Local Citizen Shares Her Amazing Story of How One Brevard Sheriff’s Deputy Helped in Time of Need
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // August 23, 2018
Deputy Caleb Pinkham goes above and beyond the call of duty
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– This past Sunday evening one of our Brevard County citizens shared on Facebook the amazing interaction and show of compassion she had encountered with one of our Brevard County Deputies.
As I read her post I couldn’t help but think about how many times I tell our citizens: “I am surrounded by an amazing team who do amazing things for our community each and every day.”
The below post that was shared on several different Facebook Pages truly captures the essence of that statement and clearly demonstrates why I am so proud of the 1,500 brave men and women of our agency.
POST FROM CITIZEN:
“This week has been hard for my family and I, just like everyone goes through tough times. This may not be directly Titusville, but close enough considering it has to do with the Titusville (Brevard County) Sheriff’s Department.
I was just at the Shell on Fay Boulevard to get the little gas so I could take my daughter to school and myself to work. I was sitting in my car, door open (to use the light from the gas pump) counting my change so I could get just enough to make it, with my husband’s payday being literally two days away.
A sheriff’s SUV pulled up to the pump on the other side of me, and the officer stepped out and started talking to me. He asked, “did u lose your change?”
I was counting it into a cup, I looked at him big old smile and said, “nope just counting some change to get enough gas to get to work and my daughter to school. Thank God I work around the corner.” He then asked me about where I work an what I did and we made small talk for a few minutes.
I went in an was counting the change and the officer was in line behind me. I offered him to go first but he declined, said he wasn’t in a hurry. I got about $4.59 in gas and went to pump. I saw the officer run around an jump in his car and leave, figuring he got a call.
I waved and finished pumping. Right then the lady from in the store came over the pump speaker and said “mam don’t leave hang the pump up an pick it back up so I can put the other twenty on there for you” I started telling her it was a mistake and she was confused.
She stopped me and said no, “there is no mistake pump your gas and have a great day.” I was shocked and started tearing up instantly. One of the other customers walking out told me it was the cop and he didn’t want me to say thank you to him, and that’s why he left in a hurry.
I sat there pumping away in tears. This gesture, right now, means more to me than anything.
I went back in and the lady told me she knows the amazing officer’s name but couldn’t tell me. She swore she will tell him thank you when he comes in again. Just in case though I wanted to show my appreciation.
You never know what someone has going on in their life and this week has honestly been one of the hardest I’ve dealt with in a long time. Something so simple as a smile can change someone’s whole day.
Thank you to this amazing officer through the Titusville Sheriff’s department. You have made my family’s week and I am forever grateful for you sir! #bluelifesmatter”
– Grateful Citizen
The author of the post also sent it to me directly in a personal message to which I replied telling her thank you for her incredible support and for letting me know about our Deputy’s actions. I also promised to do everything possible to identify the Deputy and personally thank him on her family’s behalf.
Pursuant to receiving the personal message I asked one of our Commanders to research the incident for me and attempt to identify the Deputy who had shown such great compassion for a member of our community. As such, our team was able to determine that the Deputy was Caleb Pinkham, a member of our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
While Caleb didn’t do the act of kindness for any type of recognition, with his permission I wanted to share with our community just how amazing a Deputy Sheriff and person Caleb truly is.
When I called Caleb to tell him how proud I am of him for his actions he simply said, “I am blessed and wanted to help her out.”
I personally believe that it is actions such as Caleb’s that are one of the many reasons why our citizens love us, trust us, and protect us just as much as we love, trust and protect them.
Please join me in thanking Caleb for his service to our community and his compassion for others.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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