The woman who has served the city of Daleville Department of Public Safety for more than three decades was recognized with a retirement reception held in her honor at the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center Sept. 29.
Anne Tomanio has served with the city’s first responders since Aug. 4, 1986. Her last day of service ended with the reception attended by family and friends and co-workers past and present.
“It’s not going to feel right coming in tomorrow morning and she won’t be here,” said Daleville DPS Director Chief Allen Medley. “We’re still waiting for it to really sink in.
“Miss Anne has kept us toge”’
Wess Etheredge, who served as Daleville mayor for 16 years and DPS Director for 12, presented Tomanio with an original official city coin which bears the design of a helicopter with an eagle under it.
“We had a contest when Gene Hughes was mayor for the Daleville school students to come up with a design for the city’s logo. The city logo has since been changed. There are not a lot of these coins around today but I kind of like this original design, don’t you?” he asked Tomanio with a smile.
Tomanio was presented flowers, an engraved wooden plaque, a cross bearing inscribed with a police officer’s badge and a prayer for first responders. She was also presented with a pound cake, her favorite she said.
Medley also unpinned his police chief’s badge off his uniform and presented it to Tomanio. “I was going to present you with a sergeant’s badge but I think it’s more appropriate to present you with the director’s badge because that is what you have been to us.
“Hopefully this will all remind you of us because ain’t nobody going to ever forget you,” Medley said. “We love you.
“On behalf of the whole Daleville Department of Public Safety, thank you so much,” a visibly emotional Medley told Tomanio. “You are going to be missed and we love you so much.”