Town of Fenwick Island

A Message From The Mayor

Mayor Vicki Carmean

Hello April! This month is living up to its “undependable” reputation: one day it’s warm and sunny while the next is cold and rainy. But a good day at the beach doesn’t always produce perfect weather. It just needs to inspire appreciation for the amazing people and beautiful community around us.

One group of people I have enjoyed getting to know during my years on Council are the seven dedicated police officers who protect Fenwick 24 x 7. Most of their encounters with the public here are positive and pleasant, but occasionally unexpected events place these officers in very dangerous situations. One such time occurred last April 25, 2021, when FI Corporal Christopher Story was close to returning home after completing a 12-hour shift in Fenwick. Suddenly when his police radio crackled with the news of an “officer down” in the Delmar area, Corporal Story redirected his car and arrived shortly at the scene to provide the necessary protective support for what turned out to be a deadly police homicide that began in a Delmar neighborhood and continued on to a tragic conclusion at a nearby hospital. Not only was a fellow officer fatally wounded, but that officer was also a friend of Corporal Story and other FI officers. Due to their efforts to contain the violence and protect the public that day, Corporal Story along with 11 other Patrolmen, Sheriffs and State Troopers received Superintendent’s Citations, one of the highest awards for outstanding service offered by the Delaware State Police.

Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, Colonel Melissa A. Zebley, Fenwick Island Police Chief John Devlin and Corporal Chris Story

Pictured: Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, Colonel Melissa A. Zebley, Fenwick Island Police Chief John Devlin and Fenwick Island Corporal Chris Story after receiving his Superintendent’s Citation on April 1, 2022.

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