MERIDEN — Police Detective Kevin Ieraci was working overtime on Christmas Eve when he decided to purchase $200 in gifts for the dozen children spending the holiday at a homeless shelter.
For his effort, Ieraci was presented the Spirit of Meriden award at the City Council’s Tuesday meeting.
Mayor Kevin Scarpati said Ieraci was working patrol duty Dec. 24 when he decided to stop by Shelter Now on St. Casimir Drive, where he learned 12 children between the ages of 2 and 17 would be there on Christmas. Ieraci then bought $200 in gifts with his own money, wrapped them at the Meriden police station and delivered them to the shelter.
“By Detective Ierarci’s example the entire community benefits,” Scarpati said.
Deputy Mayor Michael Cardona thanked Ieraci on behalf of the City Council.
“The first word that came to mind is integrity because, really, what he was doing was not about looking for recognition, not thinking anyone was watching, but because it was the right thing to do as a human being,” Cardona said.
Ieraci said he was humbled to receive the award.
“I witness acts of kindness every day,” Ieraci said. “I didn’t expect to be here.”
In other business, the City Council voted to form a search committee for a new city manager and use a $2 million grant and $2 million loan to remediate the abandoned Meriden-Wallingford hospital for redevelopment.