Congratulation to Officer Brian Goldfuss and Communications Specialist Joseph Viggiano, who will be honored on April 4 as our Sworn Employee and Professional Staff of the Year!
For individuals experiencing homelessness in the City of Boynton Beach, Officer Brian Goldfuss has become a source of compassion and hope. As a member of the Boynton Beach Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team, Officer Goldfuss works alongside community organizations to provide resources to help end the cycle of homelessness for people in our city.
Through his efforts, he helped more than half a dozen people obtain temporary or permanent housing in 2021.
In July and October, he organized community outreach events where individuals experiencing homeless could take a hot shower, wash their clothing, enjoy a warm meal, and get a haircut. They were also provided personal hygiene kits and clothing.
Officer Goldfuss was honored as Officer of the Month in July 2021 for helping to end the cycle of homelessness for a man named Bo, who had been living on the streets even after being struck by a car. Officer Goldfuss spent almost six months coordinating efforts with The Lord’s Place so that Bo could move into his own apartment. He continues to live there today. He was honored as Officer of the Month in January 2021, along with a group of other officers whose efforts helped save the lives of two tourists who were gravely injured when their jet ski crashed into a seawall. The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association recognized him as Officer of the Month in December 2021 for his remarkable work with the homeless community.
In addition to serving on the Homeless Outreach Team and working road patrol, Officer Goldfuss serves as a field training officer and member of the SWAT team and Recruitment Team.
Officer Goldfuss performs “selflessly for the citizens of Boynton Beach…demonstrating exemplary leadership for all officers of all ranks within our police department,” Sgt. John Dunlop wrote in nominating him for this award.
For his tremendous work ethic and serving the community with Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence, Officer Brian Goldfuss is our Sworn Employee of the Year.
From January through December of 2021, Communications Specialist Joseph Viggiano never missed a day of work. That alone deserves recognition, but even more so in the midst of a pandemic.
Communications Specialist Viggiano’s dedication and commitment to the Boynton Beach Police Department’s Communications Center is unmatched. During a staffing shortage, he voluntarily signed up to work in excess of over 1,000 hours, which equates to more than 20 extra hours per week. He has also committed to helping by working as a Communications Training Officer, diligently providing invaluable guidance and motivation to new dispatchers.
Communications Specialist Viggiano was honored as Professional Staff of the Month in May, for his lifesaving work in helping officers locate a man who had been struck by a train. The call came in from the man’s father, who only knew that he was somewhere in Boynton Beach. Weeks later, the man called to express his gratitude for Communications Specialist Viggiano and the other dispatchers who played a role in saving his life.
This is the second year in a row that Communications Specialist Viggiano has been nominated for this award, a testament to his continued work ethic and commitment to the Boynton Beach Police Department and citizens of Boynton Beach.
For serving with Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence, Joseph Viggiano is our Professional Staff Member of the Year.
Officer Goldfuss and Communications Specialist Viggiano will be honored during a ceremony on April 4, where we will swear in new Assistant Chief of Police Jack Dale, recognize the promotions of Major Matthew Zeller, Major Maurice Spates and Sgt. Andrew Berben and swear in new police officers Alexis Anderson, Luis Betancourt, Bailey Bloom, Samantha Burke, Thomas Coppini and Omar Dube.