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2 Clearwater police officers named Outstanding Officers for courage in armed standoff

Clearwater police Officer Eliad Glenn, left, and Officer Scott Durivou faced an armed man during a domestic dispute in March of last year and Glenn killed the man after they were unable to disarm him.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Clearwater police Officer Eliad Glenn, left, and Officer Scott Durivou faced an armed man during a domestic dispute in March of last year and Glenn killed the man after they were unable to disarm him.

CLEARWATER — Police officers Scott Durivou and Eliad Glenn risked their lives in March when they encountered an armed man during a domestic dispute.

On Wednesday, they were honored for their actions that day.

They were named the city's Outstanding Police Officers of the Year during the 33rd annual Joseph F. Cornelius Family Foundation's Outstanding Police Officer of the Year Award and the 2009 Rotary Public Safety & Service Awards luncheon.

Winners of the Public Safety & Service Award were Sgt. Ben McBride (police) and Assistant Chief Scott Magness (fire).

In addition, police Chief Sid Klein received the Cornelius Foundation's first Lifetime Achievement Award. Klein is retiring next month after nearly three decades as Clearwater's chief.

The awards were presented during a joint Rotary Club luncheon of the Rotary Club of Clearwater and the Rotary Club of Belleair at Belleair Country Club.

The late Joseph F. Cornelius, former president and CEO of the Bank of Clearwater, founded the annual award to recognize heroism or exceptional accomplishments. His daughter, Karen Crown, helped present the award.

Durivou and Glenn were awarded for actions taken March 2, when they faced Michael Gaides, 52, during a domestic dispute at the Lexington Club at Renaissance Square apartments.

Gaides fired at the officers, according to Clearwater police. Durivou struggled with Gaides to disarm him. When Durivou was not able to get control of the gun, Glenn fired to stop Gaides as he attempted to fire his weapon again, killing him.

The award acknowledges Durivou and Glenn for quick action and courage amid dangers police officers face every day.

The State Attorney's Office cleared Durivou and Glenn in the shooting later in March. In April, a department review board said Durivou and Glenn were justified in using deadly force.

The Rotary Club award is given annually to a Clearwater police officer and firefighter who have made a commitment to community involvement by giving their personal time, talents and efforts to help others.

McBride was selected for his involvement with disadvantaged youth in the community, including creating the Good Act Program, helping with an annual holiday gift distribution for displaced children and being a mentor throughout his 24-year career.

Magness was recognized for his work with the international charitable organization Global Hands of Healing. Each year, he travels to Central America to train the local "bomberos" (firefighters) and provide medical supplies and services for the residents.

2 Clearwater police officers named Outstanding Officers for courage in armed standoff 01/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 8:49pm]

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