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Lilburn honors city employees

LILBURN -- A Lilburn police officer took home the first Bentley Cup Award, created in honor of Stephen Bentley, a longtime officer who died earlier this year after a battle with cancer.

Trey Taylor received the award, given to the officer with the highest level of excellence during an annual weapons qualification. Taylor scored 97, a press release said.

Taylor was among a spate of city employees honored during the city's annual Christmas luncheon, with the city's 56 full-time and six part-time staffers.

Veleta Bogar, the police's support services manager, and police Sgt. Grant Peehler were honored for 25 years of service to the city. Ed Poste, a part maintenance worker was recognized for 10 years of service, and those with five years were police officers Andy Blimline and investigator Rob Kirschner, along with park monitor Michael White.

At the luncheon, featuring food donated by Thanks to Thrive restaurant in Atlanta, the city also recognized its new hires: Melissa Penate, administrative clerk at City Hall, public relations manager Nikki Young, code enforcement officer Paul Calcaterra, public works staffer Charles Milton and police officers Matt LeGerme, Daniel McCarty and Chris Hall.