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Posted on: March 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] VIPS Honored for Service


50 Grapevine Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) earned Presidential Awards at the 2019 Awards Banquet held in the Grand Hall of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

In 2018, active police volunteers contributed 18,863 volunteer hours, and the equivalent of $465,616 in work to the Grapevine community and police department.  VIPS activities vary by interest levels and need.  They include helping at Animal Services, Records, the front desk, jail, gun range, Criminal Investigations Division, as well as supporting community events, police candidate testing, vacation checks, Sky Watch, patrols, fleet services and the speed trailer.

25 VIPS earned the Bronze Presidential  Award for 100-249 hours in 2018:GPD_4513

  • Lydia Blake
  • Connie Borley
  • Jon Briggs
  • Jonathan Burkholder
  • Lyle Fette
  • Stephen Fisher
  • George Gluck
  • Charlie Hare
  • Ray Harris
  • Dave Herrington
  • Jason Huang
  • Scott King
  • Ken Lee
  • Earl Mahar
  • Alan Moore
  • Deanne Moore
  • Nikki Perry
  • Darlene Peters
  • Chris Reyher
  • Georjean Sherriff
  • Ed Shiller
  • Wayne Taylor
  • Dick Thompson
  • Loretta Zumbaugh
  • Mike Zumbaugh

13 Grapevine VIPS earned the Silver Presidential Award for 250-499 hours:


  • Mary Lou Barabash
  • Bob Bauerschmidt
  • Veronica Bigio
  • Mary Davis
  • Ray Friesen
  • Beverly Haselhorst
  • Keith Haselhorst
  • Tom Madden
  • Dave Perry
  • Ruth Poindexter
  • Jan Preisler
  • Sheila Rhodes
  • Phil Vaughn

11 Grapevine VIPS earned the Gold Presidential Award for 500 or more hours in 2018:


  • John Bush
  • Colin Cresswell
  • Lynn Kearney
  • Joe Luccioni
  • Robert Matthews
  • Don Mayo
  • Joy Mayo
  • Ed Peters
  • Gerald Shannon
  • Dixie Turner
  • Phil Williams

Grapevine VIPS President Joe Luccioni also earned the Lifetime Presidential Award for 4,000 cumulative hours.


Grapevine City Councilman Paul Slechta served as the Guest Speaker for the event, while Grapevine Police Chief Mike Hamlin and Grapevine Police Assistant Chief Tim Hall joined in the Presentation of Awards.  Special thanks go out to all city leaders who attended the banquet in a show of support for the VIPS: Mayor William D. Tate, City Manager Bruno Rumbelow, Assistant City Manager Jennifer Hibbs, City Councilwoman Sharron Rogers, Mayor Pro Tem Darlene Freed, City Councilman Chris Coy, and City Councilwoman Duff O'Dell. Grapevine Police Chaplain Mark Massey is recognized for leading the Invocation, while Lieutenant Barry Bowling gave the Benediction. Much appreciation also goes to Sergeant Jason Keller for leading the event and supporting the VIPS throughout the year.

Special thanks go out to all of the local businesses that donated door prizes for VIPS:

  • AJ's On Main
  • Big Fish
  • Blagg Tire & Service
  • Cuidado Casero
  • DFW Smiles
  • Dr. Sue's Chocolates
  • Farina's
  • Farmers Market of Grapevine
  • Ferrari's
  • Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Grimaldi's
  • Kilwins Grapevine
  • Master Made Feeds
  • Messina Hof Winery
  • Napoli's
  • Off the Vine
  • Outlaw Cider Company
  • Sloan and Williams Winery
  • Sweet Spot Donuts
  • The British Emporium
  • The REC of Grapevine
  • Tolbert's Restaurant
  • Torres Family
  • Trader Joe's (Southlake)
  • Willhoite's Restaurant
  • Wise Guys Pizzeria
  • Grapevine Police Department
  • Chief Mike Hamlin
  • Assistant Chief Tim Hall
  • Mayor Pro-Tem Darlene Freed
  • Councilwoman Duff O'Dell
  • Councilwoman Sharron Rogers
  • Councilman Paul Slechta

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