Two Brevard County West Precinct Deputies Honored

By  //  February 25, 2015

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Sgt. Jesse Forrest and Field Training Officer Blake Underhill were chosen as Deputies of the Month for January 2015 after they responded to a call on Jan. 26 regarding a nine year old boy with autism who had walked away from school after becoming upset over an incident earlier in the day at his school. (BCSO image)

Sgt. Jesse Forrest and Field Training Officer Blake Underhill were chosen as Brevard County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct Deputies of the Month for January 2015 after they responded to a call on Jan. 26 regarding a nine year old boy with autism who had walked away from school after becoming upset over an incident earlier in the day at his school. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Sgt. Jesse Forrest and Field Training Officer Blake Underhill were chosen as Brevard County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct Deputies of the Month for January 2015 after they responded to a call Jan. 26 regarding a nine-year old boy with autism who had walked away from school after becoming upset over an incident earlier in the day at his school.

bcso-star-180After an extensive search was launched, the student was discovered in a densely wooded marsh area by a news helicopter that was assisting in the search.

In order to reach the youngster who had become disoriented and extremely exhausted, the Deputies had to travel several hundred yards through water and extremely dense brush.

Once reaching the child and evaluating his condition Sgt. Forrest carried him back through the woods & marsh on his back while the other deputies cleared the path of branches & other obstacles.

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The child was safely returned to his parents after a very frightening incident that could have quickly ended in disaster.

I am extremely proud of the actions of Sgt. Forrest and FTO Underhill and I ask that you join me in congratulating them for a job well done.

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.

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.

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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