Space Coast Public Service Partnership Award Presented In Memory of George ‘Mack’ Mosier
By BCSO Chief Deputy Doug Waller // August 25, 2016
for exceptional support of public safety
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: In every community there are great men and women who have, by their strength of will and character, become ingrained in the consciousness of our society. They are doers and risk takers who have made a stand and a commitment for the common-good. They are labeled as public servants, but they are truly our natural leaders whose legacies are the milestones of our progress.
The Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes public service professionals who have dedicated years of service during a distinguished career where they significantly advanced the public safety or service profession, and by substantial service, has furthered the cause of justice and the mission of community service. The award is presented to a deserving individual (living or deceased) who has taken a long-term leadership role in a public or community service profession. Recipients of this award are recognized for making extraordinary contributions and sacrifices through a body of work that positively impacted their organization and community over their lifetime.
Space Coast Public Service Partnership Awards
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This year’s Partnership Awards are presented in memory of George “Mack” Mosier who tragically lost his life in June 2016.
The Partnership Awards recognizes an individual, business, group or organization for continued or exceptional performance, support and advancement of public safety and community service.
Mosier was a native Texan transplanted to Florida three decades ago and was an avid outdoorsman and a steadfast supporter of children and young adults, his friends and the law enforcement community. Mack often entered the role of a mentor, introducing young people to the outdoors. Although he was an expert hunter, what was important to him was to be outdoors and to teach young people the importance and respect of living things and the environment.
Mack was a man of immeasurable generosity, a keen sense of humor and had an unmatched level of integrity. In the community, he financially supported an amazing number of local youth sports teams.
You could always find his company support on anything from little league to youth soccer. Mack was aware of the budgetary constraints on Public Safety organizations, and without hesitation or request donated very expensive equipment and service in support of our communities.
Public service is vital to the community and should be encouraged, promoted and formally recognized. The philosophy behind community partnerships is to recognize excellence in private sector partners and public service working together to address community problems and enhance public safety in their communities.
Additionally, the award may be presented to a Brevard County individual, business, institution or organization for their community support, or commitment to health, environment or professional development of future public service members through professional excellence and innovative practices.
The recipient should have demonstrated an ability to be progressive, innovative, and identifies a citizen, business, group or organization whose assistance to public safety and service had a positive bearing on an outcome while contributing to the furtherance of public safety awareness, community involvement and sustainability.
Associated Builders and Contractors, East Coast Chapter
Founded in 1973, the East Coast Chapter of ABC is a community of common interest, and the association helps its members work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.
Beginning in 2014, ABC partnered with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to provide bicycles to children, individuals with special needs and veterans during the annual “Handlebars for the Holiday’s.” Over the past two years, the program allowed 450 Space Coast families with needs to wake up Christmas morning with a new bicycle, helmet and bicycle lock.
ABC Vice President Jan Miorelli and the entire ABC team believe that by actively engaging in volunteer projects and encouraging strong community support and bonding, the Space Coast will be a safer and better place to call home.
Such generosity demonstrates ABC’s business partnership values.
American Police Hall of Fame Museum
The American Police Hall of Fame Museum is made up of incredible members who dedicate themselves to honor our fallen law enforcement officers throughout the year. Their hard work and commitment is focused on paying lasting tribute to law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty by preserving their memories.
All who visit the Museum are deeply moved by the countless stories of selfless courage and heroism of those who have lost their lives while serving and protecting the citizens of our great nation. Executive Director Barry Shepherd and his wonderful team give so much of themselves to support the courage, strength, integrity, responsibility and challenges that comes with those who wear the badge.
The American Police Hall of Fame is the nation’s first national police museum and memorial dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement heroes who are killed in the line of duty. This museum, through displays, a memorial, simulators, and nearly 11,000 artifacts, has created an opportunity to educate the public about the history and current trends of American law enforcement. The Memorial lists overs 8,000 officers who were killed in the line of duty.
Their names are permanently etched on the Memorial’s marble walls, which are added to once a year for Police Memorial Day (May 15). On Police Memorial Day the Memorial hosts thousands of police officers, family survivors and dignitaries. The event is a somber reminder that every 57 hours, a police officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in America.
Commander John Blackledge of the Sebastian Police Department, retired as Deputy Chief of the Palm Bay Police Department in September 2013 after serving the citizens of Brevard County for 33 years. John started his law enforcement career as a reserve officer with the Florida Game Commission in 1979. Commander Blackledge continued his career by joining the Palm Bay PD as a police officer in September of 1980.
John currently serves as the Operations Commander for SPD. John is a certified trainer in Incident Command by F.E.M.A. from the Emergency Management Institute and has trained over 1,500 public safety personnel in ICS principles using hands-on exercises. John also continues to serve as an FDLE certified police academy legal instructor at Eastern Florida State College.
During his professional career, John was steadily promoted through the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant, major and deputy chief. John is regarded as a well-established, highly respected law enforcement officer and professional who is considered an expert in the legal field and is often sought to provide education and training to police officers and new recruits. In fact, he has been the lead legal instructor at the EFSC Public Safety Institute for over 25 years.
He has also taught advanced training programs in a multitude of different areas, including Crisis Intervention Team training, instructor training, supervision and management. He has served as a subject matter expert for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and is a key member in the development of the legal portions of the Florida Basic Recruit Academy curriculum, Crisis Intervention Program and instructor trainer curricula since 1992.
To his thousands of students, he has not only been an instructor, but also a mentor who has volunteered countless hours of his free time outside the classroom to conduct study groups to help thousands of law enforcement students to prepare for exams and to succeed in their future careers. He is a true law enforcement servant and leader.
John has demonstrated excellence time and time again in his ability to bring law enforcement and the public sector together to address community problems and enhance public safety. His ground-breaking work in public-private sector collaborations has established John as one of the most prominent and accomplished police leaders of this generation.
William Brown and the Harris Corporation
We are all very proud to call President and Chief Executive Officer William Brown and the entire Harris Corporation our friends and a true and valued Community Partner. The entire Brevard County Public Safety community has a long-standing partnership with Harris Corporation in the development of life saving technology. Time and again this partnership has proven extremely beneficial in safeguarding the citizens of Brevard County.
Harris Corporation continually provides support based on Public Safety needs and feedback. Harris Corporation supports our local economy by maintaining its headquarters in Brevard County and employing approximately 6,000 workers within the Space Coast and throughout Florida. During its 120 year history, Harris has transformed communications and information technology. From day one, they have focused on providing innovative, reliable solutions that connect, inform and protect the world.
Harris Corporation has donated $21 million to communities from 2011 through 2015 and continues to donate to this day. Harris contributes to nearly 50 different charitable organizations, ranging from meeting basic needs for safety, food and hygiene; providing support to those struggling with a serious illness and to those that enrich our communities with art, theater and music. The largest charity recipient is the United Way. Last year Harris and its employees donated $1.9 million.
In 2016, the Harris Corporation launched an initiative program called HEART (Harris Employees Actively Responding Together). Heart provides a single platform for the company’s wide-ranging community and volunteer efforts around the globe. Harris Corporation provides a grant to collaborate with the Space Foundation on a program that will further Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies in the Brevard Public School system.
Michelle DeVoss is a Community Volunteer with Titusville Fire and Emergency Services. Michelle provides administrative support in the following areas: Public Education, Logistics, Operations, and other departmental functions throughout the year. Michelle’s continued excellence in the finished product is impeccable and shows in each project she undertakes.
Michelle hosts quarterly dinners for our Titusville Firefighters consisting of three battalions. Additionally, Michelle prepares baked goods and delivers them to the crews throughout the month. She and her husband regularly check on the crews, and try to fill their needs, as they arise. She goes above and beyond also providing goods to the Police Department on a monthly basis. Her kind-heartedness is immeasurable. She volunteers assisting the downtown merchants with after-hours community street parties and providing various types of support. She has also coordinated the Titusville Holiday Boat Parade for the past three years.
Michelle is a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, (PEO). Their mission is to help women reach for the stars, by providing educational opportunities for women throughout the United States and Canada. They achieve this goal by hosting fundraisers throughout the year and putting all monies in scholarships, loans and grants. Michelle personally has hosted several fundraising projects for the organization.
Within the community, Michelle serves on the Bereavement Committee at her church providing food for the families, helping host Christmas dinners for all of the widows and widowers of the church each year. Michelle is an invaluable asset to the Titusville Fire Department and to the community.
Don Hughes, Melanie Drake and Eric Tippins
The Satellite Beach Fire Department launched their Community Paramedic Program in 2008. This innovative program is the first of its kind and was created as a part of the City’s “Communities for a Lifetime” initiative. It is focused on creating a broad spectrum of services designed to keep senior adults living independently in their own homes while providing them with excellent in-home healthcare to avoid the exorbitant costs of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
The Community Paramedic Program is designed not to replace the traditional home health care partners in the community, but to work with them, with the shared goal of improving the quality of life for those in need. It also serves to fill healthcare gaps, such as those first few crucial days when an individual is released from the hospital after an incident. The program’s team members work with home health care workers as integrated partners to provide the best possible services to their City residents.
The program consists of three members: Fire Chief Don Hughes, Paramedic Melanie Drake and Fire Fighter/Paramedic Eric Tippins. Melanie and Eric visit residents at their homes and perform health assessments along with home safety assessments. They provide coordinated assistance and weekly monitoring of the individuals to ensure medication and nutritional compliance, monitor vital signs of those in the program with chronic conditions and who do not qualify for home health services through their insurance.
An individual care plan is designed for each member of the program to help maintain good health and wellness. This includes keeping you accountable for taking medications, making doctor appointments, tracking vital signs, making sure you are getting good nutrition, making sure your social needs are met while reducing the risk of injury due to falls in the home. Findings are discussed and assistance is given to make the changes if needed to improve safety.
The City of Satellite Beach Fire Department is extremely proud to be the first community to incorporate this type of program to serve their elderly residents and to lead other communities in their quest to mirror its success in developing their own integrated health programs.
Anthony Jordan began his Career with the Florida Department of Corrections as a Correctional Probation Officer in 1993. In 1995 He was promoted to a Senior Officer position working with the Jail Drug Treatment Program and the Drug Court in Monroe County. In 1996 Anthony transferred to Jacksonville where he served at the Probation Restitution Center and the Non Secure Drug Treatment Program at the Salvation Army. He later transferred to a Community control position. In 2002 he was promoted to a Correctional Probation Specialist position, and in 2004 he and his family moved to Brevard County where he was placed in a Supervisory Position at the Cocoa probation office.
As a supervisor, Anthony began to formulate relationships with the various Law Enforcement Agencies in Brevard County by providing training to these agencies and working on Sex Offender Initiatives. In 2006 Supervisor Jordan was promoted to a Senior Supervisor position in the Titusville Probation Office. During this period he continued to develop relationships with local law enforcement.
In 2008 he was approached by the Current Sherriff Wayne Ivey about becoming involved with a new Task Force concept (G.A.M.E.O.V.E.R) “Gang and Major Epidemic of Violence Response.” As a result of that Task force, a Partnership was forged between the Florida DOC and the participating agencies. This partnership allowed for Law enforcement and DOC personnel to dedicate and focus resources and share information in order to connect, respond and resolve violent crime in Brevard County. The newly developed team participated in multi-jurisdictional initiatives such as the Central Florida Criminal Justice Coalition and other local initiatives within Brevard County.
As a result of the development of the task force and the Partnerships between the participating agencies, Anthony along with members of the Task force at the time, were the Co-Recipients of the 2010 IACP Davis Productivity Award. This partnership between Agencies has only strengthened over the years resulting in numerous planned compliance initiatives partnering Probation Officers with Law Enforcement Officers.
These efforts in public safety have created a strong front in the community showing the work that our Agencies do together in order to ensure the safety of the public and to ensure the offenders on community supervision are following their Court orders. This partnership between Agencies has expanded to other local Agencies who have benefitted from the Partnerships that began with the inception of the Game Over Task Force.
Supervisor Jordan works on a daily basis with our Law Enforcement partners including Titusville Police Department, Melbourne Police Department and other municipalities to assist in solving crimes and identifying suspects in new Crimes.
Robert Rose is constantly engaged in supporting Space Coast Public Safety organizations as a citizen, business leader and volunteer. Regardless if Robert volunteers to financially support an initiative, take an active role in a program, or serve as a board member for a not-for-profit organization, the words partnership and success are synonymous with his commitment to helping.
We can’t begin to tell you how many times Robert has called to partner on important community initiatives, but we can tell you with absolute conviction, how many times he has said couldn’t help, and that would be never. He is a man that not only commits to helping, but goes out in the community and recruits others to assist as well.
There is no doubt that Robert’s assistance, support and service has a direct and positive impact on public safety and contributes to the furtherance of safety awareness and community involvement. Robert’s extraordinary contributions and sacrifices are truly a testament to his passion to help those in need.
Dave Sargeant and the Cape Canaveral Volunteer Fire Department
For decades, the Cape Canaveral Volunteer Fire Department (CCVFD) and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office have worked together in a very unique partnership environment in both Port Canaveral and the City of Cape Canaveral. As providers of contractual services, both entities provide an extremely high level of customer service and are highly accountable to the citizens they serve as well as the City Council and Canaveral Port Authority Commission.
Over the last decade an excellent working relationship has been forged between the two agencies, spearheaded by Chief Dave Sargeant, Assistant Chief John Cunningham and Assistant Chief Tracy Braley. The leadership that these individuals demonstrate on a day to day basis is contagious to their personnel and further enhances the relationship between the agencies that are responsible for the safety of their communities.
The CCVFD actively engages in community related activities with the BCSO. As an example, the involvement with the community during the holiday season in Cape Canaveral can only be described as a miracle. The two agencies engage the community to raise money and collect gifts for well over 100 needy families. The CCVFD is supportive in many other community events and organizations such as National Night Out and PAL.
In October 2014, the Canaveral Port Authority transitioned to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for all law enforcement and security services. This collaborative cooperation was exemplified during the transition as the CCVFD staff assisted the members of BCSO ensuring a seamless transition into one of the busiest and most dynamic cruise ship port in the United States. The CCVD staff work alongside BCSO members to investigate security related matters.
The tireless efforts of CCVFD embody the true spirit of partnership. The CCVFD collaborate directly with representatives of governmental agencies, maritime labor and industry organizations, environmental groups, and other public interest groups. The CCVD responsibilities include recommending actions to improve the safety, security, mobility and environmental protection of Port Canaveral.
Although it’s a team effort, Chief Sargeant should be commended for his valued leadership and vision. Chief Sargeant understands the importance of engaging the community and leads by example. Chief Sargeant is a humble person, refusing to take credit for the relationships he has forged with the community and public service organizations; however, a vast majority of the accomplishments can be directly attributed to his efforts. The CCVFD and Chief Sergeant foster the professional excellence and innovative practices and strongly encourage a collaborative environment.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Space Coast Daily is very proud to sponsor and produce the first annual Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Induction, which will be held Saturday, September 24 at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne. With all the seemingly endless politically-charged negative rhetoric in the media aimed at our first responders, we felt it was time as a media entity to make a statement and give these men and women the respect and support they deserve. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this compelling event where all proceeds will benefit the Brevard County Public Safety Charity.
Seating for this celebration of these outstanding public servants is now available, so don’t delay in making your reservation. The festivities will include a meet-and-greet with our outstanding public servants, food and drink, and the induction proceeding – which will feature compelling video tributes.
All proceeds of this event will go to the Brevard County Public Safety Charity which benefits our law enforcement officers and firefighters in their time of need. These funds will help our public safety members when they face critical challenges such as medical emergencies, long term illness or even the tragedy of a line of duty death. This charity organization is designed to help protect those that protect us.
For additional information about the Brevard County Public Safety Charity, please contact Sue Parker at Sue.Parker@BCSO.us.
– Tom Palermo, Space Coast Daily President & Publisher
FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Induction, call 321-615-8111 or 321-323-4460.