Fred Szabo is the commissioner at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He has been in law enforcement for 40 years. (Photo courtesy: Colin McDermott/WEWS)
CLEVELAND - Commissioner of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Fred Szabo is getting a prestigious award.
On Friday, the Cleveland division of the FBI is honoring Szabo with the FBI Director's Community Leadership award for his support of law enforcement and advocacy over the years.
Szabo has served as commissioner at Hopkins for 12 years, where he oversees daily operations, security, maintenance and regulation requirements.
The FBI also has an important relationship with U.S. airports, and the one between the Cleveland division and Hopkins is a strong one.
FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division, Stephen Anthony, said, "The FBI is pleased to honor Mr. Szabo for his over 30 years of dedication to serving the citizens of our region."
Szabo previously served with Cleveland police and was assistant director of public safety for Cleveland.
The FBI created the Director's Community Leadership award in 1990 to recognize people and organizations that help combat crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America.
"The dedication these recipients have to their community and the compassion they have toward members of their communities is clearly evidenced by their work," Anthony said.