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 May 3rd, 2012  
Marcella Schwartz of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office named 19th Judicial Circuit Victim Advocate of the Year, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
Marcella Schwartz, one of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office's three victim advocates, has been named 19th Judicial circuit Victim Advocate of the Year, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We take special care to respect and work with the victims of crime," Sheriff Mascara said. "I am proud of all of our victim advocates, especially Marcella Schwartz, who has been honored by the Treasure Coast Victims Rights Coalition."

Ms. Schwartz joined the Sheriff's Office in 2002 as a clerk at the St. Lucie County jail. She has been a victim advocate for the past six years.

Here is the text of her award nomination from the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, written by fellow Victim Advocate Lissette Maldonado:

Marcella Schwartz has worked as a victim advocate for the past six years. Marcella is one of the most compassionate and giving people I've ever known. It gives me great delight to watch her work with victims whose lives have been turned upside down and to see the positive impact she has. Marcella has a gift of being able to make them smile with a kind word or gesture. Her sincerity is obvious to all of those who know her personally. Marcella has touched many people's lives; she has victims and their families call her frequently to thank her and write letters expressing their gratitude for the services she provides. Marcella is always willing to go the extra mile and is always willing to lend a helping hand to her co-workers and counterparts. Most importantly, she does it all with a smile on her face. Marcella has been an asset to the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office, and to the Victim Services field as a whole.

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