By Marney Simon | Enterprise Staff
It’s not an easy job to protect the public’s safety.
But in 2016, two members of the Plainfield Police Department completed that job so efficiently, they were given one of the highest honors possible.
Officer Brian Heath and Executive Assistant Becky Marzetta were honored as the 2016 Officer and Civilian of the year, respectively. Police Chief John Konopek presented the pair to the Village Board on Monday, May 15.
The Officer of the Year award recognizes officers who serve both the department and the village.
Officer Heath has served as a patrol officer, most recently assigned to the traffic unit.
“In the traffic unit, Officer Health excels beyond expectations,” Konopek said. “During 2016, Officer Heath issued the most citations, 1,466, in the department. In addition, Officer Heath issued the most speeding citations, 841. As you’re aware, speeding is the number one complaint that we receive throughout the year.”
Heath has received several awards and letters of recognition for his work, including an incident in November 2016, when he tried to save victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Heath was first hired as a police officer in 2008, but was temporarily laid off, but returned to the village in 2011.
The Civilian of the Year award recognizes a civil servant whose service to the department and the village is exceptional and professional.
Marzetta first joined the department staff in 2005 as a records technician.
“As a records technician, Becky was entrusted with several different roles, and… performed each of them at an exceptional level,” Konopek said.
“During the last year, Becky exceeded each and every expectation set forth by her immediate supervisor. Although Becky had ample amounts of work already, she took on and willingly accepted several additional tasks.”
In addition to regular duties, Marzetta monitors the PD’s social media accounts and tracks traffic crash data and tracks grant applications.
“She always has a positive attitude, and is very well organized,” Konopek said.
Marzetta has been an Executive Assistant since 2014.
Heath and Marzetta were honored last week at the annual awards ceremony held by the department.
“These awards are voted on by the other members of the police department,” Konopek said, noting that the pair were recognized not just by the administration but by their peers.
Members of the village board thanked Heath and Marzetta for their service.
“We have a wonderful force,” said Trustee Margie Bonuchi. “The reason people are safe in this town is the hard work of all the people involved with the police department.”