Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Wayne Ivey Calls For Continued Help, Appreciates Local Citizens
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // July 11, 2016
'we love our citizens, trust them'
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As we all watch in disbelief at what has taken place over the last few days around our country, I want to personally thank the overwhelming majority of our citizens and community who have reached out to offer their support and admiration to our agency and profession.
The gestures of support have come in various forms to include in-person communication, prayers, phone calls, text messages, personal messages on FaceBook, and even hugs. It has come from people in all walks of life.
While the 1,500 proud men and women of our agency are extremely grateful for this incredible support, we are not surprised, as we know just how blessed we are to serve as Law Enforcement Officers in Brevard County. We have a community that loves us, trusts us, and has partnered with us to protect our citizens.
I know I can speak on behalf of our members when I say that we love our citizens, trust them, and are proud partners with them to protect our community.
We are truly blessed to protect people that protect us!!
In Brevard County we are one community comprised of incredible backgrounds that stand together everyday to make Brevard County great.
We find strength in each other and have always stood undivided even when adversity was taking place all around our nation. We stand strong together because we have great relationships and we realize that regardless of who we are, how we got here, or how we look, we are each other’s friend, co-worker, fellow student, neighbor, and protector!!
We have always felt that way about each other and right now in this painful time across our country, I really believe we have to be the community that sets the standard for others to look upon as a model community that refuses to let anything divide us.
Almost a year ago when our Deputy was shot in the line of duty, I watched something incredible take place. I watched as we all pulled together and fought for his life knowing that if he didn’t make it, a piece of our community would be lost.
I watched as everyone, no matter of sex, race or religion stood by our side and provided support in person, through faith, donating blood, and by raising money to help him and his family.
And when his life was saved, and it was time for him to come home, we all stood along the route together and celebrated his return. I remember that day just like it was yesterday, there were people from every corner of our society standing there saluting him upon his return.
We were all there because we were all friends before the crisis and true friends stand together during and after a crisis!!
It’s important to remember that we didn’t just become friends at that moment, but instead had always been friends!! We work together, we shop at the same stores, our kids play ball together, and yes occasionally, we even get mad at each other.
What we don’t do though is allow something or anything to tear us apart. We can’t and we won’t!! As a community we are above that!!
Right now our nation and our world is under attack by terrorist who have made it their mission to attack the United States of America and our way of life. The last thing we as a proud Nation can do is implode from the inside. We are family, and the great thing about family is regardless if you get along great or are the kooky cousin nobody likes, your still family and families stick together!!
So while all of this pain is taking place around our country, our community has a chance to show the world how it should be done.
All we as a community have to do is what we do every day in Brevard County… go to work together, go to school together, go to the ball fields together, go out to eat together, go to church together, and most importantly, partner together before the emergency happens.
We have been fostering friendships and partnerships together as a diverse community for decades, so now more than ever is the time to take advantage of what we have been preparing for, unity as a community and working proudly together to solve problems!!
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.