TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Anthony Holloway as the 39th Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight's game against the Nashville Predators. Holloway, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Derrick Brooks Charities, United Way, Clearwater for Youth and St. Pete Police Explorer Post.
It is the duty of the police department to protect and to serve the community. As Police Chief for the St. Petersburg Police Department, Holloway greatly emphasizes his role as a servant and has been an integral force in facilitating positive relations between law enforcement and the youth. While serving as Police Chief of the Clearwater Police Department in 2011, he initiated "Operation Graduate", an agenda to assist Clearwater students obtain their high school diploma and college credits, as a means to improve their quality of life.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Clearwater for Youth, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports sports activity to build character and life lessons such as sportsmanship and teamwork. Holloway also contributed financially to develop a citywide youth basketball program.
As a result of Holloway's service to the community, he has been recognized for numerous awards including the SERTOMA Service to Mankind Award, IACP/CISCO Community Policing Award (awarded to the Clearwater Police Department while Police Chief), and the Joseph F. Cornelius Family Foundation's Award for Outstanding Officer of the Year.