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 February 22nd, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara will present awards to members of the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning at 10:30 at Sheriff's Office headquarters
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara will present fourth quarter and 2009 yearly awards to members of the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning at 10:30 at Sheriff's Office headquarters, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce.

Here are the awards that will be presented:

Fourth Quarter

Administrative/Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Quarter: Bill Radke

Civilian of the Quarter: Gerrie DeMonde

Detective of the Quarter: Matt Briglia

Detention Civilian of the Quarter: Marcia Richardson

Detention Deputy of the Quarter: Antonio Arbona

Detention Supervisor of the Quarter: Bill McMahon

Detention Supervisor of the Third Quarter: Jeff Jackson

Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter: Lasolomon Archie

Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter: James Abel

Volunteer of the Quarter: Sherwin Fields

Awards for the year 2009

Administrative/Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year: Troy Church

Civilian of the Year: Marie Brazas

Detective of the Year: Name withheld to protect confidentiality

Detention Civilian of the Year: Marcia Richardson

Detention Deputy of the Year: Lucius Harris

Detention Supervisor of the Year: Pat Walsh

Patrol Operations Deputy of the Year: Keith Pearson

Patrol Support Deputy of the Year: Shirley Lindstadt

Volunteer of the Year: Paul Cohen, Paul Duffy

Miscellaneous Awards

Life Saving: Richard Beany, Joe Bell, Patrick Kane (Prison Health Services), Danielle Carbone (PHS), Stephanie Matos (PHS)

Life Saving: Chris Jadin, Gregory Leatherwood (civilian), Carol Moore (civilian)

Life Saving: David Leigh (3rd quarter)

Exceptional Duty: Names withheld to protect confidentiality

Commendation: Brian Scribner, Jim Defonzo, Mike Sheelar, David Abbott, Lasolomon Archie, Vinnie Bonagura, Jeff Cogswell, Alexander Feola, Sean Freeman, Timothy Goyette, Eric Holbert, John Leckenbusch, Fred Massoni, David Meizinger, Deborah Pate, Matt Reynolds, Cory Speicker, Tim Taylor, Brett Wilkes, Thomas Worthington

Commendation: Tim Fulston

Distinguished Service: David Caglioni, Peter Lamborghini

Unit Citation: Department of Detention Night One Shift: Ron Pallack, Gary Deshon, Stan Sokolowski, Carlos Betances, David Dionisio, Rui Dutra, Thomas Grosse, Robert Hall, John Lane, Frederick Leblond, Estiven Oviedo, Zachary Pressley

Here are the details:

Life Saving

Gregory Leatherwood
Carol Moore
Chris Jadin

In the late afternoon of November 18, Detective Chris Jadin was off duty visiting with Mr. Leatherwood in the front yard of his residence. While talking, they heard what sounded like someone calling for help, and went to investigate. They saw a female bleeding profusely on a front porch. Detective Jadin and Mr. Leatherwood sprung into action.

Mr. Leatherwood is a certified paramedic, and he quickly began efforts to stop the bleeding. A next door neighbor, Carol Moore, arrived on scene. She retrieved towels from her residence and helped Mr. Leatherwood administer first aid by applying direct pressure to the victim's wounds in an effort to slow or stop the bleeding. The victim was transported to the hospital.
The victim told Detective Jadin she had been shot by her husband, and he was still inside the residence. Detective Jadin called 911 and as soon as backup arrived, the residence was entered. They found the shooter lying on the floor with a gunshot to his head.

It was later learned the victim had been shot several times while inside the residence and had suffered massive blood loss. She also endured being severely beaten by the suspect during this assault.

If it were not for the heroic efforts on the part of the Detective Jadin, Mr. Leatherwood and Ms. Moore this woman would not have survived this attack.

Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter
James Abel

Deputy Abel is assigned to Dan McCarty Middle School. In addition he responds to Dale Cassens as back up for the different disturbances that take place. Deputy Abel has an active crime watch at his school. During this quarter, Deputy Able scheduled an after school tour of the jail. This event took a lot of coordination on his part because every parent was contacted and permission slips were signed as well as transportation arrangements were made.

In addition, the crime watch students took an active part in assisting with the December Christmas families' gift wrapping. Once again, Deputy Abel obtained permission from the parents and coordinated transportation to and from the event.

Deputy Abel continues to take an active role in drug court searches and gang knock and talk operations. This quarter he completed 19 investigations, 2 agency assists, 2 baker acts, 5 DCF investigations, 4 juvenile diversion packets, attended 37 parent conferences, 8 misdemeanor arrests, and 1 felony arrest.
Deputy Abel takes an active role in his community by coaching youth sports which again sheds a positive light on the Sheriff's Office.

Patrol Support Deputy of the Year

Shirley Lindstadt

Deputy Shirley Lindstadt has been assigned to the school resource unit for the past four years. This is her second year assigned to Central High School. Shirley took on the touchy issues of teenage driving and alcohol awareness. She brought in a week-long guest speaker who lost her daughter to a drunk driving crash. This presentation was held in all high schools, K-8s, middle schools and the criminal justice program at Indian River State College.

Through Shirley's efforts, the speaker reached out to 5,500 students.
Deputy Lindstadt volunteered to spearhead the Strategic Planning Guide committee. This committee udpated lessons plans used by the SRDs to keep the student's attention. New ideas included: teenage peer pressure topics, drinking and driving, prescription abuse, etc.
Deputy Lindstadt participates in monitoring the Juvenile Arrest and Monitoring (JAM) programs for students that are in the enhanced juvenile probation program with the City of Fort Pierce. She has made it part of her daily duties to have the JAM students make contact with her to make sure they are meeting the standards while in the school setting.
Administration/Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Quarter

Bill Radke

Sgt. Bill Radke has been with the agency since November 1988. For the past year, he has supervised the south county schools consisting of 18 school resource deputies with excess of 20 schools.

During this quarter, Sgt. Radke has coordinated several large programs such as the alcohol compliance detail. This detail was a huge under taking which resulted in 92 attempts with 32 violations.

Sgt. Radke was involved with bringing the strategic planning guide up to date and creating it into a digital format for computer use. He also partnered with the Florida Sheriffs' Association in a web-based Florida Child Safety Project that allows law enforcement and the general public access to what the office is doing for our community on-line.
Many days, Sgt. Radke stays late to make sure that all paperwork and issues are addressed. He has taken over the role of coordinator for the SRD field training program as well as the contact for the substance abuse representative for the executive roundtable's subcommittee.
Sgt. Radke is a valuable asset to the school resource program.

Administration/Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year

Troy Church

Sgt. Troy Church has been employed with the office since 1989. He currently serves as a supervisor for the court security unit. Sgt. Church supervises 31 employees and oversees 5 separate building locations. The court system has been in an upheaval due to construction in and around the main courthouse on Second Street.

Sgt. Church has done an outstanding job in keeping the judges, supervisors, and staff informed on what is going on. He is able to balance the great administrative workload with being attentive to the needs of the employees and the constant interruptions that the position brings.

Sgt. Church has developed numerous details, protocols and procedures that make the court system a safer and more efficient. The work he has done in court scheduling, use of courtroom space, implementation of deputies in "downtime" for roving patrols and general "clean up" of the court facilities has begun to take root.

With the assistance of court deputies, specifically Deputy MacNamara, and the design talents of Steve Jones of Art Attack, a special logo and motto was recently developed to add to the court security's esprit de corps. Sgt. Church has been able to develop key employees to focus on specific functions of the court security processes, such as video surveillance, physical building security, and he allows these employees the flexibility to think "outside the box" and develop themselves while, at the same time, benefiting the Sheriff's Office and court system with their contributions.

Sgt. Church has dedicated part of his time to the Katy Foundation. The Katy foundation focuses on child injury prevention and awareness. He and his family recently adopted a little boy from China. The family has been referred by another adoption agency to take a little girl, the same age as their little boy, from China. They hope to have her later this year.

Sgt. Church is a professional, hard working, and dedicated employee who brings positive light on his professional and the agency.

Civilian of the Quarter

Gerrie DeMonde

Gerrie has been assigned to the Traffic Unit since 1999. This past year she entered 12,968 pieces of information. This is an enormous amount of work.

Gerrie has a careful eye for quality control which is unrivaled. This is a talent not only recognized by the traffic unit but the Clerk's Office and the State Attorney's Office. Gerrie is often complimented and praised for her diligence and accuracy by Lauretta Siter, the chief deputy clerk, and April Dietz, the misdemeanor paralegal. When a ticket, AIR report, or other report is lost or misplaced by other agencies, Gerrie is able to produce her copy which is accepted as the original after some footwork of tracking down the charging deputy and getting a signature. Gerrie has become somewhat of an expert on the traffic laws.

She reviews the citations that are turned in and checks for errors from the entire agency. Anytime a deputy sends in a traffic citation using the wrong statute, Gerrie returns it to the issuing deputy for correction.

Gerrie is an invaluable asset to the traffic unit and patrol operations. From her record keeping and accountability, her dedication to her position, and her thoroughness, she is the ace up the traffic unit's sleeve.

Civilian of the Year

Marie Brazas

The desire to stay active and current in her job assignment and case law has resulted in Marie Brazas taking a pro-active role in addressing the agency's need for information sharing, threat assessment distribution, and crime trend identification.

Last year, Marie was able to assist the Vero Beach Police Department and the Fort Pierce Police Department by identifying wanted subjects on two separate occasions. Vero Beach Police Department was investigating an armed robbery involving an AK-47. When the request for information was sent out, Marie researched the information and was able to provide a possible identification of the suspect. This information proved to be accurate and an arrest was made.

In a similar instance, the Fort Pierce PD was investigating a burglary and sent out an information request. Based on the information provided, Marie was able to provide an identity and an arrest was made. Because of Marie's knowledge and experience she has become the primary contact person in the region for Crime Analysis related issues.
Marie is a standout in all areas of job performance and presents a positive image of the members of the Sheriff's Office. Marie's attitude, initiative, motivation and professionalism have earned her the Civilian of the Year.

Detective of the Quarter

Matt Briglia

Detective Briglia is currently assigned to investigate metal theft. Part of his assignment includes coordinating data documenting all transactions at local pawn shops and gold buying shops. He diligently works with the business owners to ensure their compliance with the law.
In early September, a trend began in the western portion of our county where unknown suspects were stealing copper wire from remotely located areas in orange groves. Over the next few months, the theft grew to the point of being an epidemic with over 30 reported incidents. We had no leads in the case and the thefts continued to occur.

Detective Briglia suggested and participated in several operations conducted by CID to target these thieves. All operations turned up few leads. Frequent checks of local scrap yards produced no results.

In November, Detective Briglia received a CrimeStoppers tip containing information about two men who the tipster believed were committing the thefts. Detective Briglia went to the scrap yards and queried their system for transactions conducted by these two men. Detective Briglia was able to identify 26 different transactions where these men sold similar wire to the scrap yard.

Matt developed probable cause for the arrest of the suspects. They told Detective Briglia they were responsible for all of the thefts of wire. They also admitted to selling the copper wire to the local scrap yards. They were charged with over 100 felony charges. The estimated cost to repair the damage done to these electrical panels was in excess of $85,000.

Detective Briglia is an asset to the criminal investigations division.

Detective of the Year

Name withheld to protect confidentiality

Detective [name withheld] has been with us for nine years and has been assigned to SIU since 2007. In 2008, Detective [name withheld] began an investigation into a street level narcotics organization. He was able to infiltrate the organization by using an undercover officer to buy cocaine from one of the organization's members.

During this investigation, Detective [name withheld] established that this organization was responsible for the distribution of over 10 kilos of cocaine a month in the Fort Pierce area. Specifically, it was responsible for the drug trade and income of the 29th Street Gang.

The source of supply for this organization was located and identified to live in Brevard County. In January, Detective [name withheld] led a joint operation aimed at arresting and indicting all of the individuals involved in this cocaine distribution ring that stretched from Brevard to Martin County. During this operation all three of the main suspects were arrested in our county after making a three kilogram drug transaction at a residence. Detectives then rounded up and arrested another 10 individuals. Detectives served 7 search warrants, seized $130,000, 11 luxury vehicles, jewelry, drugs and other items.

After the above, Detective [name withheld] then identified the next level up in the organization. He established that an individual in Broward County was responsible for supplying South Florida with over 100 kilograms of cocaine a month. [name withheld] discovered that several million dollars were changing hands on a monthly basis for the purchase of cocaine for this organization.

The top source of the supply for this organization's cocaine was coming from Haiti and organized by a Haitian male. This individual had an elaborate and intricate organization responsible for smuggling money out and cocaine into the country. In May, 297 kilograms of cocaine was seized as it was brought into South Florida by the Haitian male. Five search warrants were served, five vehicles, large amounts of cash, jewelry and other assets were seized. Four more subjects were arrested in the case including the main supplier of cocaine.

All of the subjects arrested have been federally indicted and the case is currently moving to prosecution. This case was a tremendous success and it eliminated the distribution of over 300 kilograms a month into the South Florida area. [name withheld]'s resolve and commitment was one of the driving forces behind the case.

Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter

Lasolomon Archie

Deputy Lasolomon Archie has been with the Office since 2000. In that time, he has worked detention, SIU, and patrol. During the fourth quarter he was assigned to squad A. His activity for that quarter was as follows:

- 8 felony arrests totaling 9 charges
- 14 misdemeanor arrests totaling 14 charges
- 16 warrant arrests
- 20 traffic citations
- 14 written warnings
- 3 correction cards
- 48 verbal warnings
- 19 criminal reports
- 1 notice to appear
- 17 directed close patrols
- 27 foot patrols
- 1 field interview card

During routine patrol, Deputy Archie stopped a suspicious vehicle on 25th Street. After his contact with the two occupants, he became suspicious of the men. Deputy Archie asked for a second unit to assist him. Upon their arrival and fearing arrest, one of the men left the vehicle and ran south along 25th Street. Deputy Archie gave chase catching the suspect.

After a physical altercation the subject was arrested. A further investigation led to the discovery of two firearms. Both of these handguns were readily accessible to the suspects and were completely loaded. Deputies also discovered additional ammunition for these guns.

Patrol Operations Deputy of the Year

Keith Pearson

Deputy Keith Pearson has been employed with the Sheriff's Office for six years. He has served in both the Department of Detention and the Department of Law Enforcement. He was assigned to SIU for the summer of 2009 in reference to a temporary assignment with that unit.

On September 30, members of the Fort Pierce Police Department were dispatched to Riverside Bank in reference to an armed robbery. Deputy Pearson closely monitored the radio to ascertain information concerning the description of the suspect, the suspect's vehicle and its direction of travel. Within minutes of this robbery, Deputy Pearson located the suspect vehicle.

He followed the vehicle unit the armed driver abandoned the vehicle and fled into a wooded area. The suspect was still armed with a handgun. After a short foot pursuit, Deputy Pearson disarmed the suspect and safely took him into custody. The stolen cash from the bank robbery and the pistol were recovered from the suspect. The suspect was indicted by the U. S. Attorney's Office.

Deputy Pearson always goes the extra mile to bring his dispatched cases to their end. Many times this results in both the arrest of suspect and the recovery of stolen property. Thank you for a job well done.

Volunteer of the Quarter

Sherwin Fields

Mr. Sherwin Fields has been a member of the citizen's observation patrol for five years. He is dedicated to the program and is there to help when needed. When our radios had to be reprogrammed with new frequencies, this created a problem with the old scanners in each COP patrol unit. Each scanner had to be replaced with a new one. These scanners are used by COP members to monitor information on missing persons, suspects, or vehicles.

Mr. Fields is a ham-radio operator. He volunteered to program the new scanners. Programming these scanners was no easy task. He spent over 50 hours. Despite the challenges, Mr. Fields came through and completed the job. He also customized programming for the Sheriff's scanner as well as other members of the command staff. This accomplishment was in addition to his 38 patrol hours during the fourth quarter.

Mr. Fields goes the extra mile to help members of the community and our office. Thank you for all you do for us.

Volunteers of the Year

Paul Cohen
Paul Duffy

It is with great pleasure we recognize Mr. Paul Cohen and Mr. Paul Duffy as our volunteers of the year. Mr. Cohen and Mr. Duffy have both worked 100 of hours each cleaning guns, inventorying evidence weapons, arranging armory stock and assisting with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office weapons inventory.

Both men are extremely reliable and volunteer several hours each week to the Armory. Without their help, it would be impossible to keep up with the volume of weapons needing attention. They have been invaluable in their efforts to inspect and catalog weapons being received from evidence. They both maintain a positive attitude and are dedicated to the mission presented to them each week. Their eagerness to learn is very impressive and they seek new training and information on the weapons systems we maintain.

Exceptional Duty

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit, Broward Sheriff's Office

[names withheld to protect confidentiality]

Broward SO

[names withheld to protect confidentiality]

On December 4, 2009, members of our office and the Broward County Sheriff's Office set up a reverse drug operation. During the operation one kilogram of cocaine was sold to a Haitian male target.

During the operation, members of the Broward County Sheriff's Office acted in an undercover capacity posing as drug dealers and driving a semi-truck which was parked at a truck stop in our county. The operational plan called for the target to meet the undercover officers at the truck stop and show them the money. Once the undercovers were certain the target had the money, the cocaine would be brought in and an exchange made.

Once the deal was complete, the male driver pulled away. At this point, the very nervous target performed what is called a burn run. This is where he makes a sudden and illegal traffic movement to determine if someone is following him. Detectives had no other choice at this point than to follow the target which in turn allowed the target to immediately know that he was being followed. Detective Martinez then activated his emergency equipment on his vehicle. The driver began to drive erratically attempting to change lanes and speed up, indicating that he was not going to stop.
While all of this was going on other members from both offices were moving into position, some were preparing to deploy stingers as others were clearing intersections and blocking traffic for the upcoming pursuit. Detective [name withheld] observed a raised median and performed a successful P.I.T. maneuver which caused the target vehicle to spin into the raised median where the impact blew the right front tire out of the target vehicle. As the pursuit came to an end using the P.I.T., deputies immediately moved in and took control of the suspect without injury to anyone involved or the public

This operation was in exception of what these deputies routinely perform in that most of their work is done in a more controlled environment or stage that we set. It also required extreme competence to protect not only all deputies involved but also the public.


Squad A

Brian Scribner
Jim Defonzo
Mike Sheelar
David Abbott
Lasolomon Archie
Vinnie Bonagura
Jeff Cogswell
Alexander Feola
Sean Freeman
Timothy Goyette
Eric Holbert
John Leckenbusch
Fred Massoni
David Meizinger
Deborah Pate
Matt Reynolds
Cory Speicker
Tim Taylor
Brett Wilkes
Thomas Worthington

Squad A has performed a wide variety of duties assigned to them throughout the year. They performed these duties without hesitation and acted in the best interest of the citizens of this county.

Although not all encounters with our deputies are something that can be captured in numbers, our deputies strive everyday to enforce the law and to assist the citizens they serve.
There enthusiasm is reflected in the following limited statistics:

– 174 felony arrests
– 362 misdemeanor arrests
– 805 traffic citations
– 2,532 verbal traffic warnings
– 77 written traffic warnings
– 182 correction cards
– 1,899 foot patrols
– 3,702 close patrols
– 1,820 written reports


David Caglioni
Peter Lamborghini

I would like to recognize Deputies Peter Lamborghini and David Caglioni for making over 100 DUI arrests for 2009. They collectively took over 200 impaired drivers off of the roadways which could have resulted in needless crashes, injuries, and possibly death.

The traffic unit participates in many operations that have an emphasis on DUI including "over the limit, under arrest" and driver impact panels. Both deputies were very active throughout the year participating in these operations and impact panels.

In addition to working the late evening shifts, they complete follow ups, depositions, hearings, and trials. Working the late evening shift and being alert and present for depositions or trials during the day is very difficult especially when you are a husband, a parent, and you try to juggle all of these aspects of career and family.

Other agencies use a "cookie cutter" fill in the blank type of DUI report, Deputies Lamborghini's and Caglioni's approach and handling of the individual being assessed and the probable cause for the arrest is very clear and original. Their reports are very thorough and independent of other reports. This allows the prosecution of the individual to proceed without many questions from the State Attorney or the defense because of the carefulness to details that are included.


Tim Fulston

Deputy Tim Fulston had 1,039 contacts this past year. What is even better is the complaints were minimal for this many contacts. Deputy Fulston wrote 658 traffic citations, 281 of those were for speeding. If he wrote a speeding ticket, it is was for going 15 to 20 mph over the posted speed limit, and in many cases even more.

In addition to the 658 citations, were 342 written warnings, 39 correction cards, and countless verbal warnings. Even though he was the top traffic contact producer, Deputy Fulston had the traffic unit's second most crash investigations (122). This is a lot of crashes to look at and investigate. His reports are accurate to the occurrence, submitted in a timely manner, and rarely need correction.

In addition to his duties within the traffic unit, Deputy Tim Fulston is also a well respected senior advisor to the explorer program.

Detention Civilian of the Quarter and Detention Civilian of the Year

Marcia Richardson

Marcia has the reputation of being quiet and composed while she performs her daily duties in the classification unit at the jail. Because of the nature of Marcia's work, much of what she does goes by unnoticed. However, the importance of her duties makes a difference in the operation of the classification unit and the department of detention.

Marcia has been instrumental in the fast, accurate, and effective transitioning of inmates who are going from our custody to the Department of Corrections. The volume of inmates waiting for state prison commitments can cause extreme hardship on the jail, the staff, and the county taxpayer. However, Marcia understands the correlation between an increasing length of stay and the increasing costs that go hand-in-hand with that.

Therefore, she consciously makes sure to form relationships with the criminal justice community by making recommendations to the courthouse staff to quickly expedite the necessary documentation over to the jail, seeing that the transportation unit is ready to ship them out of our custody --- thus, reducing the inmate population. In addition, this effort has saved the taxpayers thousands of dollars in not having to incarcerate an inmate here any longer that we have to, has helped to reduce liability to inmate issues, and has helped maintain a safer jail for both staff and inmates.
Thank you for a job well done.

Detention Deputy of the Quarter

Antonio Arbona

Deputy Antonio Arbona is an integral part of his shift. He has assisted with multiple shakedowns, attended to injured inmates, suicide threats, and inmate altercations. Deputy Arbona has also quelled many situations because of his ability to speak multiple languages.
On December 10, 2009, Deputy Arbona found his assigned area was missing a set of keys. He searched common areas, made calls to prior shift deputies, and advised the supervisor. The keys were located and his area remained secure.

On November 16, 2009, Deputy Arbona had a situation with a juvenile inmate. Noticing body language and attitude, Deputy Arbona stepped out of the dorm to get assistance. With a second deputy, they entered the dorm and gain total compliance. A possible physical altercation was avoided due to good decision making and excellent interpersonal skills.

Even though it was said in a joking manner, one of Deputy Arbona's partners stated, "Sarge, I don't know how he does it. He goes down into the dorm and gets these guys to do whatever we need without any trouble. He tells them this is the way it is going to be and just walks out with it done. " Deputy Arbona approaches his job with a calm demeanor and approaches inmates with an expectation of being fair, firm, and consistent. This is just one of the reasons for his success.

In addition to his regular duties, Deputy Arbona has volunteered for court security details on multiple occasions to further his usefulness to the agency.

Detention Deputy of the Year

Lucius Harris

Deputy Lucius Harris was assigned to the summer operation crime suppression team to be their transport unit for subjects who were arrested during this operation. Deputy Harris's primary function is to the Department of Detention. His duties included but were not limited to keeping up with paperwork to wit, arrest affidavits, and property taken from arrestees.

He also had the uncanny ability of calming down some irate arrestees. Deputy Harris has a down to earth way of controlling aggravated subjects. He defused a number of incidents during the operation. He is a well-known person in the community and is diligent while performing his duties.

During this operation Deputy Harris transported more than 500 people including juveniles, which he had to sit with until they were processed through the detention center. This, in itself, was a tedious task. Deputy Harris looked at it as a duty of his job and never complained. He also racked up over 4,478 miles during the 2 ½ month operation transporting prisoners.

Deputy Harris is a hardworking, dedicated deputy sheriff who is an asset to the agency.

Detention Supervisor of the Quarter

William McMahon

Sgt. Bill McMahon has been an inspiration to the booking staff from night two. His leadership qualities and attitude are exemplary. Sgt. McMahon monitors their activities, evaluating their job performance, working by their side.

Sgt. McMahon's suggestions help improve the shift's safety and security. For example, he has improved pat search techniques, especially when dealing with a larger or more aggravated person. Sgt. McMahon does not voice his opinion or make suggestions without putting much thought and research into what he sees or perceives.

He is diplomatic when it comes to the occasional conflict that may occur, and he considers all involved when reaching a fair resolution. If Sgt. McMahon doesn't know the answer, he will research all available tools to provide as much information as possible.

Sgt. McMahon remains a constant factor in booking, keeping a calm and cool demeanor. Creating a cohesive group that can handle themselves in a professional manner.

Sgt. McMahon leads by example, having a great attitude, striving to act as a mentor, teaching when necessary, and correcting as needed.

These are only a few examples the booking staff from night two.

Detention Supervisor of the Year

Captain Pat Walsh

Captain Pat Walsh is one of the most fair, devoted, and compassionate supervisors in the Sheriff's Office. In addition to her heavy workload, she maintains an open door policy. She is available to the clerks, deputies, sergeants, and lieutenants. Her close proximity to the front lobby makes her a quick access "fix all" for the disgruntled public. A job she takes on regularly, interrupting her normal work.

Captain Walsh does not have a secretary. Yet, she maintains the filing for the jail and handles all of her own incoming calls, many of which could be handled elsewhere. Captain Walsh is one of the most approachable supervisors. Her approach helps boost morale for those that serve under her. Many deputies will come to her with personal issues that they would not share with others. Captain Walsh understandingly listens and usually has an amicable solution that keeps everyone happy.

She has a unique supervisory style – much like a protective mother – someone that wants to see you succeed and someone you don't want to let down. Captain Walsh always keeps the safety, liability, and morale of the jail employees in the forefront.

For all these reasons, we recognize Captain Walsh today for the Supervisor of the Year.

Life Saving

Richard Beany
Joe Bell
Nurse Patrick Kane
Nurse Danielle Carbone
Nurse Stephanie Matos

An inmate located in cell "D" attempted suicide by hanging on December 2. "Officer" was called by Nurse Patrick stating the cellmate states "roommate is having a seizure". Deputy Bell and Nurse Patrick entered the cell. Deputy Beany, Nurse Danielle and Nurse Stephanie then entered the cell.

Deputy Bell, Nurse Patrick and Nurse Danielle held the inmate up over the commode where she was hanging while Deputy Beany went to get the J-Hook. Deputy Bell cut the sheet tied around the inmate's neck and to the air vent. Deputy Bell and Nurse Patrick placed the inmate on a mat, and the inmate was given oxygen.

The inmate's life was saved by the quick actions of these deputies and nurses.

Unit Citation

Night One

Gary Deshon
Stan Sokolowski
Carlos Betances
David Dionisio
Rui Dutra
Thomas Grosse
Robert Hall
John Lane
Frederick Leblond
Estiven Oviedo
Zachary Pressley

On the morning of October 15, 2009, Lt. Pallack sent out his daily end of the shift report, including a synopsis of events from the shift. He received the following response back from Major Tighe:

We were touring the facility with the Citizen's Academy during the incident with the multiple suicide threats by the juvenile prisoners. Your staff quickly identified the situation and reacted in a professional manner. The participants of the Citizen's Academy viewed the entire incident, from start to finish, on multiple camera angles while illustrating the capabilities of central control.

Please convey my appreciation to your staff for their dedication to duty and proficient response to this incident.

Lt. Pallack also relayed the following to his shift:

Receiving praise is always a positive event. To have that praise brought to the attention of the chain of command makes the entire shift look that much better. Your hard work, dedication to duty, and attention to detail has and always will be greatly appreciated.

As your lieutenant, I point out this entire incident was being observed without your knowledge. It was a coincidence the citizen's academy and director of detention were in central control at that time. You were merely completing your day-to-day duties as you do each and every 12-hour shift. This speaks volumes to your personal character, integrity, and duty performance.

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