SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: Deputy Lee Roth Goes Above and Beyond To Assist Needy
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // September 20, 2015
Deputy shows integrity, compassion
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I would like to take a moment and recognize the efforts of one our Deputies for accomplishing one of those very special acts that all too often goes completely unnoticed.
One of the first things I learned in the Law Enforcement Academy, all too long ago, was integrity is doing what’s right, even if you don’t think anyone is watching.
Recently, I received a very nice communication from a citizen who was so moved by the kind actions of one of our Deputies that I felt compelled to share it with our community.
Several nights ago, Deputy Lee Roth of our East Precinct was called to a business in reference to an individual who was acting suspiciously.
Deputy Roth immediately recognized the individual as an elderly citizen who was having a very difficult time, down on their luck and homeless. The individual was shopping, but obviously, had very little money.
Deputy Roth then walked each aisle with the individual, talking and helping make the person feel comfortable as they selected items that the person hoped and prayed they had the money to pay for.
As they finally reached the register, Deputy Roth took money from his own pocket to help pay for the items that were over the person’s financial ability but were truly items the person needed to get by.
There is no doubt that the individual will be eternally grateful for Deputy Roth’s kindness, but what Deputy Roth didn’t know, was others were watching.
They watched his generosity, they were touched by his efforts to help someone who had no ability to help their own situation, and they watched a young Deputy express integrity and compassion.
An act that he truly believed was unnoticed.
It was my pleasure to call Deputy Roth and express my appreciation for a job well done! It is also my absolute honor to recognize Deputy Roth for doing the right thing to help someone in need.
This is one of the many reasons why I am personally so proud to be a member of our agency and our citizens are so proud of their Sheriff’s Office.
Please join me in recognizing Deputy Lee Roth for being not only a good person, but a great Deputy Sheriff as well.
I would also like to give a very big thank you to the citizens who are just as proud as I am for making sure this good deed was brought to our attention.
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.