Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Spotlights Lt. Robbie Stokes and Cpl. Anthony Pena
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // August 10, 2019
Meet the incredible men and women of your Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As most of you know, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of many units and squads who perform very important functions around the clock to protect our citizens.
To better introduce you to our team, from time to time we post employee and unit spotlights so you can meet and get to know the incredible men and women of your Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
MEET LT. ROBBIE STOKES AND CPL. ANTHONY PENA
Current Assignment: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office School Security
Yesterday morning at approximately 9 a.m., School Resource Officer Anthony Pena and Lt. Robbie Stokes were returning to their assigned schools on Merritt Island when they observed a three-family apartment building on fire in the city of Cocoa.
Both deputies immediately stopped, notified the Cocoa Fire Department and made contact with the occupants as they were exiting the structure.
Once the deputies determined all of the occupants had exited the building and were safe, they began speaking with each occupant to ensure no one required medical attention. While speaking with them, one admitted to intentionally starting the fire.
Deputy Pena immediately detained the suspect who was turned over to members of the Cocoa Police Department as they arrived on the scene. As a result of the initial investigation, the suspect was later charged with Arson to an Occupied Building.
Twenty-two potential victims were in the building when the fire was set including 18 children who were attending a sleepover. The fire caused severe damage to the structure and all of the families were displaced due to the criminal activity.
Lt. Robbie Stokes began his career with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office 27 years ago and is also a 13 year veteran with the United States Army.
Lt. Stokes spent the last 25 years in Corrections at the Brevard County Jail. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree from Florida Tech.
Determined to always strive to make a difference he became involved in the Sheriff’s B.A.M Program (Brevard Attitude Modification) which is designed to take youth ages 10 and up into a jail-like setting to give them a realistic look in terms of where they could end up if they abuse drugs and alcohol.
Lt. Stokes is currently assigned to the Brevard Public School and Sheriff’s Office Alternative Learning Center’s S.T.A.R. (Success Through Awareness and Restoration) Program.
He was hand-selected for this unique program that partners to redirect and restore troubled youths lives by building character, courage and integrity in a very structured school setting.
Cpl. Anthony Pena has been with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for two and half years and assigned to our patrol division at Canaveral Precinct. He was recently promoted to the rank of Corporal and reassigned to our School Resource Deputy Program.
Cpl. Pena is proudly assigned to Merritt Island High School where he is dedicated to making a difference with students and assisting staff. Prior to his newest assignment, he volunteered at an elementary school helping with various events.
Without the prompt, diligent and compassionate efforts by Cpl. Pena and Lt. Stokes, the occupants may not have survived this critical crisis.
The Deputies never gave up trying to locate and check on each occupant and acted without hesitation to get them assistance.
As Sheriff, I am extremely proud of Robbie and Anthony for their incredible service to our community and dedication to keeping everyone safe.
Please join me in thanking Robbie and Anthony for their commitment and dedication to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and to protecting our citizens!!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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