Members of the Southlake Police and Fire Departments gathered today to receive a special gift from former Council Member Al Zito.
The gift is a special piece of artwork commissioned by Mr. Zito depicting an American flag with a special blue and red line representing Southlake Police Officers and Firefighters. Engraved in the art is the word “Pride.” On the back is written, “With thanks and prayers ~ Al Zito.” The artist, Patrick Neuwirth of Iron Chinchilla Design, is a local artist located in Keller.
Mr. Zito, speaking at the presentation this afternoon said, “The last year has been especially difficult for police officers. I worry about you and your safety and the safety of Southlake Firefighters every day and I wanted to do something to show my appreciation.” He added, “The dedication and heart that all of you have shows in the work that you do for the citizens of Southlake. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Chief Mike Starr said, “I have known Al for a long time and have had the pleasure of serving with him during his tenure on the City council. I know his dedication to the members of the Fire Department and this City is truly genuine and we are forever grateful.”
Chief James Brandon said, “It is a great honor to receive this gift, especially from someone who continues to be a great supporter of the Police Department and the City of Southlake. It means so much to the men and women who serve this City, and we are truly humbled.”
Zito was a board member for the Bob Jones Nature Center from 2010 to 2015 and a City Council Member from May 2010 to May 2013.
The art will proudly be displayed at our main Department of Public Safety headquarters.