Brevard Sheriff’s Office Maritime Security Officers, U.S. Coast Guard, Save Loggerhead Turtle
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // September 6, 2016
found in Port Authority north cargo area
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This past week, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Maritime Security Officer Anthony “Tony” Jicha was conducting a security check of the Canaveral Port Authority north cargo area.
During his security check, which includes looking for any signs of unusual activity, MSO Jicha spotted a large Loggerhead Sea Turtle on a sandy area adjacent to a cargo pier.
MSO Jicha quickly recognized the Loggerhead was in distress, and needed assistance.
The Sea Turtle Preservation Society was immediately notified however while waiting for their arrival, MSO Jicha solicited the help of fellow MSO’s and United States Coast Guard personnel to help keep the Loggerhead cool and moist.
MSO Jicha provided shade and organized a small bucket brigade providing cooling seawater that was gently poured over the Loggerhead.
Upon arrival of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society team, MSO Jicha organized the contingent of volunteers to delicately place the Loggerhead on a sling.
The Loggerhead was then hoisted over a seawall to the awaiting Sea Turtle Preservation Society vehicle that subsequently delivered the Loggerhead to Sea World where it is currently receiving care.
I tell people every day that I am surrounded by 1,500 great members of our agency who do great things to protect our community.
The actions of MSO Tony Jicha are just another perfect example of just how true that statement is.
Please join me in thanking Tony and all of the other volunteers who provided assistance to a helpless animal in a time of need!
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.
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