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2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Albany Sam and Linda Palazzole

Albany field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The Albany Division is pleased to honor Sam and Linda Palazzole for their work in establishing a local office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Mr. Palazzole and John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted, were college roommates. Mr. Palazzole remembers when Walsh’s son Adam was murdered at age 6. The Palazzoles’ personal connection keeps them committed to the prevention of crimes against children.

After years of fundraising, in 2011 the Palazzoles accomplished their goal of opening a local NCMEC in Albany. Community groups now turn to the Albany center for educational programs about child abduction and sexual exploitation. In addition, the center offers electronic child identification cards and Internet safety courses throughout the region.

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FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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