Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Public Safety Officers

2012 North Mecklenburg Public Safety Officers / Volunteers of the Year

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce saluted the men and women who work tirelessly to protect and serve the families and businesses of the Lake Norman region at a Public Safety Luncheon held at River Run Country Club in Davidson Thursday, October 18, 2012.  The seventh annual event was keynoted by Kathryn Firmin-Sellers, PhD, the Region Director for United Family Services.  Fermin-Sellers gave an update on the need for a North Mecklenburg Magistrate and the progress of a victim’s advocate which currently serves the three towns.  She also presented the first 2012 Champion for Victim’s Rights to Inge Garrison from Presbyterian Hospital.

Chamber president Bill Russell, emceed the event and spoke to the critical role the police, fire, and first responders play in making the community a great place to live and work.  The Chamber presented awards to the most outstanding officer from each North Mecklenburg department, selected by their respective chief.

The awards program was presented by Wells Fargo Bank and sponsored by Lake Norman Publications, Central Piedmont Community College, and Crime Stoppers. 

The Lake Norman Chamber Public Service Award recipients for 2012 included: Officer Matthew Sheppard- Cornelius Police Department, Officer Melvin Waller, Jr. –  Police Department, Detective Tim Lesser – Huntersville Police Department, Firefighter E.J. McCormick – Cornelius Lemley Fire Rescue, Firefighter Matthew Jovic – Davidson Fire Department, Firefighter Brent Irvin – Huntersville Fire Department, and John “Koppy” Williams – North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad, Inc.

The Crime Stopper of the Year was presented by Crime Stopper’s Chairman Tommy Davis who was also recognized by Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle for his service to the region.  This year’s recipient was Nancy McGahey.

The Lake Norman Chamber represents approximately 900 businesses in the Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and greater Lake Norman region.  For more information about the Chamber visit


Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce to recognize Regional Public Safety Officers

Pictured are the recipients of the 2011 Public Safety Officers of the Year

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host the seventh annual salute to North Mecklenburg Public Safety officers and volunteers at a special luncheon Thursday, October 18th at the River Run Country Club in Davidson.  The event presented by Wells Fargo Bank is sponsored by CPCC – Merancas Campus (Formerly North Campus), The Herald Weekly Newspaper, and Crime Stoppers.  An officer from the Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville Police Departments will be honored as well as members of the North Meck Rescue, the local fire departments, and Crime Stoppers.

In addition to honoring the officers, the Guest Speaker will be Kathryn Fermin-Sellers, PhD, Region Director of United Family Services, who will give an update on the work being done by the UFS victim advocate in her first year and how that relates to the local communities ongoing efforts to bring a magistrate to the Lake Norman region.

Kevin Pote, Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank stated that, “Wells Fargo Bank is again pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the North Mecklenburg Public Safety Luncheon.  Public Safety is a critical component of our community and we want to personally thank the men and women who make our communities a safer and better place to work, live, and visit.”

Registration is $16 for Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for non-members.  Call the Chamber at 704-892-1922 to RSVP.