Deputy

Dunedin Masonic Lodge 192 has presented its 2011 Deputy of the Year award to Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Hoddinott.

Pinellas County Deputy Tom Hoddinott, left, accepts the
Deputy of the Year award from Mike Palenik, master of
Dunedin Lodge 192. At center is Hoddinott’s wife, Lisa.
The deputy was nominated for the honor for his actions on Aug. 26 that resulted in the arrest of a burglary suspect, the discovery and confiscation of 33 marijuana plants and the equipment used to grow them, and the arrest of the owner of the home where the plants and equipment were found.

The lodge gave Hoddinott a dinner in his honor, a plaque and a gift of $100, which the deputy immediately donated to the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch.

"Dunedin Lodge is proud of our long tradition of supporting local law enforcement personnel," said Lodge Master Mike Palenik. "On behalf of the lodge, we congratulate Deputy Hoddinott and thank him for his years of service and dedication. We are proud of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office."
Hoddinott, a Pinellas deputy since July 1985, started out in the detention and corrections and has served in various capacities with the agency, including patrol operations and the criminal investigations division, where he worked in the property crimes section assigned to the City of Dunedin.
He is currently assigned to the patrol operations bureau working out of the North District Station.
The award was presented at a special dinner at Kally-K's Restaurant in Dunedin. Maj. Wayne Morris, Hoddinott's supervisor, and other colleagues from the Sheriff's Office attended the ceremony.

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