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Optimists Honor Local Officers

Vienna Police Officer Patrick Kiley and Fairfax County Officer Philip C. Stone recognized.

Fairfax County police officer PFC Philip C. Stone [left] accepts the “Charles A. Robinson Jr. Respect for the Law” award from Vienna Optimists’ vice president Michele Wright. Captain John Naylor, Commander of the Fair Oaks District Station, introduced Stone.

Fairfax County police officer PFC Philip C. Stone [left] accepts the “Charles A. Robinson Jr. Respect for the Law” award from Vienna Optimists’ vice president Michele Wright. Captain John Naylor, Commander of the Fair Oaks District Station, introduced Stone. Photo by Donna Manz.

On June 18, the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna honored Town of Vienna Police Officer Patrick J. Kiley and Fairfax County Police Officer PFC Philip C. Stone, Fair Oaks District, with its “Charles A. Robinson Jr. Respect for the Law” awards. The award presentation is embraced by more than 1,500 clubs nationally.

“The awards recognize police officers who have made a significant contribution to the community and the safety and welfare of citizens in the Vienna-Oakton area,” said community outreach vice president Michele Wright. “They are the silent partners in our community’s wellness.”

Vienna Police Chief Col. James Morris introduced Kiley, a 3-1/2 year VPD veteran, at the podium. Kiley’s commanding officer, Sgt. Pete Elias described Kiley as having “great potential.”

He volunteers for a lot of things,” said Elias, mentioning Kiley’s participation in the County’s Field Training Institute where Kiley trains new officers, and his work as a bicycle officer and Breathalizer technician. Elias said Kiley is one of the officers making the most arrests in the department, including drug arrests.

Captain John Naylor, Commander of the Fair Oaks District station, introduced six-year veteran PFC Stone. “They really do earn this award,” said Naylor. “The Vienna-Oakton area is one of the busiest areas of Fair Oaks, and Officer Stone has a knack for getting inside vehicles, consensual vehicle searches.”

Of 94 officers in the Fair Oaks station, Stone is fifth in total arrests. From May 2013 to May 2014, Stone had 105 arrests, mostly for drug and traffic violations. While on patrol in December 2012, Stone’s suspicions led him to interrogating suspects involved in a murder on Glengyle Drive in December 2012.

The awards are named in honor of the late Charles A. Robinson, Jr., longtime mayor of Vienna who recognized the value and importance of a safe community. “Respect for the Law” recipients received engraved plaques.

To join the Optimists or learn more about their civic participation, go to www.optimistclubofgreatervienna.org.