April 18, 2024 1:19 pm

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Mukilteo resident recognized for her vigilance in reducing crime

MUKILTEO—Mukilteo Police Chief Andy Illyn presented local crime fighter and resident, Debbie Willcut, on February 20 with the Community Law Enforcement Award for her exemplary volunteer service to public safety. Below is his speech to the City Council in its entirety:

Debbie Willcut
Mukilteo resident Debbie Willcut (center) with officers of the Mukilteo Police Department. Lynnwood Times | Mario Lotmore

“One of our core values at the Mukilteo Police Department is Community. Yet, I haven’t always done the best job of recognizing our excellent partners within our city. Tonight, I want to rectify that by presenting a very special award.

“Since arriving in our city, Debbie has exemplified unwavering dedication to our department. Her steadfast support is evident through her consistent donations of snacks, cards and amazing lemon bars, providing food and reminding our officers that the community appreciates their often selfless and unseen actions. I don’t think I would be exaggerating by saying she stops by almost weekly.

“Debbie’s partnership with the Mukilteo Police Department has been nothing short of exemplary. Her proactive engagement in various initiatives, including her participation in the citizen’s academy, presence at National Night Out events, attendance at promotion ceremonies, and active involvement in community meetings, demonstrates her deep commitment to fostering a strong and collaborative bond between the community and law enforcement.

“Furthermore, Debbie’s invaluable role as a source of crucial information cannot be overstated. Her willingness to pass on tips to the department has directly contributed to the success of several operations, underscoring the significant impact of citizen engagement on our collective efforts to ensure public safety.

“Debbie Wilcutt’s selfless dedication, proactive involvement, and valuable contributions embody the spirit of the Community Law Enforcement Award. Her exemplary support and partnership with the Police Department serve as a shining example of the positive impact that an engaged citizen can have on law enforcement and the community as a whole.

“In recognition of Debbie Willcut’s exceptional commitment to supporting the Police Department and her outstanding contributions to the community, we proudly present her with the Community Law Enforcement Award.”

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