Both were recognized with Annual Officer of the Year Awards for 2017 in January at the Palm Beach Policemen’s Ball at Mar-a-Lago for risking their lives last May to save two swimmers in distress off the beach on Clarke Avenue.
Then in April 2018 at the Palm Beach Civic Association's Annual Meeting & End of Season Celebration at the Flagler Museum, these first responders procured another prestigious honor, the Civic Association’s Annual Raymond J. Kunkel Award, given to individuals or groups that render heroic and/or meritorious service to the Palm Beach community.
These courageous men hit the trifecta when they were honored yet again on June 8, 2018 with the Life Saving Award at the LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) Awards Luncheon at PGA National Resort & Spa. More than 700 people from 40 different Law Enforcement Agencies attended, including the Sheriffs from four counties.
The Palm Beach Police Foundation sponsors a table every year so that Palm Beach Police Department members can attend the Annual "Salute to Local Law Enforcement Officers," which honors and recognizes the outstanding work of local law enforcement professionals.
This year, Officers Burgoon and DeJesse attended with Deputy Chief Ann-Marie Taylor, Captain Gino Silvestri, Michael Belisle, the Foundation's Second Vice President, Detective Jonathan Hanning, Detective David Watson, Detective Gary Walley, Lisa H. Loomis, Executive Director of the Foundation, Administrative Assistant Nina Toscano and other officers nominated by the Palm Beach Police Department. Captain Mick Keehan serves on the planning committee for the luncheon.
The organization behind the annual recognition event is ASIS International, the most significant organization for security professionals in the world, with more than 37,000 members in over 200 local chapters. ASIS International is committed to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals and law enforcement by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests. At the annual luncheon, awards in several categories are presented that recognize the work of law enforcement professionals in our area. Next year will mark the 11th anniversary of the local luncheon.