The Scotts Valley Exchange Club has honored two public servants with its annual police officer and firefighter of the year awards.
The service club has planned a dinner in honor of the 2012 recipients on Friday, April 26.
Officer Todd Whitehurst
Officer Todd Whitehurst of Scotts Valley Police Department was named as the exchange club’s police department employee of the year.
According to the department, Whitehurst was hired in May 2011 and has established himself as a proactive, professional officer.
Whitehurst is credited with making 37 arrests for driving under the influence in 2012, including many severely intoxicated people.
In one 12-hour shift, Whitehurst made three separate DUI arrests in Scotts Valley, something not seen in more than 20 years according to the department.
Whitehurst is also credited with conducting a traffic stop in May 2012 of a person on parole that led to the discovery of hundreds of documents belonging to victims of identity theft and more than $1,000 in counterfeit money.
In December, Whitehurst received a Chief’s Commendation for saving the life of a 50-year-old man who was having a heart attack.
He arrived at the man’s side within 30 seconds of being dispatched, radioed for medical help and administered CPR until firefighters arrived and used a defibrillator.
The man is expected to make a full recovery.
Fire Marshal Marianne Marsano
Scotts Valley Fire Protection District’s former fire marshal, Marianne Marsano, is the 2012 Scotts Valley Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year.
Marsano, who retired from her post March 30, is honored for 25 years of service to the Scotts Valley community.
Marsano began her career as a fire inspector apprentice for the county of Santa Cruz in 1985. She joined the Freedom Fire Department in 1985 and was hired by Scotts Valley in October 1988 as a fire inspector.
According to the district, she became known for communicating effectively with contractors, community groups and the public.
Marsano was promoted to deputy fire marshal in 1994 and fire marshal in 2005. She was responsible for managing the district’s fire prevention program and interpreting and enforcing fire laws and regulations.