Sheriff Ivey Commends Deputy Matthew Simpson For Saving Woman’s Life
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // June 5, 2015
woman jumped into canal, found face-down
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Deputies from our East Precinct responded to the area of North Banana River Drive regarding a woman who had jumped into the canal on Wednesday morning.
Deputy Matthew Simpson located the woman, who was face down in the water with no visible movement.
Deputy Simpson quickly removed his duty gear and bulletproof vest and jumped into the water to try and rescue the victim, who had apparently lost consciousness.
He was able to bring the victim to the shoreline at a private boat ramp where several Deputies were waiting to assist with pulling the victim onto shore.
Brevard County Fire Rescue provided medical attention to the victim who was then transported to the hospital.
The victim is recovering, and is without question alive today because of the actions of Deputy Simpson and the other members of his squad.
Please join me in thanking Deputy Matthew Simpson for his heroic actions and for his service to our community.
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.