Four Brevard County Sheriff’s Canaveral Precinct Deputies Recognized For Great Work
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // August 14, 2015
'great teamwork and compassion'
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On June 25, at about 11:48 a.m., Deputies Stephen DiLiberto, Jennifer Galligan, Brendan Butler and Corporal Gary Haas responded to Cherie Down Park, which is located at 8330 Ridgewood Avenue in Cape Canaveral in reference to an armed suicidal male.
Prior to arrival, the responding Deputies coordinated a perimeter at the location that was being utilized by a large number of people who were using the space for beach access and showering.
Deputies DiLiberto, Galligan and Corporal Haas approached the male who was sitting under a tree near the pavilion area of the park.
The Deputies immediately observed that the male was armed with a large “Ka-Bar” Military style hunting knife.
Deputy Butler approached from the north and immediately began clearing all of the citizens that were congregated in the area. Once the area was completely cleared of bystander’s, Deputies began to approach the male who was extremely emotional, crying, and making statements about ending his life.
As the Deputies tactically approached from an opening in a wooded area the male observed them approaching and made threatening move towards the knife, which was on the ground next to his hand.
Before the male could harm himself or approaching Deputies, Deputy DiLiberto swiftly grabbed the knife while Deputies Galligan, Butler and Haas took control of the male and subdued him without causing harm to the subject, who was later transported to a nearby facility for evaluation.
While this is just another example of the great work that our agency members do every day, it is a perfect example of great teamwork and compassion to help those in need.
I could not be more proud of Deputy DiLiberto, Galligan, Butler and Haas for their professionalism in protecting our citizens and for bringing a very dangerous situation under control with everyone going home safe. Please join me in congratulating them for being named Deputies of the Month for our Canaveral Precinct.
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.