Ivey Honors Chalfonta For Heroic Life Saving Effort
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // May 6, 2013
A NOTE FROM BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Please join me in congratulating Ralph Chalfonta who was honored by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office as a “Shining Star” for his heroic life saving efforts following a traffic crash in Titusville on March 5, 2013.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. Ralph and his wife Alice were awakened by the sound of a car crashing in the area of their residence. Ralph exited his home and saw the car nearby that was on fire and occupied by a female driver.
Ralph attempted to enter the vehicle through the passenger door but was unable to gain access. Ralph then ran around the car and gained entry through the driver side door. Ralph was able to free the driver from the car just moments before the car became fully engulfed in flames.
It was my honor to recognize Ralph for his heroic actions today in front of his wife Alice, his daughter Christina Anderson of our agency, and our entire Command Team.
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.