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2017 Officer David White Scholarship Awarded to Kayla Gettemy

The 2017 Officer David White Scholarship was awarded to Kayla Gettemy, daughter of Naperville Police Department Commander Ken Gettemy.   Park Police Chief Carl Schnibben and Officer David White presented the award to Ms. Gettemy at the annual Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) dinner on Thursday evening, May 18.

The $4,000 scholarship honors the compassionate public service demonstrated by Naperville Park Police Officer David White, whose actions helped save a young man’s life in 2006.

“The scholarship panel agreed that Kayla clearly models the attitude of service and concern for others that this award stands for,” stated Chief Schnibben.

The scholarship is open to an individual age 25 and under who either is a son or daughter of an active duty Naperville police officer, park police officer, or firefighter or someone who is serving in one of these roles themselves.  Naperville Police Explorers and Naperville Fire Explorers also are eligible.

Initially funded by an anonymous donor for a period of ten years, the scholarship is now in its eleventh year, thanks to a donation by Naperville Mayor Emeritus George Pradel and an additional contribution by the original donor.  

L to R: Park Police Chief Carl Schnibben, Kayla Gettemy, Park Police Officer David White


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