Earlier this week, we told you that East Hampton Town Police Detective Tina Giles was named the department's 2012 Officer of the Year.
A 27-year veteran of the department, and its first, and only, female detective, Giles is well-respected among her peers and in the community. That was never more apparent than when East Hampton Patch readers congratulated Giles on her award. It's clear she is a valued part of East Hampton.
Here's a round-up of some of the most touching comments:
East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson wrote, "The Town of East Hampton is extremely proud of your work and admire your passion for your community."
East Hampton Village Administrator Larry Cantwell said, "Tina, You make us all proud, congratulations for the work you do and the person you are."
Linda Biscardi Fuller said, "Excellent, congratulations to Detective Giles, East Hampton's finest!"
Kevin Gray wrote, "A true asset to our community. Authentic and endearing, Thank you, Tina."
Joan Lycke said, "Tina, So proud of you have watched you grow from high school and college and then become the great woman and mother you are today. All of the community here in E.H. are so lucky to have you. Congratulations on a job well done!!"
Joyce McFadden: "Congratulations Tina! Our community is lucky to have your intelligence and compassion keeping our kids safe. You're an inspiration."
Cam Gleason: "Congratulations Tina! And our community thanks you for your pursuit of the perpetrator of threats to our children."
Former East Hampton Town Councilwoman Debra Brodie Foster said, "When we worked together at Springs School, I could always trust that you would do the right thing for our students and they knew with your quiet strength that you were in their corner. Well done."
Again, we offer our congratulations to Detective Giles!