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Sanibel officer recognized for service to country, community

By CITY OF SANIBEL - | Oct 28, 2020

CITY OF SANIBEL Sanibel Police Officer Magdiel “Maxx” Bernier speaking as part of the virtual Sanibel Veterans Day Program, which will be released on Nov. 11.

The city of Sanibel reported that 19 veterans of the U.S. military service are among its workforce.

It added that the Lee Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will give special recognition to one, Sanibel Police Officer Magdiel “Maxx” Bernier, for his service to the country and community. On Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., the city and the Lee Coast Chapter of the MOAA will release the virtual Sanibel Veteran’s Day Program via the city’s Website, email and Facebook page.

Bernier joined the Sanibel Police Department in 2017. During his time with the city, he has been recognized as one of the 2019 Lee County Officers of the Year and has received Lifesaving Commendations. Bernier is also a member of the police department’s Color Guard.

In 2018, Bernier received the city’s Medal of Honor Citation for an extreme act of heroism when without hesitation he removed his duty gear and saved a swimmer in distress at Lighthouse Beach Park. He also received the city’s Lifesaving Commendation in 2018 for when he was first on the scene for a non-responsive person and immediately administered chest compressions. The person was subsequently transported to the hospital and survived.

Bernier has served in the U.S. Army since 2008. For five years, he served with the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as an all wheeled mechanic. Bernier served two combat deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2013, he transitioned to the U.S. Army Reserve. Bernier is currently serving as a combat engineer with the 365th Engineer Sapper Company out of Cape Coral. He holds certifications as a sling load inspector, low cost/low altitude drop specialist, wrecker recovery specialist and combat life saver.

The decorations Bernier earned while serving in the U.S. Army include:

– Army Sharpshooter Badge

– Army Commendation Medal

– Army Achievement Medal

– National Defense Service Medal

– Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars

– Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

– Overseas Service Ribbon

– Army Service Ribbon

– Army Good Conduct Medal

– Mechanics Badge

– Driver Badge

– Valorous Unit Award OEF 10-11

The 19 city employees who are veterans of the U.S. military service include:

– Anthony Thompson, Police Department, Marines

– Arthur Stallsmith, Utilities Operations with Community Services, Navy

– Chad Maik, Police Department, Air Force

– Christopher Kwek, Public Works Operations with Community Services, Army

– Christopher Salter, Public Works Operations with Community Services, Marines

– Courtney McCarthy, Police Department, U.S Coast Guard

– James Isom, Administrative Services, Army

– John Agnew, Legal, Army

– John Hall, Police Department, Marines

– Joshua Ooyman, Planning Branch with Community Services, Marines

– Kelsey Reed, Public Works Operations with Community Services, Army

– Magdiel Bernier, Police Department, Army

– Matthew Fannon, Recreation Department, Marines

– Michelle Rose, Police Department, Army National Guard

– Mike Claney, Information Technology (MIS), Navy

– Rodd Bell, Public Works Operations with Community Services, Navy

– Sabine Schroeder, Support Services Branch with Community Services, Army National Guard

– Samuel Halverson, Public Works Operations with Community Services, Army

– Timothy Moore, Planning Branch with Community Services, Air Force