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Posted on: February 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 2022 Key West Police Officer of the Year Named

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Police Chief Sean Brandenburg named Officer Tyler Getchel as Officer of the Year for 2022 during the department's annual awards ceremony hosted by the Grand Key Resort.

Officer Getchel started with the Key West Police Department in October 2018.

“During his time with the department, he has earned a reputation as an individual who never says no,” said Chief Brandenburg, noting that Officer Getchel has served as road patrol and in the Marine Unit.

“In a year when our resources have been stretched,” said Chief Brandenburg, “Officer Getchel's willingness to take on the lion's share of work has been invaluable to the department. He offers to take on extra days and assists outside agencies.  He works to train his fellow officers to ensure that the duties of protecting our port are up to federal standards.”

Keys Federal Credit Union sponsored the award and presented Officer Getchel with a check for $500.

Officer Getchel was also recognized as Officer of the First Half of 2022.

"Officer Getchel," noted Chief Brandenburg, "conducts himself daily with enthusiasm, passion, pride, and compassion."

2022 KWPD Officer of the year Tyler Getchel

In the photo: Keys Federal Credit Union President Jason Beeman, Officer Tyler Getchel, Chief Sean Brandenburg, and Keys Federal Credit Union’s Gisselle Garcia.

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