Antignano named Officer of the Year
Officer John Antignano, an eight-year veteran of the High Point Police Department, is the department’s Officer of the Year.
Police leaders recognized Antignano and others, selected for recognitions by their peers, during a ceremony this week.
Antignano is assigned to the Patrol Division on Fox Team and Beat 3, the Southside Initiative Area. He was commended for having a strong work ethic and working well with other Fox Team officers to combat crime problems.
As a field training officer, Antignano is responsible for the proper training of new department recruits. He is one of the most active departmental firearms instructors. He teaches in-service pistol qualification dates, rifle qualification, Basic Rifle School, Advanced Rifle School, sniper training, Remedial Firearms, open range dates, and various other advanced schools to fellow officers and officers from other agencies.
Antignano also is one of two officers responsible for the upkeep of the new Lenco Bearcat Armored Vehicle.
Other recognitions included:
• Reserve Officer of The Year: A sworn reserve officer since 2005, Michael Levins also is a full-time member of the High Point Fire Department. He became a city fire marshal in March 2001.
A native of Hicksville, N.Y., he joined the U.S. Air Force in October 1976 and was an aircraft maintenance specialist for four years and a fire protection technician for 16 years. His posts included McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska, Kuwait International Airport, and Fort Dix, N.J. He retired from the Air Force as a master sergeant in November 1996.
Levins and his wife Donna have four children and six grandchildren.
• Civilian of the Year: Carmelita Dockery ensures that all department employees are properly paid by coordinating with multiple time-keepers to make sure all their work is completed. Dockery was recognized for often working on weekends to meet deadlines and for working with a great attitude. She also assists with law enforcement officer memorial events, retirement ceremonies and the chief’s Christmas luncheon.
“Carmelita exemplifies what teamwork and helpfulness are meant to be,” according to the commendation comments.
• Volunteer of the Year — Tom F. Holtham Jr. also was awarded the Chief’s Award for his volunteer service.
A native of New York and a retired accountant, Holtham has been a department volunteer for 15 years. He works with the records and crime lab units proofreading fingerprint cards for arrest records, as well as any other task needed.
Holtham has averaged at least eight hours each week during his 15 years of service for about 6,300 hours of volunteer service. That translates to nearly $100,000 in salary savings.
Holtham is an active volunteer in the school system and has mentored many children in the Communities in Schools programs. He also volunteers at High Point Regional Hospital, where he enjoys taking “his kids” to places that they would not be able to go otherwise, such as water parks, movies, museums and restaurants.
Holtham also is an active member of his church and recently coordinated a fundraiser golf tournament for a friend who is battling cancer. He frequently volunteers for various church fundraisers and events that are designed to help the needy.
He is the longest tenured department volunteer. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Marilyn.