Elks Honor Officer

Recognized for drug enforcement

Mark Thomas, a member of the Beacon Elks Lodge No. 1493, was named the recipient of the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Award from the state Elks Association at its annual convention in Rochester. Thomas’ name also was submitted for consideration for the national award.

Thomas, a retired city police officer, was named on Aug. 7 as director of security for the Beacon City School District. He had been senior security monitor at Glenham Elementary.

The Camarena award is given to police officers who go above and beyond to protect the community from illicit drugs. The award was established to honor Camarena, a federal drug enforcement officer who was killed in 1985 by a Mexican cartel.

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