St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Mascara will preside at agency awards ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
Several life saving awards, unit citations and a combat injury award will highlight an awards ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 am. at Sheriff's Office headquarters in Fort Pierce. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara will preside.
Here are the awards:
Admin./Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Quarter: Joe Guertin Detective of the Quarter: Rob Barton, Sue Woodward Detention Civilian of the Quarter: Charles Strickland Detention Deputy of the Quarter: Brian Shackley
*Detention Deputy of the 2nd Quarter: Karen Hills Detention Supervisor of the Quarter: Bob Hasse Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter: Ron Stickney Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter: Richard Doss
*Indicates previous quarter
Combat Injury: Angela Flowers Life Saving: Ezell Cooper, Jason Livingston, Nigel Stewart Life Saving: Stan Sokolowski, Steven Bukowick, Karen Hills, Soketa Johnson Life Saving: Deshon, Shawn Hasse, James Krause
Life Saving: W. T. Hamilton, Jason Paquette, Brian Witherow, Matt Wright Life Saving (citizenry)-previous Quarter: Stephen Psarreas, Anne Crehan, Paul Blake, Nick Napoli, Ramon Perez, Dino Pinder Combat Inury: Angela Flowers Meritorious Service: Michelle Hernandez
Commendation: George Dean, Ron Messina Commendation: Erin Flanagan Commendation: Charles Badger, Steve Giordano, Lucius Harris, Jennifer Perkins, Alan Porcaro, Dexter Scott, Reggie Wittey, Tom Elwood, Ron Harris, Terrell Mongo
Commendation: Mike Monahan, Jerry Rothman, Mike Sheelar, Brian Hester, Bob Hasse, David Cabrera, Chris Hazellief, Mike O'Steen, Ken Waters, George Emerson Florida Sheriffs Association Award: Warren Alford Appreciation Award: James Gibson
Unit Citation: Night One: Bill McMahon, Ezell Cooper, Gary Deshon, Kenneth Smith, Antonio Arbona, Robin Arce, Carlos Betances, Deborah Botella, Bernard Cunningham, Francisco Del Rosario, Giuseppe Difilippi, David Dionisio, Tracy Gillespie, Thomas Grosse, Robert Hall, Shawn Hasse, Latrice Holiday, Andrew Infante, Judith Kelly, John Lane, Jason Livingston, Marc Mallow, James Martello, David McKeever, Fabienne Miot-Cesar, Stephen Mochan, Felix Newkirk, James O'Brien, Estiven Oviedo, Zachery Pressley, Lisa Riedinger, Donald Shirley, John Soto, Darian Spells, Nigel Stewart, Brian Tufte, Vincent Williams
Unit Citation: Fleet Maintenance: Larry Melton, Tom Elwood, Brian Earl, Dale Meadows, Y oan Rojas, Ed Walko
Unit Citation: Identification Unit: Roxanne Cannon, Eileen Gianquitti, Dena Hamm, Pam Mayr, Tanika Riggins, Michelle Siters, Lara Thiery, Jada Webb
Unit Citation: Special Invetigations
Unit Citation: Inmate Work Unit: Bob Hasse, David Cabrera, Chris Hazellief, Michael O'Steen
Here are the details:
Life Saving Deputy Stephen Psarras, Paul Blake, Anne Crehan, Nick Napoli, Ramon Perez, Dino Pinder
On June 12 Deputy Stephen Psarras entered Gold’s Gym to work out. Within two minutes, there was an incident in the parking lot. Anne Crehan heard screams for help coming from the parking lot. A man, Weslie Cadet, was pinned underneath his car. Mr. Cadet’s legs were sticking out from under the car, and he was trapped underneath. The car was laying on his chest, waist and head.
Dino Pinder, seeing Mr. Cadet under the car, tried to use the scissor jack to raise the car to free him but could not. Mr. Pinder ran into the gym yelling for help. Nick Napoli, Paul Perez and Deputy Psarras ran outside. The four of them quickly took position along the passenger side of the vehicle.
On the count of three, the four of them lifted the front of the vehicle off of the ground which allowed others to pull Mr. Cadet free from the vehicle. Mr. Cadet was transported to the hospital and released a short time later. We thank all six people for getting involved and rescuing Mr. Cadet.
Detention Civilian of the Quarter Charles Strickland
Charles Strickland has been employed with the agency since 2006. He has proven to be a valuable asset. He is very astute and conscientious. Recently, he informed his supervisor about the inappropriate activity between an inmate and a volunteer. Mr. Strickland’s attention to detail and intuitiveness to investigate suspicious activity is very beneficial.
He has trained numerous new civilian clerks in the lobby, and they have since gone to different areas within the agency. Mr. Strickland is the consummate professional. He has worked with numerous partners over the years, and we have never received one complaint against him.
The switchboard area is an extremely busy area and can be a highly stressful place to work; however, Mr. Strickland’s wonderful sense of humor keeps tension down and morale up in the switchboard.
Detention Deputy of the Quarter Brian Shackley
Deputy Brian Shackley is a dedicated, hardworking deputy. While conducting his day-to-day duties, he pays close attention to his environment, constantly on the lookout for potential dangers to staff and inmates.
On Sept. 9 an inmate began mule kicking the door of his cell in the medical unit. He was housed there for precautionary observation as he was detoxing from a controlled substance. While kicking the door, he began to yell that he wanted to kill himself. With each kick he demonstrated a willingness to injure himself and others. Deputy Shackley approached the inmate, utilized his interpersonal skills and talked him down to a manageable stage.
Once calmed, Deputy Shackley placed hand restraints on him and removed him from the cell, further deescalating the situation. As medical staff completed their evaluation, the inmate began to hallucinate. Without warning he jumped up and bolted toward the medical unit exit. With Deputy Shackley’s vigilant observance and instantaneous reaction he caught him and took him to the ground without injury.
Later in the shift Brian's observation of this inmate again aided in preventing a serious incident or injury. The inmate began banging his head into the concrete wall of his cell. The inmate was placed in the restraint chair for his own safety, and Brian volunteered to assist restraining the inmate.
As the door to the cell opened, the inmate charged, hallucinating and yelling, "You killed my family and now you’re going to kill me." He slipped the grasp of the initial deputy and was taken to the ground by Deputies Shackley and McCuen. During both incidents the inmate was taken to the ground and restrained without injury. Thank you for a job well done.
Detention Supervisor of the Quarter Sgt. Bob Hasse
Life Saving Sgt. Ezell Cooper, Deputy Jason Livingston, Deputy Nigel Stewart
On Sept. 13, Deputies Jason Livingston and Nigel Stewart were scanning through the dorms in Pod B3 when they noticed inmates in dorm 2 waving their towels outside the cell's bars. Deputy Stewart, who was the tower deputy, advised Deputy Livingston, who was the floor deputy, to conduct a security check of the dorm. Once Deputy Livingston entered the dorm, he saw an inmate housed alone in a cell covered in blood and laughing. Deputy Livingston immediately called for a medical response. He noticed cuts on both the left and the right lower biceps and both sides of the inmate's neck.
While waiting for assistance, the inmate began to tie his bed sheet around the cell bars so it wouldn’t open, while telling the deputy he was going to die in there. At this point, Deputy Livingston started a dialogue with him to deescalate the situation.
When Sgt. Ezell Cooper arrived on the scene, he took over the dialogue to distract the inmate which allowed Deputy Livingston to untie the knotted sheet from the cell bars. They were then able to coax the inmate to the cell bars, secure his wrists, while Sgt. Cooper applied pressure to the cut on the inmate’s arm. He was then escorted to medical where he received further treatment.
Due to Sgt. Cooper, Deputy Stewart, and Deputy Livingston’s quick response and vigilance, the inmate didn’t inflict more harm to himself in which it could have caused possible death.
Life Saving Sgt. Stanley Sokolowski, Deputy Steven Bukowick, Deputy Karen Hills, Deputy Soketa Johnson
On Sept. 24 an inmate sitting in the front security enclosure called for help. Deputies Karen Hills and Steven Bukowick responded and noticed another inmate hanging himself. While Deputy Bukowick was searching the second inmate, the first inmate had used his shoe string to wrap around his neck.
Sgt. Stan Sokolowski and Deputy Soketa Johnson responded. Sgt. Sokolowski heard the inmate making a gurgling sound. Deputy Johnson and Deputy Bukowick lifted the inmate off of the ground to relieve the pressure from his neck. Just prior to Sgt. Sokolowski gaining access to the string to cut it with his J-Hook, Deputy Hills was able to free the string from around the inmate’s neck and head. The inmate was secured in handcuffs and examined by medical staff.
With the quick response and teamwork used by these deputies the inmate was saved from harm and/or death.
Life Saving Deputy W. T. Hamilton, Deputy Jason Paquette, Deputy Brian Witherow, Deputy Matthew Wright
On Aug. 22 there was an incident involving an inmate. Deputy Matthew Wright entered the inmate's cell and instructed the inmate that his "out of cell time" was up and to roll in. The inmate continuously refused to comply. Deputy Wright then called for assistance, and Sgt. Eddie Hicks (now retired) arrived with a few other deputies.
Upon entering the dorm, Sgt. Hicks observed the inmate perched on the second tier on the outer rail. Sgt. Hicks approached the inmate and asked him what was going on. The inmate said he had received some bad news from home. Sgt. Hicks asked him to come back over on the inner side of the rail and they would talk about it, but the inmate refused.
At this time, Deputies Wright, Witherow, Paquette, and Hamilton were standing directly behind the inmate on the second tier. A silent signal was given to grab the inmate. These deputies responded quickly to the command and pulled the inmate back over the rail before he could jump. The inmate was placed on the floor, secured with leg and hand restraints, and escorted to medical.
The action of these deputies was exemplary and professional and prevented the inmate from hurting himself and others. Life Saving Sgt. Gary Deshon, Deputy Shawn Hasse, Deputy James Krause,
While conducting laundry exchange in the juvenile housing unit, Deputy Felix Newkirk was notified by Deputy James Krause, from the tower, that an inmate had placed a blanket on his cell bars, blocking the interior view of the cell.
Deputy Krause continued observing the inmate. The inmate proceeded to tie a sheet through the air conditioning vent in the dorm. He then tied it around his neck and stepped off the toilet to hang himself. Deputy Krause instantly called a signal 32. Sgt. Deshon and Deputy Hasse responded.
When they entered the cell, Sgt. Deshon removed the sheet the inmate used to cover his head and face. They managed to remove the sheet that he had tied around his neck and lifted him down from the toilet. He was restrained by Deputy Hasse and Sgt. Deshon until medical and additional deputies arrived. The inmate was placed on suicide observation.
The conscientious observation by Deputy Krause and quick response by Sgt. Deshon and Deputy Hasse prevented both a suicide and possible injury to the inmate.
Commendation Sgt. Charles Badger, Dep. Steven Giordano, Dep. Lucius Harris, Jennifer Perkins, Dep. Alan Porcaro, Dep. Dexter Scott, Dep. Reggie Wittey, Tom Ellwood, Ron Harris, Terrell Mongo
The Fort Pierce Police Athletic League held a fund raiser, "Dancing with our PALs" on Oct. 6, at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce.
This event was a huge success, raising funds that will go back into serving the youth in our community through training and mentoring disadvantaged children who live in low income, high crime, gang infested neighborhoods.
From our agency, Tom Ellwood (fleet maintenance) and Reggie Wittey (civil) volunteered many hours to train dancers and were competing dance instructors. Jennifer Perkins (detention) shined with her singing performance and Sgt. Charles Badger with his D..J. services.
In addition to the performers, Deputies Alan Porcaro, Steven Giordano, Lucius Harris, and Dexter Scott provided the security and Terrell Mongo and Ron Harris from Aramark staff assisted with the setup and food service.
PAL activities reduce member’s idle time, instill discipline, improve self-esteem, teach positive values, encourage physical fitness and teach basic life skills. The goal is for participants to improve the quality of their lives and build vital qualities for a successful future. Unit Citation Night One:
Lt. William McMahon, Sgt. Ezell Cooper, Sgt. Gary Deshon, Sgt. Kenneth Smith, Antonio Arbona, Robin Arce, Carlos Betances, Deborah Botella, Bernard Cunningham, Francisco Del Rosario, Giuseppe Difilippi, David Dionisio, Tracy Gillespie, Thomas Grosse, Robert Hall, Shawn Hasse, Latrice Holiday, Andrew Infante, Judith Kelly, John Lane, Jason Livingston, Marc Mallow, James Martello, David McKeever, Fabienne Miot-Cesar, Stephen Mochan, Felix Newkirk, James O’Brien, Estiven Oviedo, Zachery Pressley, Lisa Riedinger, Donald Shirley, John Soto, Darian Spells, Nigel Stewart, Brian Tufte, Vincent Williams
Night One has been fortunate to have had a unified group of supervisors over the last few years, but this shift’s exemplary reputation is because of its deputies. With limited deputies at night and at time limited supervisors, this shift has performed beyond expectations. Night One has accumulated more shakedowns this year, leading most months, than all other shifts.
At the same time, "use of force" and inmate/officer incidents have been kept to a minimum. This is because of the teamwork and work ethics of the shift deputies. Working many times with a small staff, the challenges of mental health and high risk inmates, they have formed a bond of cooperation that is appreciated by their supervisors. This was evident in their actions regarding two suicide attempts this quarter, which saved the lives of two inmates, one being a juvenile.
Deputies are an extension of their supervisors and the supervisors are only as good as those that work for them. Night One has shown that they take pride in their jobs and responsibilities, thereby making the supervisor’s job easier.
Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter Ron Stickney
Master Deputy Ron Stickney has over 26 years of law enforcement experience. His quarterly stats are as follows: 12 arrests, 1 felony, 7 misdemeanors, and 4 notices to appear. He also completed 23 written reports. He had a total of 149 traffic stops including 30 citations, 13 written warnings, 8 correction cards, and 98 verbal warnings.
On September 26 dispatchers received several calls that there was a large male physically beating a female on a boat about a quarter mile off the beach on the St. Lucie River. Although there were many witnesses, the boat appeared to have docked and the occupants fled to their residence.
Through a lengthy search and detailed investigation the victim and crime scene were located. Master Deputy Stickney and his trainee were able to locate the suspect, establish probable cause and make an arrest on the case. As the victim and suspect were not cooperative, written statements from witnesses, photographs, along with DNA evidence and other physical evidence had to be gathered during the investigation. It is efforts like this that make Master Deputy Stickney an outstanding F.T.O. but also elevates the standards of a law enforcement response that the Sheriff’s Office expects from our staff.
On Sept. 1, Ericka Nelson from the Clerk of the Court Felony Division sent a letter commending Master Deputy Stickney. She wrote, "absolutely wonderful Officer Ronald Stickney does with his arrest affidavits and citations. His handwriting is very, very legible and clear and he makes no mistakes." Master Deputy Stickney is not only identified in our agency as a professional but also by other agencies in the criminal justice system.
We thank him for his professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication.
Detective of the Quarter Rob Barton and Sue Woodward
This responsibilities of Detective Sue Woodward and Detective Rob Barton require them to interact with numerous state, federal, and private sector agencies. They also work with the Florida Legislature providing input into new laws and strengthen old laws.
Because of their professionalism, Detectives Barton and Woodward have taught classes to other law enforcement officers at the National Sex Offender conferences. Detective Woodward has authored several grants for the office. These grants have resulted in over $1.5 million in federal money for the Sheriff's Office.
They track over 400 registered sex offenders and sexual predators. Detectives Woodward and Barton coordinate four quarterly sweeps in which the Sheriff's Office must go out meet with each offender face to face. The detectives also make sure the offender's driver's license is updated, along with updating the respective files. This is a tedious and all-inclusive job. As required by state statute, each quarter Sue and Rob must check the career felons.
Both detectives are members of our Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit. Detective Woodward is a skilled interviewer and does a remarkable job of interviewing young victims. Unless you witness the interview, you cannot understand the emotional and physical toll it takes on her during each interview.
Detectives Rob Barton and Sue Woodward are diligent investigators, remarkable law enforcement deputies, and an asset to the agency.
Combat Injury Award – Angela Flowers Meritorious Service – Michelle Hernandez
On Sept. 19 Detectives Michelle Hernandez and Angela Flowers were assigned to sex offender checks. As they approached a residence, the detectives made contact with the defendant as he walked from the west side of the residence to the driveway. Detective Flowers explained to the defendant the reason for their visit and asked for his identifying information. Part of the quarterly check is to verify that the subject resides at the listed address and if necessary update any registration information.
Both detectives advised him several times they were doing the quarterly checks that he had participated with in the past. After warning the defendant he needed to comply, Detective Flowers placed him under arrest and grabbed his wrist to take him into custody. The defendant pulled away and attempted to run towards the back yard. Detectives Flowers and Hernandez gave chase where the defendant began to fight with the detectives.
During the fight and in an attempt to get away, the defendant threw Detective Flowers to the ground. This caused serious injury to her leg, and she was no longer able to chase the suspect.
Detective Hernandez chased the defendant into the residence in an attempt to arrest him. As the suspect entered the house, he slammed a heavy hurricane sliding door on Detective Hernandez’s left hand, trapping it in the door. Detective Hernandez was able to free her hand and continued to chase the defendant into the house, finally catching him inside the living room.
She was able to get one handcuff on him when he began to strike her in the head and upper torso with elbow and forearm strikes. The fight continued with the defendant spitting in Detective Hernandez’s face and continuing to strike her in the head. She was able to fight off the defendant until backup units arrived. Detective Flowers radioed for help and provided exact directions to responding units while dragging herself on the ground to try and help her partner.
After the incident, both detectives were transported to the hospital for treatment. Detective Hernandez’s hand and fingers were swollen and bruised from being slammed in the door to the point that her hand was useless. Detective Flowers' left leg was broken in three locations, resulting in two compound fractures and a spiral break.
During the incident, both detectives displayed heroic dedication to duty and professionalism in the face of danger.
Unit Citation Identification - Roxanne Cannon, Eileen Gianquitti, Dena Hamm, Pam Mayr, Tanika Riggins, Michelle Siters, Lara Thiery, Jada Webb
In the last year, the Identification Unit has undergone many changes. Most of these changes were in the area of technology and required a culture change from "the way it has always been done." The new technology required a great amount of input from each member of the unit to ensure we were still able to achieve our intended goals. Although hesitant in the beginning, the members of the unit have begun to embrace the new technology and frequently suggest helpful improvements to our efficiency.
In July , we began the enormous task of scanning in all of the arrest records retained by the Identification Unit. There are almost 140,000 folders, each containing numerous documents. Although the Sheriff's Office hired part-time employees to scan most of the documents into a database, the project quickly proved taxing to the unit.
Over the years, many of these files amassed a variety of documents not necessarily related to the Identification Unit. This required manually going through each folder and cleaning out the unnecessary paperwork.
The members of the Identification Unit buckled down, some cleaning out folders while others continued to handle the additional load of the daily work. They also worked late into the evenings and on the weekends to coordinate and achieve this task.
Although this process continues today, due to their dedicated efforts, we have long passed the half-way point and are on our way to completion of a monumental task. Without the commitment of these Sheriff's Office members, this project would not be as successful as it continues to be.
The members of the Identification Unit have collectively demonstrated exceptional achievement in the performance of their assigned and additional duties. Through their efforts and input, they have made a significant contribution to the enhanced effectiveness of the Identification Unit.
Unit Citation Special Investigations Unit
At the beginning of this quarter, the Special Investigations Unit was completing the summer detail, "Operation Street Peace" in Fort Pierce where the unit was tasked with proactive patrols in Fort Pierce mainly targeting street-level drug dealers and violent crimes. Operation Street Peace resulted in nearly 500 arrests.
During the quarter, the unit experienced significant changes when long-time SIU Lt. Charlie Scavuzzo departed for 10 weeks to attend the FBI National Academy, and during his absence Lt. Doug Hardie was assigned to the unit. During this time two deputies were assigned to the unit for the first time. Although there were new personnel, investigations continued which targeted suspected high-level drug dealers with immediate results.
As a result of these investigations, the unit executed 12 search warrants, seized 18 vehicles and recovered approximately $20,000 in U.S. currency, and another $20,000 in assets. Notably, the unit was involved in a traffic stop that led to the seizure of 36 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a concealed compartment in a commercial vehicle.
Also, the unit began seeing a significant decline in the availability of prescription narcotics and an upswing with regards to the production of crystal methamphetamine. As a result, four search warrants were written, and at least six individuals were arrested for the manufacturing of crystal methamphetamine.
Altogether, the unit arrested 13 individuals on trafficking charges for their involvement in the sale of prescription narcotics, marijuana and powder cocaine. A total of 45 pounds of marijuana was confiscated, along with several hundred prescription pills and at least three ounces of cocaine.
Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter Richard Doss
Deputy Richard Doss started with the Sheriff’s Office in February 2002 coming directly to Court Security. From December of 2003 to March 2011 he worked at the Sheriff’s Office front lobby and the Walton Road tag office.
In March 2011, Deputy Doss was moved to the holding cell section of Court Security, due to his prior corrections and supervisory experience, with previous agencies. Deputy Doss set up new processes and documentation, built on what was already in place and improved upon it. The new lower holding area was being put to use, and Deputy Doss was asked to organize and operate the new facility.
He accepted the challenge with enthusiasm. He coordinated with county maintenance as well as the general contractors to finalize onstruction and set up the systems needed to make the entire holding cell area operational, safe and secure.
Deputy Doss researched F.T.O. courses and outlines from other agencies that could be used to start training a civilian for the control rooms in the holding cell areas. He took on the responsibility of the daily assignment of deputies in the two different holding cell areas.
Deputy Doss took the reformatted inmate list from the Sheriff’s Office Detention Transport Unit and turned it into a form that is used on the holding computer to track the inmates once they arrive at the courthouse. This has made tracking inmates between the courtrooms and upper and lower holding more efficient and accurate in real time.
Deputy Doss has taken on more responsibilities and duties than were asked of him and he has become a vital asset to the Court Security Unit.
Supervisor of the Quarter Joe Guertin
During this quarter Sgt. Guertin was thrust into a situation where he was given a new assignment as the traffic supervisor and at the same time given 12 new law enforcement deputies to outfit, schedule, and train in the field training program. Tackling one of these tasks is substantial enough to endure, but having to accomplish both requires the highest level of leadership and dedication.
Sgt. Guertin immediately demonstrated the ability to identify, analyze, and solve the issues related to carrying out both of these vital assignments. His hard work and diligence resulted in the successful planning and integration of all 12 new deputies into the field training and evaluation program.
Sgt. Guertin is also alert to new opportunities, techniques, and approaches. While undertaking the monumental tasks outlined above, he was also able to work with I.T. to update and integrate the daily observation report into the Power DMS system and add the F.T.O. manual to our intranet. This has streamlined the process of evaluating the new employees and also allowed all supervisors to view their progress.
Commendation George Dean, Ron Messina
Deputy George Dean has been employed with the Office since January 1991 and has been assigned to court security since 2008. Deputy Ron Messina has been employed with the Office since May 1996 and has been in court security since 2001.
These two deputies show a great sense of organization, attention to detail and specific interest in the position of court security central control operations. Central control manages access control, monitors video from 100 feeds, answers the court security switchboard, dispatches deputies, runs warrant checks and the list has many other responsibilities.
Deputies Dean and Messina are adept at the operation and administrative maintenance of the new and evolving electronic video recording and building access systems, and both deputies can operate the system to its fullest capabilities.
Deputies Dean and Messina were instrumental in the design and operational use of the system from the ground up. They worked with Diebold installer and programmers to form a system that ensures safety of all court staff, deputies, and public.
They are resourceful and regularly bring issues to light about safety and security in the court environment as well as outside our walls. They both encourage fellow deputies to be on alert and assist supervisors with information processing and future needs.
Commendation Erin Flanagan
On July 5 while performing his duties, Deputy Scott Vajanyi had a vein rupture in his ankle. When this occurred, he did not feel any pain, only the sensation of a wet foot. When he looked down there was a large amount of blood on the floor, and blood was leaking over the top of his boot. Scott left the courtroom and asked Deputy Flanagan for assistance. She immediately placed him in a chair and removed Scott’s boot and sock.
Deputy Flanagan recognized there was an issue with one of his blood vessels. She had Scott apply pressure to stop the bleeding while she called for rescue. Erin then acquired gauze and wrapped the vessel and his ankle.
Once rescue arrived, they checked the wrapping and said the bleeding was controlled and Depuy Vajanyi was in good enough condition for transport. It was estimated that Scott lost between 3 to 4 pints of blood within minutes, a potentially life-threatening situation
Unit Citation Fleet Maintenance - Larry Melton, Tom Elwood, Brian Earl, Dale Meadows, Yoan Rojas, Ed Walko
The members of the fleet maintenance unit are routinely willing to go beyond their normal duties for the good of the agency. This crew is able to maintain approximately 500 vehicles ranging from four-wheelers to semis. They perform jobs from a simple oil change to major repairs, fabrications, and wrecker calls. The crew is willing to do whatever is asked of them and perform in a professional manner.
Larry Melton has commented on numerous occasions that he is very proud of the wide range of talent and skill that each of these individuals brings to the shop.
Detention Supervisor of the Quarter Unit Citation Commendation
This award is recognizing three separate awards.
We are recognizing Sgt. Bob Hasse as detention supervisor of the quarter, the inmate work unit (Sgt. Bob Hasse, Deputy David Cabrera, Chris Hazellief, and Michael O’Steen) with a unit citation and Major Mike Monahan, Captain Jerry Rothman, Sgt. Mike Sheelar, Sgt. Brian Hester, Sgt. Bob Hasse, Deputy David Cabrera, Christopher Hazellief, Michael O’Steen, Ken Waters, George Emerson with a commendation award.
These individuals approached office administrators with concerns about proper facilities to conduct training at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. One of the concerns was a location to conduct defensive tactics training exercises. At the time, the staff was conducting these defensive tactic training exercises in the area surrounding the Chop Stark Pavilion. The area is very uneven and dangerous for students to do this training at that location. A proposal was made utilizing inmate labor to construct a covered pavilion area at the range for this training. Arrangements were made to design and plan for the construction of this project.
At the same time, a discussion began concerning the availability of buildings that could be utilized as an active-shoot house for firearms training. We contacted the School Board and learned that there were several portable classrooms that would become available.
The office made arrangements to secure several portable classrooms – three to be used at the range and one to be set up at the inmate work unit area for a canine training office. With the help of Sgt. Hasse, the detention aides, and inmate work crews, these buildings were set up at the designated areas. In an effort to maximize the space available at the range, a collection of older utility sheds that were utilized by other agencies were removed and new equipment storage areas were constructed by the inmate work crews.
In addition, one of the classrooms was set up, and the MILO computer firearms training system was installed adjacent to the existing classroom at the range so that all firearms training would be centrally located at the training complex.
While these projects were going on, the existing classroom was also remodeled and additional training aids were installed to make the classroom more functional.
About halfway through the project, because of the expanded utilization of property, there was a concern about the safety of the rifle side of the firearms range. It was proposed that the firearms range be expanded in a northerly direction for an additional 60 yards so that firearms training could be safely conducted north of the pedestrian walkway from the defensive tactic training side of the facility to the pistol side of the facility.
Training staff began looking into the feasibility of moving the berm and building a new berm area north of the current location and organized a partnership with WastePro, the county’s trash hauler, and St. Lucie County to do all of this work for a minimal fee of hours worked.
In addition, Ken Waters assisted in all phases of the construction project including the installation of the new irrigation system and electrical wiring.
Sgt. Hasse coordinated all the efforts on this project, in addition to all of the projects that he coordinates on a daily basis. Sgt. Hasse and his crew were responsible for installing the portable building at the canine training area. They also completely remodeled it for the canine staff.
The conclusion of this process now has the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office training facility set with a new irrigation system for the entire range area, a new defensive tactics training pavilion, new storage facilities for all training equipment, two buildings to be utilized for firearms active shooter training, a new expanded rifle range area, and a paved parking area and entry way for the training facility.
All of this work was accomplished with little expenditure of taxpayer dollars. This facility will accommodate the office for years to come and could not have been accomplished without the work and oversight of Major Mike Monahan, Sgt. Mike Sheelar, Sgt. Brian Hester, Sgt. Bob Hasse, the detention aides and numerous trustees who were tasked with the work to be accomplished.
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