Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Recognizes Agent Brad Cervi For Outstanding Performance
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // June 15, 2016
BCSO EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In an effort to showcase the incredible work of the proud men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to introduce another valuable member of our team – Agent Brad Cervi.
Brad is not only an incredible member of our agency, but his volunteer efforts outside the Sheriff’s Office, plays a huge role in helping our community and in shaping the lives of young men and women throughout Brevard County.
Brad is a 10 year Law Enforcement Officer and is currently assigned to the East Precinct General Crimes unit on Merritt Island. He is responsible for investigating Felony crimes which occur in the unincorporated area of Merritt Island. During his career he has also held positions as a Field Training Officer and as a Road Patrol Corporal.
Brad is a diligent Investigative Agent who recently conducted a Burglary and Theft investigation with the victim being an elderly female who had a substantial amount of her valuable jewelry stolen, including family heirlooms. He was able to identify and arrest the suspect which led to his efforts in recovering many of the items of jewelry and even tracked and recovered some of her valuables as far north as Connecticut.
Brad was recognized as a 2008 Deputy of the Year award recipient for his life-saving efforts where he and his fellow squad members entered the water after an SUV crashed into the river and the driver nearly drowned. He was instrumental in extricating the victim from the submerged SUV and helped revive the victim who has since made a full recovery.
In addition to his impressive accomplishments as a Law Enforcement Officer, Brad’s involvement as an active volunteer for the Space Coast Hurricanes Sled Hockey League is nothing short of remarkable.
Brad serves as a “Pusher” for young hockey players who are diagnosed with a wide range of mobility limitations which include: amputees, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, and essentially anyone who has a permanent disability that limits participation in stand up hockey.
What Brad brings each week to the rink is truly extraordinary. You can find Brad at the hockey rink on his off time and you can see him showering these young athletes with love and affection as a friend, mentor, and coach. The joy and excitement these athletes show with the smiles on their faces is extremely motivating and is all Brad needs to keep him coming back each day.
In fact in October of 2014, Brad took it upon himself to obtain his Level 1 coaching certification in order to become an official coach for the team. Brad is so enthusiastic about this sport; he even helps organize fundraisers to make the program free for every participant.
Brad volunteers countless hours weekly for sled practice and fundraisers. The Space Coast program has players competing at all levels of competition, to include Greg Shaw, a two-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and Chris Douglas who is currently on the national team awaiting the next Paralympics in 2018.
In addition to his fantastic work ethic and dedication to his volunteer efforts, Brad has been continuing his education and most recently graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. Brad plans to continue his education as he is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program at FIT for a Graduate Degree in Public Administration.
Please join me in congratulating Brad on his incredible accomplishments and for being such a wonderful member of your Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
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ABOUT BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY
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.