Polk Sheriff’s Lt. Duane Tompkins, who was first to a north Lakeland massacre scene, was recognized Tuesday as Deputy of the Year by a coalition of Lakeland service organizations. Presidents’ Roundtable service awards also went to nearly a dozen other local first responders, Fox 13 News reports. ALSO: News Channel 8
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