St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara will preside at agency awards ceremony Thursday, Nov. 10
On Thursday, Nov. 10, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara will preside at the agency's awards ceremony.
Here are the recipients:
Civilian of the Quarter: Mary McCaffrey Detective of the Quarter: Ed LeBeau Detention Civilian of the Quarter: Kathy Archambeau Detention Deputy of the Quarter: James Soto Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter: William Morash Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter: Shirley Gill Volunteer of the Quarter: Richard Greenhalgh
Civilian of the Quarter: Dorothy Shaw Detective of the Quarter: Angela Flowers Detention Civilian of the Quarter: Marianne Foote Detention Deputy of the Quarter: Jason Selph Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter: Matt Reynolds Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter: Robert Howell Volunteer of the Quarter: Ron Knaggs *Detective of the First Quarter: Chris Jadin *Detective of the Fourth Quarter 2010 : (Name withheld, deputy is undercover)
*Previous quarter awards
Life Saving: Jeffery Serafini
Life Saving: Clay Mangrum
Life Saving: Donald Shirley, Robin Arce
Life Saving: Brian Tufte
Life Saving: W.T. Hamilton, Michael Wendt, Demon Blackshell, Kenrick Thomas, Natalie Castillo
Life Saving: Joe Bell, Veronica O’Brien, Matthew Iles, Jason Lyda, Wayne Anderson, Joseph Shinn
Life Saving: Clay Mangrum, Shawn Masters, Cedric Sotomayor, Joe Trevisol, Jeff Ward
Life Saving: Walter Scott
Life Saving: Leah Stephens, Matt Gerdes, Clarence Bennett
Meritorious Service: Marc Geisler / K-9 Jax
Commendation: Troy Glover
Unit Citation: RAD Instructors: Stephanie Lyons, Chris Cicio, Brian Hester, Mike Sheelar, Kevin Lindstadt, Rick Stuhr, West Harbin, Roxanne Bourbonniere, Yulieth Ortiz, Tina Speicker, Heather Wonderly, Matt Woods
Unit Citation : Court Security: Doug Hardie, Kevin Dietrich, Troy Church, Neil Spector, Barbara Williams, Francis Avril, Greg Dampier, Mickey Davis, George Dean, Robert DiMarco, Rick Doss, Kasey Folbrecht, Steve Harless, Tim Joyner, Kevin Kane, George King, Tom Ladley, Robert Ledbetter, Robert MacNamara, Larry Maggart, Ron Messina, Yvonne Moore, Darrell Murphy, Alan Reffsin, Michael Robinson, John Rouleau, Judy Runestad, Robert Ryall, Dawn Sigmon, Vincent Sokol, Angel Torres, Scott Vajanyi, Rusty Wright, Erin Flanagan, Kevin McNesby, Jose’ Estrada, Johnny Hubbard
Unit Citation: Reserves: Mark Woods, Vernon Smith, Danny Adkins, Rollins Brown, Rocco Maiolo, Shane DeWitt, David Glisson, Juan Marrero, Eddie Reed, Paul Rust, J. D. Small, Ken Stevens, Robert Doty, Tabitha Lendon, Eva Macias, Kenneth Rodriguez, Milton Rosario
Distinguished Service: Dorothy Vignuolo
Fort Pierce Exchange Club (chili cook off): Dorothy Vignuolo
Life Saving (citizenry): Jesse Byerly, Karen Lifkin
Here are the details:
Life Saving Award: Karen Lifkin
On July 26, a deputy responded to Lakeside Way in regards to a dog bite. Upon arrival, the deputy met with Christian to find out what had happened. Christian said her three year old American bulldog grabbed her daughter (Tamya) in the midsection area of the body and began dragging Tamya around the yard. Christian began screaming and yelling for help but did not call 911. Karen Lifkin, a neighbor, called 911 and assisted Christian with getting the dog away from Tamya and back into the fenced yard. While assisting, Karen received puncture wounds around the chin area from the dog. Both Karen and Tamya were transported to the hospital for treatment. Karen, thank you for getting involved and saving Tamya’s life.
Distinguished Service Award: Dorothy Vignuolo
The Sheriff’s Office responded to Kilarney Avenue in Lakewood Park for a burglary in progress. According to the witness (our training volunteer, Dorothy Vignuolo) she observed a white male enter the residence. After notifying 911, Dorothy confronted the suspect as he exited the residence. When the suspect advanced upon her, Dorothy pulled a firearm, which she has a concealed weapons permit. The subject ran into the wooded area. A perimeter was set up. Both canine and aviation were called. Upon arrival of canine unit, the aviation unit announced over the loud speaker for the people to go inside as the dog was going to be utilized. The suspect then gave up. He was transported to CID for questioning. Thank you for your assistance.
Fort Pierce Exchange Club: Dorothy Vignuolo
For the first time the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office placed in the Fort Pierce Exchange Club chili competition. We received second place. Dottie Vignuolo deserves all the credit. She made numerous batches of chili for friends to try out. Congratulations.
Life Saving Award: Numajesse (Jesse) Byerly
On September 15 while operating radar on North U.S.1, Deputy Randy Tucker was approached by Jesse Byerly. It was evident that Jesse was in distress and mentally handicapped. Jesse was trying to communicate something to Deputy Tucker. While interviewing Jesse, Jesse pointed to the area of a parked vehicle which was one-eighth of a mile south of their location.
Deputy Tucker asked dispatch to have Deputy Tad LeRoy respond to the location. Deputy LeRoy discovered Willard Byerly, Jesse’s brother, unconscious in the driver’s seat. Willard, who was later determined to be in diabetic shock, was non-responsive. He was in immediate need of medical attention. Fire rescue arrived on scene and treated Willard. Jesse’s concern for his brother’s safety and well-being led him to cross four lanes of traffic and seek out assistance.
Due to Jesse’s selfless acts and obvious desire to help his brother in a time of need, Willard’s life was saved.
Civilian of the Second Quarter: Mary McCaffrey
Mary has been our human resources specialist since 2006. During the second quarter, Mary stepped up and took a leadership role in the absence of the H.R. supervisor. Not only did she stay on top of her tasks, she also was a back up for all other H.R. positions. Mary is able to assist with employee benefit questions and updates all status changes for members to include: the position control log, the master employee list, the employee identification list, the radio identification list, the newsletter, 911 and reverse 911 emails, FDLE and FRS updates. She is our sick pool record keeper, posts sick pool open enrollment, and sends reminder notices for those completing one-year probation. Mary oversees the evaluation process and updates all departments on members approaching review. She conducts all new-hire orientations, updates job descriptions, sits on oral boards (as needed), updates emergency contact information for the departments and creates survey lists for departments upon request. As you can see, Mary can multi-task with great efficiency. She has taken on training the new HR supervisor (Tammie Earl) while maintaining her workload. Mary’s patience and knowledge are greatly appreciated.
Patrol Support Deputy of the Second Quarter: Shirley Gill
At the beginning of April 2011, the school resource unit was hit with a manpower allocation issue that could have affected the unit. Deputy Gill had to double her responsibility as she was assigned an additional school, Palm Pointe. Deputy Gill accepted her additional responsibilities as a challenge to do an excellent job. She picked up where her predecessor at Palm Pointe left off and was able to fill the roles at both schools.
Over the course of the summer school break, the unit takes initiatives to provide St. Lucie County school children with positive activities for the summer. Deputy Gill coordinated our agency’s week long, in-house summer camp and worked for two weeks with the St. Lucie County children at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches in north Florida. In addition, she worked as a member of the Florida Police and Fire Games staff. She also attended the Florida Association of School Resource Officers conference in Orlando to improve and develop her skills.
Deputy Gill has proven she is capable of tackling any task that is asked of her and does it with refreshing idealism.
Patrol Support Deputy of the Third Quarter: Robert Howell
Deputy Robert Howell is assigned to Central High School. Central is one of the largest and busiest schools in the county. In the past three months, Deputy Howell has demonstrated exceptional abilities in dealing with students.
Recently, he was approached by a student who claimed to be the victim of physical abuse by a parent. According to the student, he had been the victim of abuse that had taken place almost three months prior to the report. Despite the time delay, Deputy Howell conducted an investigation and determined that the abuse had been on-going for several years. Deputy Howell obtained assistance from CID and the victimized members of the family were removed from the abuser to safety. The abusive parent was later arrested and the family is working to recover. Without Deputy Howell’s diligent police work, this family might still be suffering from the cycle of abuse that they had been forced to endure.
In addition to his regular duties, Deputy Howell is active with combating the gang problems in his school. He was recently selected to attend the Palm Gang training class and will help implement the new system as it becomes available.
These are only a couple of examples of Deputy Howell’s performance this quarter.
Court Security Unit Citation: Doug Hardie, Kevin Dietrich, Troy Church, Neil Spector, Barbara Williams, Francis Avril, Greg Dampier, Mickey Davis, George Dean, Robert DiMarco, Rick Doss, Kasey Folbrecht, Steve Harless, Tim Joyner, Kevin Kane, George King, Tom Ladley, Robert Ledbetter, Robert MacNamara, Larry Maggart, Ron Messina, Yvonne Moore, Darrell Murphy, Alan Reffsin, Michael Robinson, John Rouleau, Judy Runestad, Robert Ryall, Dawn Sigmon, Vincent Sokol, Angel Torres, Scott Vajanyi, Rusty Wright, Erin Flanagan, Kevin McNesby, Jose’ Estrada, Johnny Hubbard
The Sheriff’s Office Court Security Unit has undergone significant changes in the many years it has been here, but none as significant as the growth experience in recent years. Four pages of examples for this award were submitted. The unit handles the security of the physical buildings in and around the court system and all those who have passed through its doors. The unit has dealt with the deaths of five of its active members in the last several years. This group is not just a team, but a team that acts as a family. They work equally and effectively both with direct and indirect supervision and things are done right. All deputies continuously provide suggestions and feedback on how to make the job safer, more efficient and ensure responses to issues and incidents are carried out with due care and concern. They are being recognized for their attention to duty, the safety and security of the judicial staff, public, and inmates that they care for every day.
Detective of the Second Quarter: Ed LeBeau
Detective Ed LeBeau started with the office in March of 1999. He has worked in the patrol division, traffic unit, and CID. During his tenure in CID, he has worked in the property unit and is currently assigned to the person’s unit.
Since the start of the second quarter, Detective LeBeau was assigned 50 cases. These cases included: missing persons, run-a-ways, aggravated battery, sex offenses, robberies, and death investigations.
One of his more notable cases involved two adult victims who were molested by their uncle when they were children. The suspect in this case was a local preacher and predominate member of the community in Walton County, Florida. The molestations happened in St. Lucie and Walton Counties and required many hours of interviews, controlled phone calls between the victims and the suspect and travelling to Walton County.
The investigation revealed that the suspect used his position in the church to molest children in Walton County. When Detective LeBeau interviewed the suspect, he denied the allegations. When detectives played a portion of a controlled phone call between the victim and the suspect, the suspect’s hands began to shake and he asked for an attorney. The suspect was brought to St. Lucie County where he died at the county jail awaiting trial.
Thanks to Detective LeBeau’s dedication, compassion, and concern for these children, numerous victims were able to realize they were safe and may get the help they need.
Detective of the Third Quarter: Angela Flowers
Detective Angela Flowers has been a member of the office for 12 years, and has been assigned to the economic crimes unit for the last 5 years. The economic crimes unit is not one of glory but one of paper, paper, paper. They investigate crimes such as identity theft, all types of fraud, embezzlements, money laundering, elderly exploitation and racketeering.
One of her many noteworthy cases, was a racketeering case. It was a charity scam which involved 3,000 victims. The case was classified as a boiler room operation, utilizing children’s youth programs to defraud citizens out of their hard-earned money. The targets of the investigation, now defendants, would use door-to-door and phone solicitation and would collect donations for non-existent children’s charities. Could you imagine finding, contacting, interviewing, and investigating each one of these victims? She did and this was a lot of work and persistence on Detective Flowers part.
Detective Flowers carries a full load and finds time to attend night classes at IRSC. She is working toward her degree in forensic accounting.
Detective of the First Quarter: Christopher Jadin
Detective Chris Jadin is assigned to investigate property crimes. Deputy Jadin’s proactive approach is evident in the following example:
In early January, a trend began on our beaches where unknown suspects were breaking into cars parked at area beach accesses. Soon after the thefts, the stolen credit cards were being used to purchase high-dollar electronics. Detective Jadin discovered this trend was happening statewide so he contacted other agencies. It appeared the same four people were involved in all of the similar cases. Detective Jadin scheduled and facilitated a multi-agency meeting. During this meeting, investigative leads were shared which resulted in four suspects being positively identified and charged with a total of 46 felonies in multiple jurisdictions. The meeting was also attended by FDLE who has agreed to file RICO charges on the individuals. The suspects are currently incarcerated in correctional facilities around Florida.
The above is one of many examples of Detective Jadin’s commitment and dedication. He is an asset to the Criminal Investigations Division.
Detective of the Fourth Quarter 2010: (Name withheld, deputy is undercover)
This deputy has been assigned to SIU for ten months. During the last three months, he conducted approximately 75 under cover buy operations. This deputy was placed into a high school where he posed as a student. He accepted the role and was able to gain the trust of several students who were dealing illegal narcotics. The operation resulted in the arrest of at least 20 students with upwards of 50 drug related charges. In addition to working in an uncover capacity during the schools hours of 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., he assisted the unit with other undercover operations, sometimes working 70-80 hours per week.
This Deputy seeks information from patrol deputies about subjects that they suspect to be involved in narcotics activity. He takes the information and finds ways to come in contact with those suspects, which often times results in undercover buys for illegal narcotics. This became evidence during “operation intervention” when 70 individuals were charged. He is committed to SIU and is one of the highest producing investigators in the unit.
Patrol Operations Deputy of the Second Quarter: William Morash
During the second quarter, Deputy William Morash was assigned to the north end of the county. During roll calls, Deputy Morash has a quiet, unassuming nature that blends in well with the rest of the shift, but when he hits the streets, that changes. Beyond the numerous calls for service, Deputy Morash can be counted on to proactively patrol his zone with neighborhood checks, citizen contacts, traffic concerns, close patrols off the beaten path, and is always willing to help no matter what the job.
During the second quarter, he made numerous arrests. However, one particular incident stands out as an example of his training, attention to detail, and immediate willingness to take action no matter what the threat:
On June 9, 2011 Deputy Morash was working an off duty detail at the TD Bank located at 8000 South U.S. 1. The detail requires high visibility in the lobby area of the bank. Earlier that day, the Chase Bank on Prima Vista Boulevard was robbed. Remember that quiet, unassuming nature? That offers the only explanation as to why that same robber would walk past Deputy Morash and walk up to the teller and presented yet another robbery note. Deputy Morash observed this and observed the teller immediately get up from her station and walk to the drive through area.
Deputy Morash thought something was stirring as the subject was shoving the note back into his pocket; the subject walked to the desk where Deputy Morash was sitting, muttered something unintelligible to Deputy Morash and started to leave the bank. When Deputy Morash attempted to confront the subject, he fled the bank with Deputy Morash in foot pursuit. After a 200 yard foot chase, the subject was tackled from behind and singlehandedly apprehended by Deputy Morash. His actions resulted in the arrest of a potentially violent felon who in the course of one day robbed one bank and attempted to rob another.
Patrol Operations Deputy of the Third Quarter: Matt Reynolds
Deputy Matt Reynolds has been with the office since 2008. During the 3rd quarter, he produced the following:
6 – felony PC arrests
1 – felony warrant
8 – misdemeanor PC arrests
5 – misdemeanor warrants
35 – traffic citations
16 – written warnings
6 – field interview cards
When not responding to calls, Deputy Reynolds conducts traffic stops, foot patrols, and warrant checks. The majority of his arrests were from self-initiated activity.
On one particular case, Deputy Reynolds and other deputies responded to a possible burglary in progress in the rear of a van that belonged to the business. The suspect did not immediately comply with commands given by the deputies. Deputy Reynolds extracted the suspect from the van and secured him. The suspect was found to have a knife and a pair of gloves. The suspect was arrested for two counts of armed burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.
Volunteer of the Second Quarter: Richard Greenhalgh
Mr. Richard Greenhalgh volunteers in the criminal investigations division twice a week, four hours each day. During his eight hour work week, he makes follow up phone calls to victims of various crimes, attempting to gather additional information that would be helpful in solving the reported crime. He then either passes the case along to a detective or suspends the case.
Prior to Richard, CID realized zone detectives were overloaded with cases. Many were without leads but still required some attention. We found Richard through our volunteer coordinator. The amazing thing about Richard is he works 8 hours a week, and he managed to follow up on 194 cases during the second quarter. His work on these cases dramatically lightened the caseload on the zone detectives.
It should be noted that Richard’s contact with the citizens in the community is exemplary. He is polite and compassionate with victims and gives them good advice regarding crime prevention measures. He truly cares about people being victimized by criminals. Mr. Greenhalgh is a team player and a good fit in CID.
Volunteer of the Third Quarter: Ron Knaggs
Ron Knaggs joined the Citizen Observation Patrol on November 2010 and is assigned to the district eight COP group. When he joined the group, there were only two other members at that time. Ron stepped up to the plate to become the group leader and to increase the membership for district eight. Since becoming the group leader, he has increased the membership from 2 to 10.
He not only patrols and reports suspicious activity to 9-1-1, he goes above and beyond to make sure the gate codes for the communities on North Hutchinson Island are correct and up-to-date. If there is a different gate code, he makes contact with someone from the association and forwards the new gate codes to the Sheriff’s Office so deputies and EMS can access these communities.
Life Saving: Jeffrey Serafini
On June 24 Deputy Jeff Serafini responded as a backup deputy in reference to an aggravated battery. The victim in this case was arguing with his girlfriend. The girlfriend picked up a machete and swung it at the victim. The victim put his arm up to block and received a deep laceration to his forearm.
Deputy Serafini knew an ambulance was on the way, but realized the severity of the injury. The victim was losing blood rapidly. Deputy Serafini applied pressure dressing to slow the blood flow. He was able to keep the victim from going into shock. If it wasn’t for Deputy Serafini’s quick actions until paramedics arrived, the victim might not have survived.
Life Saving: Clay Mangrum
On July 28 Deputy Mangrum was dispatched to a residential fire in Spanish Lakes Fairways. A pre-manufactured home was fully engulfed in flames with a large amount of black smoke pouring out of the doors and windows.
Deputy Mangrum approached the residence where he encountered one of the occupants, Mr. Case. Deputy Mangrum was able to get Mr. Case, who was barely ambulatory, away from the door way. Mr. Case said his wife was still in the mobile home and fire/rescue had not arrived. Deputy Mangrum entered the fully engulfed manufactured home to look for Mrs. Case.
Once inside, Deputy Mangrum faced extreme heat and heavy, thick black smoke. He was forced to crawl. Deputy Mangrum could hear Mrs. Case in the rear of the home. After about a minute, Deputy Mangrum was forced out of the residence due to its rapid deterioration. At this point, the fire was so intense the siding from the neighboring trailer was starting to melt away. The fire had now burned its way through the rear of the trailer causing the walls and the roof to fall apart. Despite these conditions, Deputy Mangrum re-entered the home in a second effort to find Mrs. Case. Again, he was forced out. As fire/rescue arrived, Deputy Mangrum advised them Mrs. Case was inside the structure. Fire/rescue located Mrs. Case. However, once they reached the front door, they were unable to get her totally out of the house. Seeing this, Deputy Mangrum again returned to the house and helped them carry Mrs. Case to safety. Both Mr. and Mrs. Case were taken to Lawnwood Regional Hospital for treatment.
Life Saving: Karen “Leah” Stephens-Poehler, Matthew Gerdes, Clarence Bennett
On February 16 Deputy Leah Stephens responded to Spanish Lakes Fairways in regards to a medical emergency involving an unconscious elderly man, Mr. Donald Reding.
Upon her arrival, Mr. Reding was not conscious and not breathing. Deputy Matt Gerdes also responded to the scene. They immediately began CPR on the elderly man, as rescue had yet to arrive. Deputy Gerdes kept the victim’s airway open while Deputy Stephens provided chest compressions.
Deputy Clarence Bennett arrived on scene and relieved Deputy Stephens in providing chest compressions on the victim. Once rescue arrived, they took over the efforts and transported the victim to Lawnwood Hospital where he was stabilized. Unfortunately, Mr. Reding passed away several days later.
Meritorious Service: Marc Geisler/K-9 Jax
On July 14 Deputy Marc Geisler and his canine, Jax, responded to the area of Lakewood Park. A burglary which just occurred was called in as the resident came home and found a car in his driveway and a black male exiting his residence. He called 911 and gave a description of the vehicle which was occupied by three black males as it left his residence which was occupied at the time by his elderly father who was sleeping.
Our deputies engaged a pursuit of the vehicle which ended up in a canal with the occupants fleeing on foot. Deputy Geisler and Jax were tasked with tracking one of the suspects. Jax tracked Cameron Toombs to his hiding spot in the woods. Toombs refused to give up and fled toward the canal. Deputy Geisler gave a canine warning and released Jax. Jax apprehended Toombs by biting his right arm. Instead of giving up, Toombs dragged Jax towards the canal and jumped in. When Deputy Geisler reached the canal, he observed Toombs holding Jax’s head below the water line. Even with his head underwater, Jax continued to hold onto Toombs’ right arm. Deputy Brian Cross jumped into the canal and lifted Toombs up in order to raise the canine’s head above the water line. Deputy Geisler recalled Jax who returned to him wide-eyed and severely coughing. Toombs was taken into custody without further incident.
Throughout the entire ordeal, canine Jax refused to give up or release his grip on Toombs.
Meritorious Service: Clay Mangrum, Shawn Masters, Cedric Sotomayor, Joe Trevisol, Jeff Ward
On January 1, 2011 Deputies Clay Mangrum, Shawn Masters, Joe Trevisol, Jeff Ward, and Cedric Sotomayor responded to South Market Avenue where a residential mobile home was on fire. The mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. A resident who had escaped the inferno summoned the deputies telling them people were still inside. One of whom was trapped in a bedroom. With the equipment and tools they had at hand, these deputies promptly went to work removing the bedroom window. Next, assisted by members of the fire district, the deputies successful extricated the victim. Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, he was transported to the hospital.
Had it not been for the quick response and prompt actions of these deputies, this individual would have died. These deputies braved the heat, smoke, and adapted to what resources they had, overcame obstacles, and saved a life. Having observed their actions that New Year’s Day, the St. Lucie County Fire District recognized them during a ceremony at the Fire District’s headquarters.
Commendation: Troy Glover
During this second quarter, Deputy Troy Glover has demonstrated personal initiative and accomplishment which brings recognition to Squad F. He is being recognized for his assistance to his squad. A few examples for this quarter are as follows:
He backed up Deputies Sergio Lopez and Rigaberto Iglesias with a burglary in progress at Westwood High School. The deputies were on their perimeters for nearly two hours. If it wasn’t for their dedication to stay on the perimeter points, the suspect would have possibly gotten away.
Deputy Glover aided Deputy Jeff Serafini at an aggravated battery crime scene on Avenue P. The victim received a deep laceration from a machete. Deputy Glover kept the area secure so Deputy Serafini could attend to the wounded victim.
Deputy Glover assisted Deputies Alonge and Deblieck in regards to a burglary in progress on Newport Drive. Thanks to his assistance an apprehension of two suspects was made.
Deputy Glover also assisted the Fort Pierce Police Department with a burglary in progress at Dan McCarty Middle School which resulted in an apprehension.
And finally, Deputy Glover assisted with a burglary to a vehicle in Savanna Club where the suspect was eventually arrested for burglary.
Reserve Unit Citation: Mark Woods, Vernon Smith, Danny Adkins, Rollins Brown, Rocco Maiolo, Shane DeWitt, David Glisson, Juan Marrero, Eddie Reed, Paul Rust, J. D. Small, Ken Stevens, Robert Doty, Tabitha Lendon, Eva Macias, Kenneth Rodriguez, Milton Rosario
During the past year, the Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit has been extremely active participating in numerous events and special missions that require a law enforcement presence. These missions included, but are not limited to: the St. Lucie County fair, the Navy Seal Muster, the sex offender sweeps, the marine holiday enforcement details, the love doctors Christmas kids security, the Chili Cook Off, the living nativity scene, the back to school celebration, and the high intensity enforcement details (Lakewood Park).
The unit provides manpower at no cost for most of these events, saving the agency overtime payments to have these deputies present. Since January 1, 2011 the Reserve Unit has provided 827 hours of patrol time, 1,292 hours training (6 new deputies and in-service), and 360 hours in special details.
It goes without saying that the unit is doing a terrific job and has been very active and willing to cover any detail they have been asked to cover. Meeting the demands of these details along with their required patrols and meetings, the unit is proving its dedication to the Office and providing a valued resource.
Unit Citation: R.A.D. Instructors: Stephanie Lyons, Chris Cicio, Brian Hester, Mike Sheelar, Kevin Lindstadt, Rick Stuhr, West Harbin, Roxanne Bourbonniere, Yulieth Ortiz, Tina Speicker, Heather Wonderly, Matt Woods
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) is an international program that advocates options of self-defense for women. The program is founded on empowering women through education, dependency on self, decision making, and self-realization of physical power. RAD is a mentally and physically demanding course for both students and instructors. Each class if 15 hours in length with 13 hours of physical drills, exercises, and simulation.
RAD was started by the Sheriff’s Office in April 2009. Since that time, 12 instructors have been certified and have presented classes to numerous women throughout the county. It is difficult to quantify the impact of the course, but the students indicate that RAD is an empowering program that changes lives. RAD is more than a training program. It is a life-changing opportunity for members of our society that can only happen with the sincere dedication of each instructor involved. All RAD staff members are dedicated to providing a safe and meaningful training experience.
Detention Civilian of the Second Quarter: Kathy Archambeau
Kathy Archambeau has been assigned to the classification unit for over four years. She is the population control clerk. This position was created to control and monitor the inmate population to offset the ever increasing inmate explosion that was occurring during 2006.
Today, the population is under control to many differing factors. However, one of them is the work Kathy diligently does by reviewing all inmates with holds for other jurisdictions to make sure they are quickly dispatched out of our custody. There are approximately 250 inmates with various holds on any given day. These holds must be properly monitored and agencies must be contacted. Otherwise, they can fall under the radar and waste valuable space and money in our budget.
Kathy is pleasant and respectful when dealing with these agencies and she is unrelenting in her persistence to make sure these inmates are ready for transport and are consistently moving out of our jail. This fine work has contributed to a smaller jail population and a huge cost savings.
In addition, Kathy is a highly committed, hard-working member of the classification unit. She is early for work and helps those who are having a busy day by chipping in and staying until all the work is finished. Trevor Morganti has expressed how thankful he is to have her in his unit.
Detention Civilian of the Third Quarter: Marianne Foote
Marianne Foote sets the standard for other civilians to follow. She is always professional, polite, and goes out of her way to make sure her actions are in accordance with policies and procedures while performing her duties. The office is fortunate to have an employee with the dedication and drive that Marianne Foote displays. She is willing to jump in and lend anyone that needs it a helping hand.
Detention Deputy of the Second Quarter: James Soto
On June 23, 2011 Deputy James Soto was conducting a routine walk-through of cells while collecting razors in Delta East, dorm eight when he noticed a strong odor of coffee in cell B and observed a pile of coffee grounds on the floor. Deputy Soto’s past experience and training caused him to look further into the matter as inmates have been known to use coffee to mask odors in their cells, particularly that of tobacco.
Deputy Soto secured the cell and called for assistance. Several deputies arrived on scene and began a thorough search of the cell and the property of the cell’s occupants. Deputy Soto began to pat search each inmate in the cell, beginning with the newest arrival, a re-admit named Kevin Donohue. Donohue had been sentenced to the Department of Corrections the day before. Donohue was fidgeting during the pat search and finally admitted he had contraband on his person. He had a bag that contained a small amount of tobacco, marijuana, matches, rolling papers, prescription drugs, and several morphine tablets.
Deputy Soto’s observation skills, quick thinking, and decision making helped to ensure a safer environment for not only the inmates in his charge, but for the deputies working that housing unit.
Deputy Soto is a shining example for others to follow.
Detention Deputy of the Third Quarter: Jason Selph
Deputy Jason Selph is a hard-working, dedicated member of this agency. He is professional and polite and goes out of his way to make sure his actions are in accordance with the police and procedures while performing his duties. During several operations Deputy Selph has volunteered to work abnormal shifts that allow his unit to work more efficiently and to handle additional work loads. The office is fortunate to have an employee with the dedication and drive that Deputy Jason Selph displays. He is willing to jump in and lend anyone a helping hand.
Life Saving: Brian Tufte
Deputy Brian Tufte responded to a signal 32 in Pod B5 dorm. When he entered the dorm the juvenile inmates were rattling the cell bars. He went to cell “C” where inmate Michael Parsons was housed. Parsons had a sheet tied around the top of the cell bars and around his neck. Parsons was not responding to Deputy Tufte. Deputy Tufte entered his cell and helped him to his feet. He then removed the sheet from Parsons neck. With the help from other deputies, Parson was taken to medical and placed on 15 minute observations by the nurse in charge.
Life Saving: Donald Shirley, Robin Arce
On June 3 while conducting headcount in D1S dorm 8, Deputy Donald Shirley approached cell J to check the wrist band of inmate Crouse. He noticed there was toilet paper covering the glass on the cell door. He then opened the door hatch and looked into the cell. As he looked, he saw Crouse with his sheet, blanket, and uniform shirt tied around the top bunk and his neck. He appeared to be hanging. Deputy Shirley immediately called a signal 32, inmate suicide, via the radio.
Deputy Robin Arce arrived first on scene, Deputies Arce and Shirley went into Crouse’s cell and removed the noose from his neck. Deputy Shirley lifted Crouse up and Deputy Arce unwrapped the blanket and placed Crouse on the floor. Crouse was gasping for air. He was taken to medical for treatment and later transported to the hospital for further medical care.
Life Saving: W.T. Hamilton, Michael Wendt, Demon Blackshell, Kenrick Thomas, Natalie Castillo
On April 16 after the headcount cleared, an inmate in Delta One North pressed the call button to inform the tower deputy that an inmate was trying to kill himself. Deputy Kenrick Thomas called a signal 32 (suicide attempt) via the jail radio system.
Deputy W. T. Hamilton quickly responded to dorm one and noticed Inmate Hammer hanging from the rail by a bed sheet. Several inmates were holding his legs and feet up as Deputy Hamilton tried to remove the sheet from his neck, but it was too tight. Deputies Michael Wendt, Demon Blackshell, and Natalie Castillo arrived and assisted with untying the sheet from his neck. They placed him on his side in the rescue position until medical staff arrived.
Deputies Hamilton, Wendt, Blackshell, Thomas, and Castillo’s quick response and actions contributed to saving the life of a distressed inmate that wanted to kill himself. A suicide letter was found on his storage bin.
Life Saving: Joe Bell, Veronica O’Brien, Jason Lyda, Wayne Anderson, Joseph Shinn, Matthew Iles
On June 30, Inmate Brown attempted to commit suicide in his cell. Inmate Brown received a razor from Deputy O’Brien and waited for her to leave the dorm. Inmate Brown tied his cell closed, broke open his razor, and began cutting his left arm. Deputy Matthew Iles was in the control tower scanning dorms and noticed Inmate Brown making slicing motions across his arm. Further observation from Deputy Iles revealed blood on the walls as well, indicating the inmate was in serious trouble. Deputy Iles immediately called for medical staff and additional deputies to respond. Deputies Bell, Lyda, O’Brien, Anderson, and Shinn responded. Deputies Bell and Lyda worked on the three knots holding the linen tied across the cell bars and quickly gained entry into the cell. All deputies present worked to secure Brown and began immediate first aid including putting pressure on the multitude of wounds on his left arm while also keeping the cell secure and safe. Brown was transported to medical and treated on site. He received over 70 stitches from the self-inflicted wounds.
Life Saving: Walter Scott
On October 6, 2011 a call for a medical emergency in B1 dorm 1 came across the radio. While Sgt. Sokolowski was enroute, he heard Deputy Walter Scott call over the radio to contact 911 to roll rescue. The nurses found an inmate on the floor semi-conscious, unable to breath. Nurse Joann performed a finger sweep and was unable to dislodge the object from the inmate. Another nurse attempted the Heimlich maneuver two times. Deputy Scott picked the inmate up from the floor in a sitting position and began the Heimlich maneuver. On the fourth thrust, the object dislodged.
Nurse Umbach told Sergeant Sokolowski she had felt a lump in the throat of the inmate which she could not dislodge by way of a finger sweep or Heimlich thrusts. The nurses who responded kept saying the Deputy Scott had saved the inmate’s life. Deputy Scott acted wisely, quickly, and with excellent technique.
Civilian of the 3rd Quarter: Dorothy Shaw
This past June, Tammy Schwab broke her ankle and was out on injury leave for eight weeks. During this time, Dorothy handled all of the administrative assistant duties of the Office of the Sheriff.
The third quarter was hectic for our office. Along with handling her responsibilities as Sheriff Mascara’s assistant, Dorothy was busy working on meetings and correspondence concerning budget workshops. She completed the necessary paperwork for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches golf tournament, mailing thank you letters and photographs from the event. In addition, she answered and screened my incoming telephone calls and scheduled my appointments.
Furthermore, we were getting ready to host the Florida Police and Fire Games the last week of June. Dorothy assisted with the first annual fishing tournament for the games. Once the games concluded, Dorothy did the thank you letters to the tri-county host agencies as well as their board of county commissioners.
Thanks to Dorothy’s assistance and dedication, Sheriff Mascara's office ran smoothly during this time.
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