Brevard Sheriff’s Office Corrections K-9 Team Rescues Ducklings Trapped In Storm Drain
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 1, 2016
Sheriff honors deputies for their efforts
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Earlier this week several members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Corrections K9 Unit were training in the West Melbourne area and decided to grab some lunch at Cheddar’s Restaurant.
Within a very short period of time the Management Team from Cheddar’s approached our Deputies and alerted them that several ducklings had fallen into a storm drain.
Deputy Jared Conaway, Deputy Fred Mendiola, Deputy Chad Crawford, and Deputy Daniel Aponte immediately jumped into action in an attempt to save the ducklings.
The Deputies removed the storm drain and subsequently utilized dog leashes and other make shift devices to scoop the endangered ducklings from the drain area.
While the opening of the storm drain was too small for the Deputies to fit through they continued for almost 40 minutes with their efforts and make shift tools until all 5 ducklings had been rescued.
Throughout the rescue the momma duck was standing vigilant along with her other ducklings that had not fallen into the storm drain.
Once the rescue was completed the ducklings showed no signs of injury as the all waddled off together following their mom.
Each and every day the members of our agency do amazing and compassionate things that constantly demonstrate their commitment to protecting everyone and everything in our community.
I truly could not be more proud of these Deputies for their efforts and compassion.
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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.