Wilton Manors Awards Black Community Members for Service

Detective Frantz Petitpapa (center). Photo via wiltonmanorspd, X (formerly Twitter).

It was a moment of celebration, reflection, and accomplishment in the city commission chamber on Feb. 13 when two outstanding members of the community were recognized as part of Black History Month.

Detective Frantz Petitpapa is a 24-year-veteran of the Wilton Manors Police Department and a very positive and visible member of the community. Accomplishments include serving as a school resource officer, bicycle safety education, and helping collaborate with the FBI and their hate crimes unit.

Many of his fellow officers and Chief Gary Blocker were there to cheer him on. However, the most poignant moment of the ceremony was when his son, himself a police officer, and his grandkids came up to take a picture with him. It lets his grandkids, and other young Black children, know they can do anything.

“This is what it’s all about,” Petitpapa said while standing with his family. “I’m blessed to actually have them view this and be a part of this.”

Also recognized was Kendra Carlton of SunServe. She is a certified nurse's assistant at the Noble A. Mcartor Senior Center. As an out and very proud Black trans woman, she serves as a quiet icon for others on their own, unique and personal journeys.

Carlton was supported by her entire SunServe team, including Senior Services Director Lisa Peters and CEO Tony Lima.

Her humility and quiet perseverance were on display after.

“This is very special. I’m a worker bee, not an out-front bee. It’s always special to be acknowledged and recognized for what you do.”


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