Corporal/Pilot Chris Sands Retires After 29 Years Service With Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // May 10, 2017
hired on October 14, 1987
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – We wished a very happy retirement on Tuesday to longtime Brevard County Sheriff’s Office family member Corporal Chris “Opie” Sands.
Opie has enjoyed an incredible career with our agency and leaves behind a legacy of professionalism and valued public service.
Opie was hired on October 14, 1987, by former Sheriff Jake Miller and was assigned as a Public Service Aide in our South Precinct. During his 29 years with the agency, he was assigned to several different units and positions to include Deputy, Agent, Corporal, and Pilot in our Aviation Unit.
As an Agent, Opie was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit where he focused his efforts on narcotic criminal organizations.
During the majority of his career, Opie has been assigned to the Aviation Unit where he has proven himself to be an outstanding asset. As a Pilot and member of our Aviation Unit, Opie has received hundreds of letters of Commendation during his career for exceptional service as the pilot of one of our agency helicopters.
Opie is fondly known for his infectious smile, laugh and incredible skills as a pilot. Opie will be dearly missed by our agency however we are extremely proud that he will be continuing to serve the citizens of the state of Florida as he is taking on a new role in the private sector as a Trauma Helicopter Pilot.
Please join me in congratulating Opie for his incredible efforts and commitment to our agency and citizens and also in wishing him well in the next chapter of his life. We wish him the absolute best and hope he knows that his service and dedication to our agency and community have been greatly appreciated.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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