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 January 18th, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara promotes veteran deputy to rank of Sergeant
This morning, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara promoted 12-year veteran Deputy Gary Morales to the rank of Sergeant.

The promotion ceremony took place at Sheriff's Office headquarters on Midway Road, Fort Pierce.

Here are the remarks of Sheriff Mascara at the promotion ceremony:

Sgt. Gary Morales is a native of the Bronx, New York. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in June 1999. He joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in October 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Keiser University.

He has served in Uniform Patrol, School Resource, S.W.A.T. and Special Investigations. He is currently assigned to the Training Unit.

In 2001, he posed undercover as a high school student in "Operation Safe Kid." His efforts enabled the Sheriff's Office to make 21 arrests on 73 charges ranging from drug violations to the removal of serial numbers from a firearm.

Sgt. Morales has earned a reputation for decisive action dealing with crimes in progress, investigative skill and compassion for victims of crime, as letters of commendation in his file indicate. Members of the public, businessmen and members of Treasure Coast and Florida law agencies have noted Sgt. Morales' professionalism, teamwork and dedication.

His departmental honors include Unit Citations (four times), Exceptional Duty (also three times), and two Safe Driver Awards.

He will be able to put his positive outlook and professional skills to good use in his new role as Sergeant of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

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