VIDEO: ‘Speedy’ DeWitt Firearms Challenge Big Success

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ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey talks with SpaceCoastDaily.com’s Matt O’Hern during the “Speedy” DeWitt Tactical Firearms Challenge, which was created to honor the memory of DeWitt while raising awareness and funding for deputies and police officers during serious medical hardships. This year’s event will serve as a fundraiser for our newly created Brevard County Public Safety Fund that supports Public Safety Officers and their families during a time of need.

“This year’s event will serve as a fundraiser for our newly created Brevard County Public Safety Fund that supports Public Safety Officers and their families during a time of need.”  – Sheriff Wayne Ivey

‘Speedy’ DeWitt: Legendary Brevard County Lawman

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The S.R. “Speedy” DeWitt Tactical Firearms Challenge event is today at the Brevard County Five Palms Range.

Through 25 years of the greatest social upheaval in American history, through a population boom that took Brevard from a mostly rural county to a sprawling Space Center community, Speedy questioned suspects, followed investigative leads, made cases and rose through the promotional ranks. (BCSO images)

Through 25 years of the greatest social upheaval in American history, through a population boom that took Brevard from a mostly rural county to a sprawling Space Center community, Speedy questioned suspects, followed investigative leads, made cases and rose through the promotional ranks. (BCSO images)

The event was created to honor the memory of BCSO Captain “Speedy” DeWitt while raising awareness and funding for deputies and police officers during serious medical hardships.

This year’s event will serve as a fundraiser for our newly created Brevard County Public Safety Fund that supports Public Safety Officers and their families during a time of need.

This newly created not-for-profit serves to make sure that if one of our Public Safety members faces a medical hardship or other significant difficulty, we can collectively assist.

All proceeds raised from this event will go directly to support Public Safety members countywide during times of need.

I am asking that each of you spread the word and try to get teams to compete. (Sorry, but only sworn law enforcement officers can compete).

In addition to the competition, we have $5 pre-sale lunch tickets available, which include a BBQ sandwich, beans, chips and soda.

Understanding that there are a number of employees who will be unable to attend due to their schedules, we are also planning on delivering meals to the respective precincts, CIS, Courthouse, Jail and other locations where a number of meals are requested. Delivery arrangements will be made during the pre-sold purchases.

GREAT RAFFLE ITEMS

We also have a number of raffle items to include a 4/5 day Royal Caribbean Cruise for 2 valued at approximately $1,400, a Kel-Tec KSG 12 ga. valued at approximately $1,500 and a Ares-15 MCR Sub Carbine 5.56 valued at approximately $3,500.

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This year’s shirt design and information is above. Even if you can’t make or participate in the event, please purchase raffle tickets or shirts to help support the event.

Information concerning the raffle items and tickets are included on the attached flyer. (There are a limited number of raffle tickets for each marquee item so please hurry).

Also, our sponsors are very generous and supportive of our efforts, they will each be recognized at the event, so please make sure you thank them for everything they do to make Brevard County such a wonderful place to live!

This year’s shirt design and information is also attached. Even if you can’t make or participate in the event, please purchase raffle tickets or shirts to help support the event.

This is our opportunity to assist our own during difficult times. Please encourage your team members to sign up for the event. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

If you are interested in being a Sponsor for the event or making a donation, please contact BCSO Accounting Manager Denise Postlethweight at 321-264-5206 or e-mail denise.postlethweight@bcso.us

If you have questions, please contact Jean Palmer at 321-633-8400 or Major JJ Woolsey at 321-633-1216.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases.

Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.

Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.

Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.


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