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 February 8th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara will present fourth quarter Sheriff's Office awards Tuesday, Feb. 15, at St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office headquarters, Midway Road
 
At a ceremony at St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office headquarters at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara will present fourth quarter awards for 2010.

Here are the award recipients:

Fourth Quarter

Civilian of the Quarter James Roy

Civilian Supervisor of the Quarter Jean Bridges

Detective of the Quarter (Name omitted, deputy is undercover)

Detention Civilian of the Quarter Heather Jackson

Detention Deputy of the Quarter James Willingham

Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter Dan Repole

Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter Mildred Brown

Annual

Administrative Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year Harry Wells

Civilian of the Year Anita Dalia

Civilian Supervisor of the Year Trevor Morganti

Detective of the Year Jennifer Waters

Detention Civilian of the Year Heather Jackson

Detention Deputy of the Year Charisse Nixon

Detention Supervisor of the Year Bob Hasse

Patrol Operations Deputy of the Year Glenn Cooper

Patrol Support Deputy of the Year Mildred Brown

Volunteer of the Year Dave Sheil

Miscellaneous Awards

Life Saving Kevin Carter, Candace Flores, Mark Phillips, Eric Rodriguez, Mark Sarvis, Natalie Smith, David Snow

Exceptional Duty Gary Gonsalves

Commendation Gregg Hayford

Distinguished Service: Tony Cavallaro, Kurt Mittwede, Rich Ziarkowski, Ben Deblieck, Gregg Hayford, Troy Hetzer, Rigoberto Iglesias, Dieusener Joseph, Pete Lamborghini, Sergio Lopez, Clay Mangrum, Evens Paulvil, JeffSerafmi, Cedric Sotomayor, Andrew Stewart, Joe Trevisol, Jeff Ward, Matt Woods

Unit Citation: Day Shift One: Sidney Long, Richard Blaszka, Johnny Henry, Jeffrey Jackson, James Mullins, James Abel, Joseph Acosta, Ellis Alexander, Charles Badger, Kieta Bennett, Laurie Brennan, David Cabrera, Phaedrea Campbell, Anthony Celano, Christopher Cheslock, Salvatore Ciccone, Marguerite Dulcio Joseph, Frank Esposito, Franklin Ferencz, Candace Flores, Ronald Foss, Edward Gonzalez, Jerime Harless, Michael Hocker, Michael Holshouser, Timothy Jones, Leroy Joslin, Jeny Knight, Yolanda Lattimore, Frank Locascio, Ramon Lopez, Sharon McClelland, Corey McCuen, Jason Meizinger, Kendall Mitchell, Michael Morales, Dwayne Newton, Charisse Nixon, Marisol Padilla-Ferencz, Justin Parker, Kevin Perkins, Mark Phillips, Anthony Pierce, Michael Profitt, Yasheka Ridley, Eric Rodriguez, Robert Russell, Jason Selph, Sandra Shinn, Brian Shackley, Andrew Silverberg, James Soto, Alisia Souter, Matthew Van Etten, John Weber, Wayne Weseman, Peggy Wesley, James Willingham, Timothy Ziegler

Unit Citation Crime Prevention Unit: Chris Cicio, Leroy Davis, Gary Gonsalves, Glenn Hoffman, Ashlee Mayr, Jim Roy

Florida Sheriffs Association - Lifetime Member Paula Mascara, Bucky Walters

Here are the details:

Administrative/Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year
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.

Last February, Squad B was short one sergeant due to an off duty injury. Sgt. Wells picked up those extra duties. He 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.

Civilian of the Quarter
James Roy

Mr. Roy has been a member of our office since 2009. He is assigned as a part-time volunteer coordinator within the crime prevention unit. Mr. Roy works diligently sorting through volunteer files. He actively participates in the volunteer program by attending meetings and building relationships. He recently attended our citizen’s academy to learn more about our agency.

Through Mr. Roy, the unit manages approximately 500 volunteers for various agency and community programs. Part of this process is service recognition. In January 2010 Mr. Roy developed a program to recognize volunteers for their service. Volunteers are now presented with a certificate of recognition when they have reached 1,000 hours of service to our office and the community. As volunteers, their payment for work is measured in earned praise. The volunteer recognition program has undoubtedly inspired our volunteers.

Detective of the Quarter
(Name and details omitted, deputy is undercover)

Detective of the Year
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, no 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 assisted the county with the adoption of a moratorium which will regulate and even freeze the amount of pain clinics in our area.

Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter
Dan Repole

Deputy Dan Repole has been with the office for almost 12 years and is assigned to zone 12. This quarter he took 31 reports even though he was on vacation for 15 days in October. He believes in the community policing theory as a way to combat crime in his zone.

The impact Deputy Repole has made in his area is amazing. The office received three different citizenry letters this quarter praising the office and Deputy Repole. One in particular was from someone who received a ticket. The person commented that Deputy Repole took the time to explain the dangers and consequences of their actions without being condescending and also concerned for the person’s safety. It is very rare for a person to receive a ticket and then express their gratitude to the deputy who issued the ticket. Deputy Repole tirelessly patrols his zones and works closely with the citizens and businesses to curb street level crimes.

During the fourth quarter, Deputy Repole’s statistics were as follows:

3 – felony arrests
6 – misdemeanor arrests
121 – written warnings
77 – verbal warnings
3 – parking tickets
9 – field interrogation cards
4 – correction cards
155 – criminal opportunity forms

Deputy Repole’s positive attitude and commitment is reflected in his work.

Patrol Operations Deputy of the Year
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 homeowners 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 year. 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.

Life Saving:
Kevin Carter, Mark Sarvis, David Snow

On Nov. 18, Deputy Sarvis came across a suspicious vehicle that was parked past the dune line on the beach. Deputy Sarvis noticed the vehicle was occupied and running with its headlights on. Upon approaching the vehicle, he found the operator (Wesley Pearce) barely awake behind the wheel. Mr. Pearce had a heavy odor of alcohol coming from his person and admitted to drinking two alcoholic beverages. Deputy Sarvis requested the assistance of traffic deputy David Snow to respond for a DUI investigation. Upon Deputy Snow’s arrival, he concurred with Deputy Sarvis’ DUI assessment. Deputy Kevin Carter arrived on the scene and provided transportation of Mr. Pearce to jail for processing with Deputy Snow following.

Deputy Sarvis remained with the vehicle to conduct a vehicle inventory and wait for the wrecker. While searching the vehicle, Deputy Sarvis found a cell phone with a message on it. Pearce had texted someone indicating his intentions to kill himself possibly by overdosing on prescribed medications. Deputy Sarvis notified Snow and Carter, and they immediately rerouted to Lawnwood Medical Center, where Pearce began going in and out of consciousness. Lawnwood medical staff revived Mr. Pearce.

Due to Deputy Sarvis’ investigative skills and Deputy Snow’s and Carter’s quick actions, they saved Mr. Pearce’s life.


Distinguished Service Award
Tony Cavallaro, Kurt Mittwede, Rich Ziarkowski, Ben Deblieck, Gregg Hayford, Troy Hetzer, Rigoberto Iglesias, Dieusener Joseph, Pete Lamborghini, Sergio Lopez, Clay Mangrum, Evens Paulvil, Jeff Serafini, Cedric Sotomayor, Andrew Stewart, Joe Trevisol, Jeff Ward, Matt Woods

On Christmas night, deputies from patrol operations were dispatched to BJ's Lounge in reference to a shooting. When deputies began to arrive on the scene, there were several hundred people in the parking lot surrounding the victim of the shooting. The crowd was loud, and there was chaos on scene. At the same time it was discovered that there was a second victim of the same shooting arriving at the hospital. Several deputies were redirected to the hospital.

At the shooting location, canine and patrol deputies were able to take control of the crowd and were able to secure the crime scene. At the hospital deputies were also able to control the crowd and secure the scene.

Every deputy on duty was utilized in one way or another helping in this critical incident. Patrol operations, traffic, and canine worked well as a team and went above and beyond to make sure investigators had a starting point to possibly develop suspect information.


Commendation
Gregg Hayford

When Sgt. Colangelo transferred to midnights in January 2010, Deputy Gregg Hayford talked to the sergeant about his career goal which is to be assigned to our traffic unit. Deputy Hayford set a personal goal to make 25 DUI arrests for 2010. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honors officers each year that reach such a goal. Deputy Hayford felt his goal would be challenging yet attainable while maintaining his primary duties as a zone deputy. Sergeant Mittwede and the state attorney have commented that the quality of Gregg’s DUI arrests and related reports are impeccable.

Deputy Hayford made 30 DUI arrests as of December 31, 2010. Not only did he reach his goal, he exceeded it by 20 percent. Throughout the year, Lt. Thompson made several comments to Sgt. Colangelo about Deputy Hayford’s diligence in reference to checking his assigned zone for burglaries and assisting other deputies with their assigned calls. Both Lt. Thompson and Sgt. Colangelo recognize Deputy Hayford as a team player.

We appreciate his extraordinary effort to his squad and his accomplishment with regard to DUI enforcement.

Exceptional Duty
Gary Gonsalves

Deputy Gonsalves started with the agency in 1995 and has worked in the capacity of Crime Prevention Unit deputy for 14 years.

The task of crime prevention is a broad endeavor that requires personnel to rise above the realm of routine. Self-motivation, creativity, and outgoing personality are traits that are necessary in order to be effective in crime prevention and community relations functions.

Dep. Gonsalves is responsible for working with homeowner associations. He distributes crime prevention tips and trends to each of his assigned groups and reports information back to the unit and the agency.

Dep. Gonsalves films and produces the 10-8 television show as well as relevant public service announcements. He is called upon to video special projects for training programs and public relations. Dep. Gonsalves developed training for the new Stop Watch program whereby community members monitor bus stops for suspicious activity. These are only a couple of examples of his dedication to the office.

Unit Citation: Crime Prevention
Chris Cicio, Leroy Davis, Gary Gonsalves, Glenn Hoffman, Ashlee Mayr, James Roy

The goal of the Crime Prevention Unit is to utilize proactive strategies within the community to lessen criminal opportunities. This is accomplished through Neighborhood Watch, Citizens Observation Patrol, Stop Watch, Business Watch, Safeguard Our Seniors, and Combat Auto Theft. In addition to these formal programs, crime prevention provides safety presentations and displays throughout the county.

The CPU personnel are proactive in researching crime trends through studying hotsheets, Criminal Opportunity Reporting Forms, and offense reports. Deputies then meet with affected community members and offer free security surveys and give visual displays of effective security products available on the market. During the year 2009, the Crime Prevention Unit completed 24 security surveys. During the 2010 calendar year, CPU deputies completed 257 residential and business security surveys. CPU staff followed up on 59 Criminal Opportunity Reporting Forms generated by Patrol Operations deputies.

The proactive efforts on the part of CPU staff have undoubtedly enhanced the safety and security of our community residents and business people. As a follow-up measure, monthly reports are provided to patrol regarding the Criminal Opportunity Forms. The coordinated efforts of Crime Prevention with patrol activity have presented the Sheriff’s Office as both proactive and responsive.

The CPU also manages approximately 500 volunteers for various agency and community programs. Part of this process is service recognition. Beginning this year, CPU began recognizing volunteers for their service by providing certificates to those who had given over 1,000 hours of service.

Detention Civilian of the Quarter and Detention Civilian of the Year
Heather Jackson

   

Heather Jackson is assigned to the Department of Detention’s training unit. Within recent months, Heather created a master schedule for the jail. This project encompassed every task performed within the facility. The schedule is all inclusive. For instance, she included all operational tasks that are performed on a daily basis which provide for the proper care, custody, and control of the entire inmate population as well as all civilian, volunteer, and specialty programs.

She sorted through mass amounts of data and overlapping events such as the 14 different housing areas, multiple medical care activities, multiple specialty programs, and a host of other tasks. This was a monumental task that took months of work. Her hard work and diligence produced an important tool that will be utilized for many years.

In addition, Heather designed and produced material concerning the re-entry program. Her multiple versions of the brochures feature valuable information regarding the re-entry program and its achievements.

These two projects were not her only tasks this quarter. She performed her normal duties that encompass coordination of training, assisting with maintenance, inmate phone system, the identification system, as well as covering various positions in different areas of the facility.

Heather is multifaceted and a creative employee.

Civilian Supervisor of the Year
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 Deputy of the Quarter
James Willingham

Deputy James Willingham was nominated by his peers. They commented that Deputy Willingham shows an unmatched professionalism in his work ethic, whether assigned to visitation and dealing with the public or assigned to a dorm dealing with inmates. He completes his assignments and helps others complete their assignments. Deputy Willingham stops and offers assistance to all the positions that he passes and helps to keep day one shift running smooth. The pride he takes in “a job well done” and the “take the extra step attitude” makes the deputies he works with want to be better deputies.

The Day One shift appreciates his efforts to keep morale high and to lead by example.

Detention Deputy of the Year
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 Supervisor of the Year
Bob Hasse

Sgt. Bob Hasse, the Detention Department’s work farm supervisor, has been employed with the agency since 1990.

Sgt. Hasse is dedicated to his job and works well with staff and inmates, overseeing four staff of which three are civilians in addition to the inmates. He receives requests for inmate labor assistance from the office and various agencies in the county. Free labor is hard to come by and everyone that has had assistance from the work farm staff and the trustees knows whatever Sgt. Hasse’s crew is tasked with, it will be top notch.

Sgt. Hasse has taken on jobs from furniture repair, yard and road cleanup, painting, moving the county law library, repairing bikes for inmates and our Christmas kids project in which bicycles are given out. The most recent notable request was from a mother of a handicap child searching for a 3-wheel bike or something to use for her child. Sgt. Hasse did not have what she needed and after going out of his way, researching and calling around the country to find nothing to fit this child’s needs, he took it upon himself to make a special bike in which the child’s mother actually controlled the steering by pushing the bike and included a special seat for the child.

Sgt. Hasse searches out the trades and skills of inmates, benefiting us as well as the inmates being able to occupy their time using their career trade skills or teaching them new ones to use when they are released.

Both the county and the Sheriff’s Office have greatly benefited by the work Sgt. Hasse has taken on. Last year, as of October, 35,900 inmate labor hours were performed based on a rate of $12 per hour resulting in a cost savings of approximately $430,800.

Volunteer of the Year
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
Candace Flores, Mark Phillips, Eric Rodrigues

On Nov. 20 Deputy Mark Phillips called an inmate suicide in Delta North dorm two. Inmate Pajak jumped from the top tier with a sheet tied around his neck. Deputies Mark Phillips, Candace Flores, and Eric Rodriguez were the first deputies to arrive on scene and immediately began rendering aid to the inmate. Deputy Phillips and Flores placed Pajak on the floor to prevent further injuries. They tried to remove the tied sheet from around his neck which was blocking his airway. However, they were only able to loosen the sheet enough to allow him to breathe unassisted. Phillips and Flores kept Pajak calm until medical assistance arrived, while Deputy Rodriguez secured the other inmates in their cells. Had these deputies not responded in a calm manner, Pajak would have been successful in his suicide attempt.

It is because of the teamwork demonstrated by these three deputies that they were able to save the inmate’s life.

Unit Citation: Day Shift One

Sidney Long, Richard Blaszka, Johnny Henry, Jeffrey Jackson, James Mullins, James Abel, Joseph Acosta, Ellis Alexander, Charles Badger, Kieta Bennett, Laurie Brennan, David Cabrera, Phaedrea Campbell, Anthony Celano, Christopher Cheslock, Salvatore Ciccone, arguerite Dulcio Joseph, Frank Esposito, Franklin Ferencz, Candace Flores, Ronald Foss, Edward Gonzalez, Jerime Harless, Michael Hocker, Michael Holshouser, Timothy Jones, Leroy Joslin, Jerry Knight, Yolanda Lattimore, Frank Locascio, Ramon Lopez, Sharon McClelland, Corey McCuen, Jason Meizinger, Kendall Mitchell, Michael Morales, Dwayne Newton, Charisse Nixon, Marisol Padilla-Ferencz, Justin Parker, Kevin Perkins, Mark Phillips, Anthony Pierce, Michael Profitt, Yasheka Ridley, Eric Rodriguez, Robert Russell, Jason Selph, Sandra Shinn, Brian Shackley, Andrew Silverberg, James Soto, Alisia Souter, David Teason, Matthew Van Etten, John Weber, Wayne Weseman, Peggy Wesley, James Willingham, Timothy Ziegler

Sgt. Blaszka has supervised day shift one since January 2010. No matter which area or department of the jail calls for assistance

there is no delay in response from this shift. Sgt. Blaszka observed all members of this shift to present themselves in a highly professional manner. Aside from the daily routine he has noticed these additional attributes:

This shift has the least amount of conflict when interacting with inmates.

The positive attitudes possessed by deputies on this shift reflects a high level of commitment to their job and to each other and morale overall.

Work areas are kept neat and orderly throughout the shift.

Civilian of the Year
Anita Dalia

Anita Dalia was put in charge of managing our archived records and case reports as her primary responsibility in the Steve Roberts Building as well as offsite locations. Since taking the position, she has expanded our case files out of boxes and onto shelves. She has almost single-handedly merged over 10 years’ worth of detective case files and special investigation case files with the documents in our records unit. Now there is one case file per offense/incident report.

Anita is responsible for the destruction of agency records according to the general records schedules set forth by the Florida Department of State. In 2010 Anita directed 15 pickups destroying 84 bins worth of paper. Each bin contains 7,980 gallons of paper.

Anita was instrumental in the design and implementation of the OnBase scanning software for the records unit. She has written procedural instructions for staff to follow and acts as liaison with our Information Technology unit. She made sure all 2010 incident reports were scanned. She organized and helped scan all of the 2009 and 2010 traffic accident reports. Currently she is working on the 2008.

Anita also contributes to the agency’s quarterly newsletter by writing articles relating to records management.

At times in 2010 the records unit was short staffed, and Anita stepped up and handled many of the responsibilities so the unit stayed on track.

Civilian Supervisor of the Quarter
Jean Bridges

Jean is a person who wears many hats within our agency. She is the records supervisor, the TAC for FCIC/NCIC, the records liaison with the State, and she oversees the switchboard. Jean is accountable for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of all offense/incident reports. She is extremely proficient at finding reports including only CAD calls with very little information. She is like a detective and has an uncanny knack of always finding the correct document.

She is willing to assist in the outer with her 10 ladies and is a hands-on supervisor. Jean will take on any task as needed, sit at anyone’s desk that is out sick or on vacation, and be more than ready to answer the lobby window.

Jean handles herself with professionalism, completes her daily tasks in a timely manner, and watches over staff with a stern but compassionate rule.

Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter and Patrol Support Deputy of the Year
Mildred Brown

Deputy Mildred Brown has been assigned to school resource for almost 10 years. This school year she is assigned to Westwood High School and it is very challenging.

As a result of a series of brutal gang related murders of three residents, tensions in the community boiled over at Westwood High School and a large melee took place during the lunch period on November 15. Deputy Brown and her partner Deputy Hueck

immediately responded to the area. While in the process of quelling the disturbance and placing the offenders into custody, Deputy Brown requested backup units to additional needed areas in the school. After order was restored, she then led the immediate investigation into the incident. Eighteen students were arrested. The actions of Deputy Brown that day and in the days following this situation were exemplary as to her ability as a deputy sheriff and a school resource deputy.

Besides working as a SRD at Westwood, Deputy Brown is ready to take on extra assignments. She complements her regular duties as the details and extra duty coordinator for the unit. At the end of 2010 she was selected to be the agency’s representative on the annual Martin Luther King festivies committee where she was working with community leaders to ensure that the celebration of Dr. King’s life was safe and enjoyable.

When she is not working, she is improving herself. In the summer of 2010 Deputy Brown completed her work on her graduate degree and she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University.

After handling all of this, Deputy Brown has the ability to go home at the end of the day and be a good mom to her five growing children.

Deputy Brown is a true professional who is ready and able to take on the most difficult assignments.

Life Saving
Natalie Smith

On Dec. 1 at about 1 p.m., Natalie Smith received a call from Rose Volnino. Rose is 92 years old and lives alone. Rose asked Natalie to call 911 because she was afraid something may happen to her while she was talking to 911. Natalie reassured Rose that she would stay on the phone. Natalie gave 911 the lady’s name, address and phone number and proceeded to give 911 Rose’s symptoms. Rose had a pain in her neck, shortness of breath, and pains in her chest. The dispatcher had Natalie ask Rose if she was allergic to aspirin or had she taken an aspirin that day.

Rose had taken an aspirin earlier in the morning and was afraid to take another dose. Dispatch via Natalie advised Rose to unlock her door and to take another aspirin before rescue arrived. Rose then told Natalie that rescue had arrived and thanked Natalie for being patient, caring, and staying on the line with her.

Natalie, thank you for your professionalism, calmness and compassion in dealing with this situation, and thank you for giving your best each and every day. * * *

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