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FBI Cleveland Honors Fred Szabo with Director’s Community Leadership Award

FBI Cleveland April 03, 2013
  • Special Agent Vicki D. Anderson (216) 522-1400

On Friday, April 5, 2013, Fred Szabo, commissioner of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), will receive the prestigious FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his support of law enforcement and advocacy of crime prevention. For the past 12 years, Fred Szabo has been responsible for the daily operations, safety, security, maintenance, and regulation requirements of a Category I airport. Mr. Szabo initiated the Honoring Fallen Soldiers Program at CLE subsequent to the events of 9/11. This program continues today by honoring any returning military personnel killed while serving. Mr. Szabo is a veteran of law enforcement with over 30 years of service, including several key positions in the Cleveland Division of Police, assistant director of Public Safety for the City of Cleveland, and acting EMS commissioner.

The Director’s Community Leadership Award, presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI, was formally created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America. Visit the FBI website at www.fbi.gov for details on the people and organizations who have most recently been recognized around the country for their service above and beyond the call of duty to help keep America and its kids safe.

Fred Szabo joins the ranks of recent Cleveland winners: the Jimmy Malone Scholarship Fund, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and Toledo’s Second Chance organization. FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony stated, “The dedication these recipients have to their community and the compassion they have toward members of their communities is clearly evidenced by their work. The FBI is pleased to honor Mr. Szabo for his over 30 years of dedication to serving the citizens of our region.”

For any questions regarding the FBI’s Community Outreach Program, visit www.fbi.gov or contact Cleveland FBI’s Assistant Community Outreach Specialist, Sarah Cahill, 216.522.1400.