St. Lucie County Sheriff will preside at quarterly award ceremoncy Thursday morning
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara will preside at the agency's quarterly award ceremony Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Sheriff's Office headquarters, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce.
Here are the recipients:
Admin.Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Quarter: Jim Defonzo Detective of the Quarter: Michael Gajewski Detention Civilian of the Quarter: Trevor Morganti Detention Deputy of the Quarter: Charisse Nixon Detention Supervisor of the Quarter: Bob Hasse Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter: Alex Feola Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter: Ron Messina Volunteer of the Quarter: Dave Sheil
Admin.Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Quarter: Harry Wells Civilian of the Quarter: Marcella Schwartz Detective of the Quarter: Jen Waters Detention Civilian of the Quarter: John Keaney Detention Deputy of the Quarter: Tracy Gillespie Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter: Glenn Cooper Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter: Roxanne Bourbonniere Volunteer of the Quarter: Susan Fauth
Life Saving: Basilio Aviles, Joe Bell, Michael Debevec, Eddie Hicks, Matthew Iles, Justin Jackson, Robert Lee, Toby Long, David Maliglowka, Tony Savage, Kenneth Smith, Scott Vajanyi, Ken Waters, Tina Weikert, Richard Young
Life Saving (citizenry): Richard Jacobson, Shannon Sears
Commendation: Rob Barton, Dave Brooks, Tony Cavallaro, Chris Cicio, Mark Colangelo, Nick Cutrone, Jim DeFonzo, Scott DeMichael, George Emerson, Adam Goodner, Wes Harbin, Bob Hasse, Chris Hazellief, Brian Hester, Tiffinie Larkins, Kevin Lindstadt, Cindy Long, Tracy Matteson, Paul McNesky, Troy Norman, Luis Padilla, John Parow, Danny Parrett, Rob Pettit, Dan Prestridge, JeffSerafmi, Steve Sessoms, Mike Sheelar, Luke Sparkman, Rick Stuhr, Paul Taylor, Chris VanDeventer, Scott Wells, Matt Woods
Unit Citation Night 2 Operations: Willie Perry, Ezell Cooper, Ed Johnson, Tom Siegert, Jerome Brinson, Demon Blackshell, Marty Burkleo, Jeff Feliciano, W. T. Hamilton, Marcel Hosein, Shazaam Hussain, Denetta Johnson, Willie Jones, James Krause, Amber Lalama, Clifford Lamm, Siedah Lesesne, Eritessie McKenzie, Scott Miers, William Morgan, Nelson Ojeda, Donald Palfrey, David Rescigno, Stephan Sales, Walter Scott, Brian Shackley, Kenrick Thomas, Maria Titherington, Anthony Vallone, Michael Wendt, Clinton Williams, Matthew Wright
Appreciation Plaque: Glenn Weaver
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches: Barry Boger, Jean Bridges, Dave Brooks, Jeff Buchanan, Marie Brazas, Kevin Carter, Bill Cooke, Scott DeMichael, Bob DiMarco, Carolyn Dodge, Doug Hardie, Larry Hostetler, Adam Goodner, Kevin Lindstadt, Mary McCaffrey, Kurt Mittwede, Mike Muller, Frank Pellegrini, Derrick Peterson, Shelia Randazzo, Charlie Scavuzzo, Steve Sessoms, Mike Sheelar, David Smith, Neil Spector, Don Spivey, Rick Stuhr, Pat Walsh, Jamie Wills, Richard Young
Here are the details:
Life Saving Award Shannon Sears (10-year old)
On June 16, while travelling northbound on U.S. 1 with her Aunt Daucia Duncan, Ms. Duncan blacked out while driving due to a medical problem. Unfortunately, the vehicle crossed through the intersection of Savanna Club Boulevard on the red light where it struck another vehicle. However, after the impact, the vehicle accelerated northbound on U.S. 1.
The passenger, 10 year old Shannon Sears, although very young and probably very scared, had the presence of mind to grab the steering wheel. While steering the vehicle, she was able to avoid contact with more cars, which could have resulted in more injuries. The vehicle did come to rest after striking two utility poles and a decorative wall. The resulting damage was insignificant in comparison to the prevention of further injury or death that her actions prevented.
Life Saving Award Richard Jacobson (citizen)
On April 15 Major Monahan was having lunch at the Longhorn Steakhouse with Lt. Hostetler, Lt. Scribner, and Sgt. Hardman. As they were seated, Major Monahan noticed a patron leave his table and quickly walk toward the door. The patron immediately returned and was turning red. Another patron yelled that he was choking.
As Sgt. Hardman and Major Monahan got up to help the man, the manager (Richard Jacobson), went to him and attempted the Heimlich maneuver. On the first attempt, the patron coughed. Mr. Jacobson reapplied the maneuver somewhat lower and the patron expelled a piece of meat and immediately recovered.
Major Monahan spoke to the patron who realized he was choking but thought he could expel the object himself by going outside. Upon his returning inside he clearly was choking and in distress, Mr. Jacobson's actions clearly saved the patron's life. Mr. Jacobson remained calm throughout the incident and thereafter.
On several occasions he returned to check on the patron who after fully recovering finished his lunch.
Civilian of the Second Quarter Marcella Schwartz
Marcella Schwartz has been an employee of the office since February 2002. Though assigned to the victim services unit she takes on many roles and wears many hats above her job description. With this in mind, she is an active member of the 19th Judicial Victims Rights Coalition, the St. Lucie County Victims Rights Coalition, a member of the human trafficking committee, a member of the mothers against gun violence, and a member of the critical incident stress management team. In the month of June Marcella handled 50 cases.
Marcella assists the domestic violence unit with its everyday workload. She has displayed exemplary organizational skills. She not only gets the packets together, she meets with the victims of violence and helps them with their needs. Whether it is a safe place to stay, clothing if needed, filling out paperwork to obtain an injunction, Marcella is always there. Congratulations on a job well done.
Patrol Operations Deputy of the First Quarter Alex Feola
Deputy Alex Feola started with the office in 2006 in the patrol division. During the last three months Deputy Feola's activity was as follows:
Deputy Feola responded to North 39th Street in reference to a report of kidnapping. Alex met with the victim who reported that she was severely beaten and not allowed to leave the residence. The victim was held against her will and denied access to medical treatment and law enforcement. Once law enforcement was notified, the suspect fled the area. Deputy Feola discovered the make and model of the suspect vehicle and a list of possible locations he might frequent.
Deputy Feola discovered the suspect was on probation. Deputy Feola went looking for the suspect finding him several hours later. He took the suspect into custody. Unable to reach the probation officer, Deputy Feola charged the suspect with violation of probation.
Deputy Feola is also intoxalizer certified for Squad A and is called upon to assist with the processing and testing of DUI arrests. Deputy Feola speaks and writes Spanish fluently and assists with translations. This has been a growing task as our Spanish speaking population increases.
It is for these reasons we recognize Deputy Alex Feola as the law enforcement deputy of the first quarter.
Patrol Operations Deputy of the Second Quarter Glenn Cooper
Deputy Glenn Cooper is assigned to the south end of the county. He performs his duties with professionalism that reflects a positive image to his peers and the public. For example, he received a letter of appreciation from the Tropical Isles homeowner's group regarding a fire to a mobile home. The writer stated, "we would like to commend Deputy Cooper for his performance in the line of duty. He presented himself in a very professional manner and was very helpful to our personnel and the resident of the home."
During this quarter, Deputy Cooper responded to a burglary to a vehicle in progress. The victim, while inside a restaurant eating, saw two subjects break into his vehicle in the parking lot and remove two laptop computers and then flee the scene. Because of Deputy Cooper's quick response and relaying vehicle and suspect information, the suspects and vehicle were immediately apprehended and the stolen property was recovered and returned to a very grateful victim.
These are only two examples of Deputy Cooper's achievements for the quarter. Beyond the numerous calls for service, Deputy Cooper can be counted on to proactively patrol his zone with neighborhood checks, citizen contacts, traffic concerns, close patrols off the beaten path, and volunteers for calls for service when a zone partner is busy.
Administrative/Law Enforcement Supervisor of the First Quarter Jim Defonzo
During the first quarter of this year Sgt. Defonzo's co-sergeant, Sergeant Sheelar, went out for surgery and then went on light duty. During this time, Sergeant Defonzo kept up with the day-to-day operations of squad A and managed all paperwork and equipment for the squad. Sergeant Defonzo not only took care of Squad A but also began in-serving training as an instructor. Sergeant Defonzo is one of the lead instructors for Firearms and Defensive Tactics for this agency. Sergeant Defonzo is dedicated, professional and has great enthusiasm for his career.
As a supervisor it's hard to put numbers on job tasks. Supervisors mediate minor citizen's complaints and deal with the public we serve. As the watch commander of Squad A, Lt. Scribner has seen the mentoring done by Sgt. Defonzo with his subordinates on a daily basis. Sgt. Defonzo deals with all citizens with professionalism and courtesy. Lt. Scribner is proud to have Sgt. Defonzo working side-by-side with him every day. Sgt. Defonzo is an asset to the agency.
Administrative/Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Second Quarter Harry Wells
Sgt. Wells is completing his 30th year of service with our office. During his years, he has performed a multitude of duties. The past four years, he has worked as a shift sergeant in patrol operations. Not everyone they encounter during their shift wants to be our friend. When the other party is reluctant to cooperate, Sgt. Wells' calm words and manners tend to quell negative activity. He has an excellent rapport with his subordinates and his supervisors. Safety rates high with Sgt. Wells and he promotes officer safety daily. He sets a good example of this by talking about this topic at roll calls and to individual deputies as necessary.
Since late February of this year, Squad B has been short one sergeant due to an off duty injury. Sgt. Wells has picked up those extra duties. He has completed the quarterly inspections, completed annual evaluations of Squad B deputies, and addressed the needs of the entire squad. When the lieutenant is unavailable, Sgt. Wells handles roll call, time sheets, and any other matter that arises. When another supervisor fills in on the squad, Sgt. Wells takes the lead working along side his peers, facilitating that all have another productive and safe tour of duty for the day. Thank you for a job well done.
Detective of the First Quarter Michael ("Ski") Gajewski
Deputy Michael Gajewski (Ski) has been a member of SIU for one year. During the first quarter, he conducted 7 search warrants, was lead investigator on 31 investigations, which resulted in 23 arrests and recovery of two firearms, one being an AK47. The AK47 was loaded with 30 rounds. The AK47 is known as "chopper." This describes the carnage which is left on the victim when shot by this type of weapon.
Ski has organized several investigations regarding trafficking of Roxicodone pills. In today's society this is the most abused and additive substance. These types of investigations impact families all over the county.
Ski is a hard worker and maintains a positive attitude. He is willing to lend a hand, is a team player, and a valued member of SIU.
Deputy Michael Gajewski is well deserving of the detective of the first quarter.
Detective of the Second Quarter Jen Waters
Detective Waters is assigned to our drug diversion unit. She has worked over 100 cases this quarter which have resulted in numerous arrests. However, investigations are just a small part of her duties. She has recognized a sharp spike in the amount of overdose deaths in regard to prescription medications and took the initiative to research these deaths. She looked the amount of deaths, their age, medications, and which doctor or pain clinic they were visiting. She then made arrangements with the medical examiners office to receive information on a monthly basis to assist with the study.
Prescription drugs are the most abused narcotics available today and effect families in all walks of life, on one is immune. This study will hopefully bring awareness to the public about this epidemic and assist us with reducing the number of deaths.
Secondly, Detective Waters has conducted several classes in regard to prescription drug abuse. She has spoken to concern citizen groups, youth groups, and even the county commission. She assist the county with the adoption of a moratorium which will regulate and even freeze the amount of pain clinics which area allowed to practice medicine in our county. These are only a couple of reasons she is being recognized as detective of the second quarter.
Volunteer of the Second Quarter Susan Fauth
Susan Fauth has volunteered for the past year in the domestic violence section. She came to us recommended by deputies of the crime prevention unit where she volunteers her time as a COP member.
Since coming to the domestic violence section, Susan has been dependable and prompt. She volunteers every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. She completes all domestic packets in a timely and efficient manner. She discovered that Detective Rhodes had been going to 911 communications center every other week to retrieve paperwork. Susan volunteered to do this for him, in addition to her regular duties which dictate she not only complete time sensitive domestic packets but also deliver it to the state attorney's office. She completes all this while asking for nothing in return.
Susan is willing to help with anything needed in CID and is a valuable and welcome addition to the volunteer staff. Thank you for your dedication.
Life Saving Toby Long and Ken Waters
On April 30, 2010 Captain Graves responded to a call regarding a person needing medical assistance. Upon his arrival, St. Lucie County fire rescue was treating a victim.
Also on scene were Toby Long and Ken Waters. They believe what transpired was the individual was diabetic as he had been acting crazy and was running toward the road when they had to tackle him and restrain him until rescue arrived. Obviously running into Midway Road without looking for traffic would have had horrible consequences up to and including the loss of life of the victim. Thanks to their quick action they saved this individual's life.
Life Saving Award Robert Lee and Tony Savage
On May 23 while on marine patrol, Deputies Tony Savage and Robert Lee received a call for a capsized vessel inside the Fort Pierce Inlet. Both deputies responded to the scene and found several persons in other vessels helping victims board their vessels. Deputies Savage and Lee were notified that there was still one person on board the overturned vessel who was not located.
Deputy Savage immediately removed his gunbelt and dove into the water to locate the victim. After several dives under the vessel, he was able to locate the 74 year old man. Deputy Savage freed the victim from the small space under the vessel and brought him to the surface, getting him on board a vessel for transport to the Coast Guard.
Thanks to the quick actions of both deputies, no victims perished that day.
Life Saving Tina Weikert
On March 19 Deputy Tina Weikert was on foot patrol at the Mobil Station on Okeechobee Road. While there, a woman came out of the ladies restroom yelling that there was an unconscious person inside. Deputy Weikert observed a man on the floor holding a female. The female was unconscious and barely breathing. Deputy Weikert took charge, called dispatch to send rescue, and requested the man to help her move the lady.
She checked for a pulse and found a faint one. After attempting voice commands that had no effect, Deputy Weikert began sternum rubs in an effort to stimulate a response. This had some effect as the woman drew her arms up. Deputy Weikert turned the lady on her side to keep her from aspirating. After a short period, Deputy Weikert noticed the female was now not breathing. Deputy Weikert placed the lady on her back, cleared her airway, and began chest compressions until rescue arrived. The female was revived and taken to the hospital for treatment.
Afterwards, Deputy Weikert spoke to the male who was in the restroom and learned it was the lady's husband. The wife had overmedicated herself.
Deputy Weikert's coolness under pressure and willingness to take charge saved a husband's wife.
Rob Barton, Dave Brooks, Tony Cavallaro, Chris Cicio, Mark Colangelo, Nick Cutrone, Jim DeFonzo, Scott DeMichael, George Emerson, Adam Goodner, Wes Harbin, Bob Hasse, Chris Hazellief, Brian Hester, Kevin Lindstadt, Cindy Long, Paul McNesky, Troy Norman, Luis Padilla, John Parow, Danny Parrett, Rob Pettit, Dan Prestridge, Steve Sessoms, Mike Sheelar, Luke Sparkman, Rick Stuhr, Chris VanDeventer, Scott Wells and Matt Woods
Late last year the Sheriff concurred with the firearms staff to transition our primary weapon system to the Glock 45 caliber. After a contract was agreed upon, which included purchase of our current weapons, ammunition, and leather goods, Lt. Chris VanDeventer, Sgt. Mike Sheelar, and Mrs. Cindy Long undertook the project of verifying existing inventory.
Upon distribution of the weapons at the range, Mrs. Long did the transition paperwork while Lt. VanDeventer and Sgt. Sheelar coordinated the receipt of old weapons and leather and the issuance of new weapons and leather.
After receiving the weapons, each one had to be entered into our inventory system, then assigned, and issued. Mrs. Long prepared all of the inventory files and associated paperwork for each new weapon as well as those being traded in. Deputies were allowed to purchase their existing weapon and/or purchase a new weapon by the vendor. Several deputies chose to purchase weapons which required additional paperwork.
During the two-week transition period, all law enforcement members and staff members transitioned and qualified with the new weapons. Each member of the firearms staff participated in this endeavor. During the transition, several agency members commented on the patience shown by firearms staff members and the level of training they received during the transition.
It should be noted that the transition to the new weapons occurred while agency members were introduced to a new range system at the same time. The new range system was grant funded and required reconstruction of the berm, the entire target system, concrete, and electrical work. The project was constructed primarily by inmate labor. Sgt. Sheelar took the lead assisted by Sgt. Hasse, the jail crews, and Mr. George Emerson.
I would like to commend each member involved in the completion of both of these projects. Although they were separate issues, the teams worked together to ensure completion of the construction project so the firearms project could move forward.
Commendation Mike Sheelar
During the first quarter and the end of 2009, Sgt. Sheelar coordinated the renovation of the range. Sgt. Sheelar worked tirelessly during this time period to over see the target system upgrades along with rebuilding the entire berm system at the range. Sgt. Sheelar put many hours into this project along with working his patrol shift. We now have a modern up-to-date range and target system in which all who utilize this venue will benefit.
Sgt. Sheelar was again tapped earlier in the first quarter during his light duty assignment to assist Captain Graves in renovating the patrol operations rooms. Since moving into the Steve Roberts Building, 15 years ago, we have not changed the design or equipment. The patrol operations division has expanded over the years and the command room, sergeants office, report writing room, and lieutenants office needed to be modernized to keep pace with our growth.
Sgt. Sheelar worked to enhance the listed rooms and modernize the equipment and furniture. Once the plans for the enhancement were worked out with the manufacturer, he submitted it to Sheriff Mascara who approved the work. Now these rooms are more functional for the future.
These are but two incidents in which Sgt. Sheelar's dedication and professionalism is evident in his work. Thank you for a job well done.
Commendation Jeff Serafini and Paul Taylor
Deputy Paul Taylor and Deputy Jeff Serafini spent countless hours working on improving the efficiency of the bicycle patrol unit. They helped revamp the operation of the entire unit. Team members have better equipment, uniforms, and have been trained. Deputies Taylor and Serafini developed relationships with bicycle shops, and these shops help make sure the bicycles are properly maintained. If there are any repairs, the repairs are done at a minimal cost.
While patrolling on their bicycles, they spotlight the continuing partnership between law enforcement and the community in keeping our county safe.
Thank you for doing an outstanding job with the bicycle patrol unit and making a positive impact with the citizens of our community.
Detention Civilian of the First Quarter Trevor Morganti
Trevor Morganti began his law enforcement career in 1980 when he joined the U.S. Army where he worked in the Military Police Corps and was a Correction Specialist. He spent six years in military corrections and in 1985 graduated from the U.S. Sergeant's Academy.
In 1996 Mr. Morganti was hired by Broward County Sheriff's office as a Program Supervisor, responsible for counseling, programming and classification of inmates. Mr. Morganti has been with our office since 2005 as the Department of Detention's Classification Manager. He has utilized his past experience and knowledge which has been a benefit to our agency and those incarcerated in our custody.
Mr. Morganti implemented the Objective Jail Classification system which has improved classification and housing of inmates, making the overall operations of the jail more efficient, safe and secure. An example of this is reflected in the number of assaults by inmates. When Mr. Morganti started, prior to implementing the Objective Jail Classification, we experienced on average about 40 inmate-on-staff assaults and 100 inmate-on-inmate assaults monthly. Last year, inmate-on-staff assaults were drastically reduced to 10 for the entire year and inmate-on-inmate assaults reduced to 141 for the year. Some months we have not had any inmate-staff or inmate-inmate assaults.
In addition to his position as the Classification Manager, in January 2006 he was named the Inmate Programs Coordinator. With this added responsibility, he works continuously with all the schedules and activities of the programs, meeting regularly with related detention staff and local resources including the Public Defender's Office, Indian River State College's GED/Adult Ed program staff, Aramark staff, and local volunteers of the faith community to plan, manage and control these positive services to assist those incarcerated.
Mr. Morganti has attributed greatly to the improved inmate behavior and the calmness of the facility.
Detention Civilian of the Second Quarter John Keaney
Mr. Keaney is the education instructor for the adolescent inmate population at the jail. He has proven to be a great asset for the office, department of detention, and to those who attend his education classes.
I have nothing less than positive feedback from staff regarding Mr. Keaney. He is a team player and works well with the corrections staff and the complex jail operations schedule. In addition to working with staff, he has been able to keep control of his students, which is difficult to do in this environment.
Mr. Keaney's highly motivated and effective leadership keeps the students interested and focused, stimulating their minds. His efforts have attributed to the success of two students recently receiving their diplomas, which I cannot recall when this has occurred under my command at the jail.
Currently, Mr. Keaney is out on summer break, however, we look forward to his return when the new school year resumes.
Detention Deputy of the First Quarter Charisse Nixon
Master Deputy Charisse Nixon is knowledgeable, dedicated, dependable, and honest. However, what sets her apart from other deputies is her motivation and compassion for her co-workers, the inmate population, and the general public. Master Deputy Nixon takes it upon herself to encourage new deputies to strive for excellence.
Charisse is frequently assigned to the visitation desk and has to use her communication skills regular when faced with disgruntled or angry visitors. She is able to change a visitor's demeanor to that of understanding and cooperation.
On March 13 while attending visitation, a civilian female became dizzy and fell to the floor hitting her head on the concrete. Master Deputy Nixon was able to keep the woman calm in large part to her interpersonal communication skills and swift thinking. The situation was handled professionally and promptly. The woman was able to walk away without further incident.
Additionally, Master Deputy Nixon has stepped up to the plate on numerous occasions to fill in as acting sergeant. While fulfilling this role, our operation continues to run smoothly.
Detention Deputy of the Second Quarter Tracy Gillespie
Deputy Tracy Gillespie compliments her partners very well. She promotes team work and gets cooperation in her efforts. She has confiscated contraband mail being sent from inmate to inmate within our facility, inmate to inmate from other facilities, as well as mail being sent through third parties to inmates all across our jail.
On June 21 Deputy Gillespie found a third party piece of mail sent from an inmate in A3. With excellent interview techniques, Deputy Gillespie was able to get both parties to admit to sending contraband throughout the facility. On June 28 it was discovered an inmate was thought to be "cheeking" her medication and giving it to another inmate. Cheeking is keeping medication in the mouth until away from deputies and medical staff. The pills were recovered and the method of was found to be incorrect. The inmate was using a new method of concealing her medication by palming it when she used her finger to pretend it was stuck to the end of the cup. All other shifts were notified of the new way to smuggle medication and a liability was avoided.
In addition, Tracy has caught inmates returning to the pod from laundry and kitchen details with contraband. She has excellent knowledge of her inmates in the pod. Her observation skills have prevented altercations in the dorm as well as unauthorized contact between inmates. It is difficult to remember all the things that she does to better the facility on a daily basis. We appreciate her hard work and dedication. Congratulations.
Detention Supervisor of the First Quarter Bob Hasse
Sergeant Bob Hasse has been an employee of the office since 1990. As a certified corrections deputy he worked in the jail through June 1994, and then was assigned as the work farm program coordinator. In April of 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and has retained his rank and position since then.
During his assignment he has organized projects that have benefited the entire county. Sergeant Hasse's resourcefulness has resulted in very little cost to the agency by securing the best prices for products and services. The rapport he has achieved, due to his continuing cooperation and assistance provided to many other agencies, is priceless.
Among Sergeant Hasse's responsibilities are the use and training of inmate workers (trustees) to maintain the interior and exterior of the St. Lucie County Jail, assist non-profit community and governmental groups through the provision of inmate labor. Every project Sergeant Hasse is involved in has outstanding results because of his professionalism, knowledge, interpersonal skills and hard work.
He continues to receive accolades from personnel associated with the St. Lucie County School Board, Board of County Commissioners, St. Lucie County Law Library, Road and Bridge, St. Lucie County Airport, St. Lucie County Courthouse, Logistic Center, and Environmental Resources, just to name a few.
Sergeant Hasse and his crews perform many jobs throughout the county that help save tax dollars while at the same time are teaching inmates marketable work skills they can use when they are released from jail. The assistance Sergeant Hasse and his crews supply never goes unnoticed by anyone who has had the privilege of receiving these services.
The work performed under the direction of Sergeant Hasse has saved the tax payers of St. Lucie County approximately $561,768 in 2009, and as of May 2010, about $223,200.
Volunteer of the First Quarter Dave Sheil
Pastor Dave Sheil is a volunteer within the Department of Detention since 2005. Initially he began doing one-on-one counseling and then conducted chapel services in the drug dorm. Once the spiritual dorm opened he and other pastors began doing weekly services every Tuesday afternoon. Pastor Sheil also assumed a volunteer coordinator role with the men in the program. He assists with many of the men's re-entry planning. Chaplain Thompson has asked Mr. Sheil to take emergency calls when he is out of the area and away from the facility.
In addition to the work he does for inmates in our jail, Pastor Sheil assists inmates with aftercare at Safe Harbor, a drug rehab program. Dave does the initial assessment and screening while the inmates are housed at the jail. His commitment does not stop there. He also pastor's a church at Archie's Bar on the weekends, Reach Church. His non-formal style, come as you are approach, has been quite significant in reaching many of the inmates who do not always feel welcome or at home in a more traditional setting.
He brings a smile and an enthusiasm for God and life with him where ever he goes. He is willing to do more and be more when the need arises. Thank you for all you have done.
Life Saving Award
Joe Bell, Richard Young, Kenneth Smith, Justin Jackson, Scott Vajanyi, Michael Debevec, Basilio Aviles, Matthew Iles, David Maliglowka and Eddie Hicks
On April 16 in B1 dorm four a signal 32 was called. Upon entering the dorm inmate Burnes was on the top tier with a sheet tied around his neck. The sheet was also secured to the top rail. At this time, Deputy Bell, Debevec, Vajanyi, and Sgt. Smith approached the inmate's left side. Deputy Jackson was on the second tier standing directly to the inmate's right. Sgt. Hicks proceeded to the second tier standing next to Deputy Jackson. Sgt. Hicks attempted to ask the inmate what was the problem with no response. Deputy Young, who was on the bottom tier, asked the inmate what was going on.
The inmate said he wasn't getting his medication. Deputy Young continued taking with the inmate distracting him and allowing the other deputies to move closer to him. Deputy Bell was given a hand signal to move in. Deputy Bell lunged toward the inmate taking hold of him. Deputies Jackson, Debevec, Aviles, Vajanyi, and Sgt. Smith moved in as well assisting Deputy Bell in pulling the inmate back over the top rail.
Everyone's actions were exemplary and typify the professionalism of Detention staff.
Commendation Tiffinie Larkins
Deputy Tiffinie Larkins compliments her partners unlike most. She inspires team work and gets cooperation with ease. Deputy Larkins has assisted in the confiscation of contraband mail being sent within our facility. She has also been an integral part of uncovering a new method of concealing medication by inmates. She knows the tricks played by inmates and has learned their subtleties usually caught only by veteran deputies. She has used these skills to keep conflicts to a minimum in her pod. Tiffinie's interview techniques have also matured rapidly.
Although different from others, the effectiveness is exemplary and a great balance to her co-worker's styles of interviewing. Deputy Larkins has grown into a deputy who has a command presence in the dorms and a respect from inmates, co-workers, and her supervisors. Deputy Larkins was a part of a PREA investigation on the morning of submitting nominations for awards deadline. Deputy Larkins becomes more and more of an asset to each shift she works. I would like to commend Deputy Larkins for a job well done.
Commendation Tracy Matteson
On March 22 Deputy Tracy Matteson conveyed information about the security of our jail in regard to contraband and problematic contact with the outside. The information was obtained when Deputy Matteson interviewed an inmate during a disciplinary hearing. The information was brought to Sgt. Burkhardt's attention about a possible breach by our midnight buffing trustee bringing contraband to A1.
The information was acted on and the trustee was found to have met with a civilian while in the front lobby. This information would have been enough for most, but with Deputy Matteson he went the distance and the following morning asked for our canine unit to search the A1 pod and recreation yard for possible contraband. The dogs were brought in and drugs were found.
Great work by another devoted employee of the Sheriffs Office.
Lt. Willie Perry, Sgt. Ezell Cooper, and Sgt. Ed Johnson Sgt. Tom Siegert
Jerome Brinson, Demon Blackshell, Marty Burkleo, Jeff Feliciano, W. T. Hamilton, Marcel Hosein, Shazaa Hussain, Denetta Johnson, Willie Jones, James Krause, Amber Lalama, Clifford Lamm, Siedah Lesesne, Eritessie McKenzie, Scott Miers, William Morgan, Nelson Ojeda, Donald Palfrey, David Rescigno, Stephan Sales, Walter Scott, Brian Shackley, Kenrick Thomas, Maria Titherington, Anthony Vallone, Michael Wendt, Clinton Williams and Matthew Wright
On January 1, central control's fire alarm was activated and it indicated smoke was in the laundry room. The central control deputies verified the smoke by looking at the monitor for the laundry area. Once verified, a signal 25 (fire/possible fire) was called via radio.
When supervisors and deputies entered the laundry room with air packs and fire extinguishers they noticed a booking bin filled with towels on the second shelf smoking with flames barley showing at the top of the laundry bin. Deputy Wendt put out the fire with the extinguisher. The other deputies secured the area, turned off the gas in the laundry, secured the scene, and dispatched the fire district.
Also, on April 14, Deputy Johnson received an inmate request form from an inmate stating another inmate brought drugs in the jail. During the shakedown, they recovered several pills. According to the suspect, she brought in oxycodone pills when she was booked in jail. Due to staff's vigilance, the jail is a safer place to work.
Patrol Support Deputy of the First Quarter Ron Messina
Deputy Ron Messina has been an employee with the office since May 1996. He has been assigned to court security since October 2001. Deputy Messina has a consistent work product and performs faithfully in a variety of functions in the courthouse. His primary function is in felony and specializes in the video monitoring and building security. However, Deputy Messina carries his duties much further.
Court security has experienced significant changes in the layout and protocol as it relates to building renovations. Various monitoring devices, software packages, and access controls were upgraded and added. Deputy Messina learned all he could about the systems so court security would continue to run smoothly.
Deputy Messina is the go-to-guy when it involves health and fitness. He is a great motivator and presses his colleagues to take care of themselves. He has taken it upon himself, along with Deputy Rouleau, to keep the workout room clean and brings suggestions and concerns to light. Deputy Messina is an experienced leader in the court security unit, and he is counted on by his supervisors for his insight.
He brings issues to light about safety and security in the court environment as well as outside our walls. He encourages fellow deputies to be on alert and assist supervisors in information processing and future needs assessments. Deputy Messina is reliable, trustworthy, and dedicated to his job and our agency.
Patrol Support Deputy of the Second Quarter Roxanne Bourbonniere
Deputy Roxanne Bourbonniere is assigned to the school resource unit. She has been in the unit for three years.
Near the end of last school year, Roxanne was forced to deal with an issue involving a young student who was an extreme discipline issue for staff at an elementary school. She determined the problems were issues that stemmed from the student's parents and home life. She developed a long-term strategy to get this child the assistance needed to improve as a student in the school system.
Deputy Bourbonniere is constantly taking on additional assignments. For example: she serves a camp counselor at the youth ranches summer camp, coordinator for several out-of-school camps, and she assisted with the police and fire games mounted police event.
Deputy Bourbonniere is an instructor for all three RAD self defense classes the agency teaches. She is the coordinator for the agency's RAD Kids program and has taught two programs this summer.
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Silver Star Society
Barry Boger, Jean Bridges, Dave Brooks, Jeff Buchanan, Marie Brazas, Kevin Carter, Bill Cooke, Scott DeMichael, Bob DiMarco, Carolyn Dodge, Doug Hardie, Larry Hostetler, Adam Goodner, Kevin Lindstadt, Mary McCaffrey, Kurt Mittwede, Mike Muller, Frank Pellegrini, Derrick Peterson, Shelia Randazzo, Charlie Scavuzzo, Steve Sessoms, Mike Sheelar, David Smith, Neil Spector, Don Spivey, Rick Stuhr, Pat Walsh, Jamie Wills and Richard Young
15 years or more of consecutive cash gifts to the youth ranches.
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