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FBI to honor Detroit man at D.C. headquarters

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

A Detroit man is being honored by the FBI for his efforts to help the needy and disadvantaged in the Detroit community, through mentoring, community outreach and philanthropy.

David P. Gelios, special agent in charge of the FBI Detroit division, will present the 2015 Director’s Community Leadership Award to Tarence Wheeler at a ceremony at the FBI Education Center, J.E. Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.

Tarence Wheeler is being recognized for tireless efforts to assist the needy and disadvantaged in Detroit community.

Wheeler is a highly respected professional with more than 15 years of experience in community relations and philanthropic activities in Metro Detroit, Gelios said.

Wheeler organized the annual Celebrity Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, which provides more than 1,000 turkeys and food baskets to Metro Detroit residents. He also coordinated with community leaders and business organizations to provide nearly 1,000 backpacks and haircuts to Detroit area youth.

“The fact that we have citizens like Mr. Wheeler, who see needs in the community, and step up to fill those needs is phenomenal. And, the fact that Mr. Wheeler has done it over and over, repeatedly making major positive impacts in the Detroit community, is beyond what anyone could ask,” Gelios said.

On April 15, FBI Director James B. Comey will personally present the award to Wheeler at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., to honor all award recipients. Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices selects an honoree for the award.

JChambers@detroitnews.com