Officer of the Year Finalists

Announced for Law and Order Ball

Five finalists for Officer of the Year have been chosen and they, along with all the outstanding nominees from seven local law enforcement agencies, will be honored at the Law and Order Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at Germain Arena in Estero. Tickets are now on sale for this gala event, which recognizes local law enforcement and celebrates their dedication and commitment to our community.

In a blind judging process, judges from the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South and other community leaders selected the following finalists from nominees selected by their respective departments: Sergeant John Kulko, Cape Coral Police Department; Officer Cassie McHale, Fort Myers Police Department; Detective Michael Cahill, Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Sheriff First Class Jarrod Cantrell, Lee County Sheriff’s Office; and Sergeant James Matthew Chitwood, Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

One special hero will be awarded and receive a custom designed piece by Rotarian Mark Loren of Mark Loren Designs.

This gala event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous dinner, a silent and live auction, entertainment and some very special surprises. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation and Lee County law enforcement youth programs.

Tickets are now on sale for the event. Returning this year is the Fund-A-Cop program, an opportunity to help a member of Lee County Law Enforcement to attend by underwriting the cost of a ticket for him or her. Tickets are $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets for your party or for officers through the Fund-A-Cop opportunity, visit

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