SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAVES DISTRESSED SEA TURTLE AT PORT CANAVERAL
By Space Coast Daily // May 5, 2015
injured turtle transported to Sea World
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – American Guard Services (AGS) at Port Canaveral reported a sick or injured sea turtle on Monday that was found in the area of cruise terminals 8 and 10.
The Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit arrived and coordinated efforts with Maritime Security Officer Jonathan Lopez to the turtle’s exact location near the shoreline.
SeaPort Security Manager John Brady, Corporal Jim Zibell and MSO Lopez identified the turtle as a loggerhead that appeared to be severely distressed.
The turtle was struggling to keep it’s head above water to breathe so MSO Lopez gently pulled the turtle to shore and placed it into a position where it’s head was completely out of the water and could easily breathe on it’s own.
MSO Lopez then arranged a large plastic pallet to shade the turtle from the sun as they awaited the arrival of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.
Upon their arrival, BCSO personnel assisted in carrying the loggerhead to the transport vehicle where it was moved to Sea World for emergency medical treatment and further evaluation. We are still waiting to hear back on it’s condition.
I could not be more proud of our team who continue to amaze me everyday with their efforts, professionalism and compassion.
Port Canaveral is now one of the busiest Ports in the world, where millions of visitors converge annually in Brevard County to enjoy the beautiful scenery, restaurants, businesses, cruise industry and wildlife.
Today they were able to witness the true commitment of those who stand ready to ensure that everyone, including the wildlife are safe.
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.
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.