Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Provides Update On Injured Agent Casey Smith’s Condition

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SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: I wanted to take a minute and update our community on the current status of Agent Casey Smith who is still listed in extreme critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: I wanted to take a minute and update our community on the current status of Agent Casey Smith who is still listed in extreme critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Faces Many Challenges In His Battle For Survival

I wanted to take a minute and update our community on the current status of Agent John “Casey” Smith who is still listed in extreme critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

On Saturday morning, we shared with everyone that the family and medical team had seen some positive but limited improvements in Casey’s condition with changes in his responsiveness and body movements.

While the changes were a positive sign, we know that Casey faces many challenges in his battle for survival.

Although he took two steps forward this morning, his medical team has recently shared with us that this afternoon his condition took a slight step backwards, demonstrating the depth and extent of Casey’s injuries.

Casey is at this time undergoing his third surgery and we are awaiting word from the surgeons on the results of the operation.

Casey is a strong man who has an amazing family and support system around him. I know in my heart he is going to come through this and get back to a normal life. Right now, his road to recovery is littered with baby steps and prayerfully not too many steps backwards.

Casey is a strong man who has an amazing family and support system around him. I know in my heart he is going to come through this and get back to a normal life. Right now, his road to recovery is littered with baby steps and prayerfully not too many steps backwards.

If you will permit me, I wanted to share two stories with you that I feel truly capture the essence of humanity and compassion from our community as they relate to Casey.

The first one I personally witnessed and involves a man who was donating blood in Titusville today who told me that he was in prison for 21 years.

This gentleman shared with me that he didn’t blame the Cops, as he put himself there and the Cops were just kind enough to give him a ride. He further told me that he does not personally know Casey, but wanted to do his part to help him.

This gentleman was extremely compassionate and from his heart wanted to help our Casey. I could not thank him enough and was truly lifted by his sentiments.

The second story occurred yesterday evening at Orlando Regional Medical Center when a homeless gentleman who was obviously down on his luck approached some of the Law Enforcement Officers who were at the hospital supporting Casey and his family.

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As he approached, he handed one of those present a $5 bill and told them that while he didn’t have much to give, he hoped that his donation would in some way help our Deputy who had been shot in the line of duty. After being thanked, the man quietly walked away and disappeared into the parking lot.

I am not sure how to truly thank a person enough who, while down and out with little to his name, gives practically everything he has to help a hero who is fighting for his life.

Here is a man who is essentially struggling to survive himself who gives the largest gift of all to another, his hope, his heart, and his respect.

While I don’t know exactly how to express our gratitude for his very kind gesture I do know that it starts with saying “Thank You!”

Please hold Casey and his family in your prayers and always know how grateful we are for your amazing support.

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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