On Sunday, October 12, 2014, the Committee of Italians Living Abroad hosted the Inaugural Dallas Columbus Day Parade at the Continental Avenue Bridge. Along with the celebration of the discovery of the New World and the Italian culture, three Dallas Police officers were honored for their, “great care, attention, professionalism,” and for going above and beyond their duties as public servants. On September 6, 2014, an Italian family visiting from abroad were victims of a theft in which their passports, money, and credit cards were stolen. They did not speak English, but were able to find their way to the Central Patrol Substation. Officers Condis, Sierra, and Ho were able to communicate with family in Spanish and assisted them in making an offense report with the Dart Police Department where the offense occurred. The officers contacted the Italian Consular and connected the family to Vince Arcobelli, who is the President of the Committee of Italians Living Abroad. Furthermore, the officers purchased the family dinner and transported them to a hotel where they met with Mr. Arcobelli for further assistance. Representing the family and all Italians in Dallas, Committee President Vince Arcobelli, Master Ceremony Jay Lombardo, and Grand Marshal and Secretary General CTIM Roberto Menia commended each officer with a Diploma d’Onore for their extraordinary service and dedication to the safety of the community.