Stan Naccarato (R), first recipient and namesake of the Stan Naccarato Community Service Award and Gary Yazwa, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, present Lakewood Police Chief with the award for 2007 for his dedication and service to his community.
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound held its “it just takes ONE Luncheon” at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall on Thursday and presented its Stan Naccarato Community Service Award to two distinguished citizens. Melanie Dressel, President and CEO of Columbia Bank and Lakewood’s Police Chief Larry Saunders were both honored for their dedication to various aspects of their communities.
Chief Saunders was cited for lifetime commitment to a number of causes and positions of high responsibility. Saunders is a retired colonel, serving in the Military Police branch of the U.S. Army. He joined the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and from there was tasked to head up the Lakewood detachment. When Lakewood became incorporated Saunders was chosen to become the city’s first chief of police, a position he continues to hold today.
Saunders holds membership and leadership positions in an impressive and long list of community and professional organizations including the International Association of Police Chiefs, a fellow of the Tacoma/Pierce County Chapter, American Leadership Forum, an executive board member of both Tacoma/Pierce County Safe Streets and Lakewood’s Promise for Youth. Both he and his wife Sally are very active members of Lakewood First Lions Club and each has been awarded the Lions Club International Foundation’s highest honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
Story and Photo by Ed Kane