NYPD's "Beekeeper Commissioner" Promoted

Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis, an 18-year veteran of the New York Police Department, has been an unsung hero until his promotion from the 114th Precinct Friday

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    New York City's "beekeeper commissioner" has been promoted to detective specialist for his daring service protecting New Yorkers from bees. 

    Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis, an 18-year veteran of the New York Police Department, has been an unsung hero until his promotion from the 114th Precinct Friday.

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    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joked people may not recogonize Planakis because he's frequently covered in a beekeeper's outfit when responding to calls.

    He is the NYPD's entire bee response unit. 

    Planakis said he's been beekeeping since 1977, following his father's interest in the activity. 

    It's been a busy year for Planakis: he said in June he can't remember a busier year for bee swarming in New York City. At the time, he'd already tended to 31 jobs in the five boroughs since mid-March. 

    He said Friday "a lot of stings" come with the job but that it's worth it. 

    Kelly said  Planakis has given him two large jars of honey from his work.

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