By Sonya Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - Police were spotlighted during the Belton City Council meeting Tuesday.

Officer Carl Snellings was recognized as Officer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2010.

Snellings was selected by his peers on an awards committee based on his actions in response to two sexual assault cases, both involving registered sex offenders.

A meritorious service award was presented to Officer William Hamilton for his actions during the September flood.

Hamilton was credited with rescuing a 90-year-old woman who was trapped in her car by floodwaters at Interstate 35 and Confederate Park Drive.

Police Chief Gene Ellis said Hamilton, disregarding his own safety, rescued the woman moments before the car was overcome by floodwaters.

Ellis also announced the 2010 "National Night Out" block party winners:

Best Block Party 2010 - Circle Drive hosted by Patsy Blankenstein.

Best Block Party first runner up - The Oaks, hosted by Dr. Jack Lamb and Mike Ward.

Rookie of the Year - Miller Heights, hosted by Jennifer Watson.

Also during the meeting, Joshua Koontz was sworn in as a police officer.

Koontz graduated the Temple College Police Academy June 9.

The council also approved an ordinance establishing the police department, as part of the process in pursuing "Recognized" status from the Texas Police Chiefs Association's Law Enforcement Best Business Practices Recognition program.

Also, the council approved an interlocal assistance agreement allowing the police department to participate in the Bell County Organized Crime Unit.

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