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'YOUR COMMUNITY'S REAL LIFE SUPERHEROES'

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Sheriff Wayne Ivey and his Command Staff will host the annual Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Awards Ceremony at the Church of Viera Friday night.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Sheriff Wayne Ivey and his Command Staff will host the annual Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Awards Ceremony at the Church of Viera Friday night.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey issued this statement about the awards ceremony:

On behalf of the nearly 1,600 members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to personally thank the family members, friends and community leaders that have taken the time to join us tonight for our Annual Awards Ceremony.

Your attendance and continued support for the outstanding men and women of our law enforcement profession is greatly appreciated by all of those who serve this community.

Tonight is an opportunity to recognize the truly impressive actions of our agency members, volunteers and citizens who work each and every day to make Brevard County a safe place to live and raise our families.

While tonight’s recipients are being recognized for their outstanding achievements, they represent only a small percentage of the amazing work that the members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office collectively accomplish each year.

As Sheriff of Brevard County, I get to see firsthand the incredible accomplishments that our team members achieve, but tonight it is our privilege to share with you how each act of courage, valor and passion made a difference in someone’s life.

I hope you enjoy the event and remember, it takes a community to protect a community!! Tonight’s award recipients are nothing less than your community’s real-life Super Heroes!!!

Thank you again for being here tonight and for all of the tremendous support you continue to give our agency.

BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: Each year, hundreds of deputies, employees and volunteers come together with their families, along with leaders of the community, to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments throughout the year.

2019 Deputy of the Year: Paul Phillips

On the evening of June 4, 2019, Deputy Phillips responded to a residence in Indialantic, in reference to a neighborhood dispute. As he was gathering information on the scene, an irate neighbor began yelling and screaming from his property. Deputy Phillips told the complainant to go into his residence and he would speak with the upset neighbor.

As Deputy Phillips approached, the male continued to scream at him in a belligerent manner. While additional units were en route for backup, Deputy Phillips heard the distinct sound of a firearm being charged. The male then opened fire on Deputy Phillips, striking him in the right shoulder and both legs. During the exchange of gunfire, Deputy Phillips moved for cover and had no other choice than to utilize deadly force against the suspect.

Moments later, Sergeant Roberts arrived on scene and observed Deputy Phillips injured and positioned in a driveway. Sergeant Roberts learned from Deputy Phillips that he believed the suspect went back to his residence. Arriving deputies approached the residence and observed the male on the ground next to a rifle and unresponsive.

If it were not for the courageous actions of Deputy Phillips, the suspect may have severely injured or even killed the complainant in this incident. Deputy Phillips distinguished himself through his selfless act of bravery by placing himself in harm’s way to protect his community. Deputy Phillips is still recovering from his injuries, having undergone multiple surgeries.

Deputy Paul Phillips represents the highest ideals and finest example of the men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to receiving a Wound Bar for the injuries sustained in the line of duty, he is also being recognized for his heroism by receiving the agency’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor.

It is now our privilege and honor to recognize Deputy Paul Phillips, as the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year.

On the evening of June 4, 2019, Deputy Phillips responded to a residence in Indialantic, in reference to a neighborhood dispute. (BCSO image)

2019 Corrections Deputy of the Year: Gary Nichols

Corporal Gary Nichols was assigned as the Officer in Charge of 200 Pod, an extremely busy unit that regularly houses over 250 inmates. Although managing high operational demands, Corporal Nichols recognized a frantic call of an inmate pleading for help. The inmate stated his girlfriend whom he had been speaking with on the phone, was having a medical emergency.

The inmate further explained that during the course of the phone call, his girlfriend advised her right arm went numb during work. He also stated that her speech appeared to be faltering as if she was having difficulty breathing. He explained she was alone on the side of her work building when the phone disconnected and he was unable to reach her again.

Using available resources, Corporal Nichols located the contact number of the business where the inmate’s girlfriend was working. He then contacted the place of employment which was in Lakeland, Florida, and spoke with the owner.

Quickly briefing him on the events that had occurred, Corporal Nichols relayed that the woman may possibly be on the side of a building having a medical emergency. When the owner responded to the location, he found the woman unresponsive on the ground. Corporal Nichols then heard what appeared to be a distressed voice requesting help. He instructed the owner to contact 911 and have emergency services respond.

Corporal Nichols followed-up on the well-being of the woman and was told the ambulance was on scene and was going to transport her to a local hospital. It was learned the woman had suffered a catastrophic medical emergency which required immediate medical attention and hospitalization.

If it were not for the quick actions of Corporal Nichols, this incident could have ended in tragedy, instead of the women making a full recovery. It is with great pleasure we recognize Corporal Gary Nichols as the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy of the Year.

Corporal Gary Nichols was assigned as the Officer in Charge of 200 Pod, an extremely busy unit that regularly houses over 250 inmates. (BCSO image)

2019 Reserve Deputy of the Year: Joe Downs

Deputy Joe Downs came to the Reserve Unit after a very successful career in the private sector. Starting as a member of our Citizens on Patrol in 2012, Joe immediately took control over the Project Lifesaver program, which is designed to assist in the tracking and locating of persons with dysfunction disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Down’s syndrome or Autism. Under Joe’s direction, participation in the program has grown from 28 to 130 active participants.

Wanting to do more to assist the citizens of Brevard County, Joe transitioned to the Reserve Unit as a sworn Reserve Deputy Sheriff. As a member of the unit, Joe has consistently exceeded the requirements by working over 1,000 hours a year.

He willingly accepts any task is usually the first to volunteer or assist in any law enforcement activity that is asked of him. Joe also visits Holmes Regional Medical Center’s Pediatric Ward two days a week. He puts a smile on the children’s faces with a Mickey Mouse or Teddy Bear and a get well card from Sheriff Ivey.

He is an outstanding member of the Reserve Unit and an incredible asset to the Sheriff’s Office. It is with great pride we recognize Reserve Deputy Joe Downs as our Reserve Deputy of the Year.

Deputy Joe Downs came to the Reserve Unit after a very successful career in the private sector. (BCSO image)

2019 Communications Officer of the Year: Nicole Bernhard

While working a phone position, Communications Officer Bernhard answered a 9-1-1 call from a suicidal, 19-year-old teenager. For almost eight minutes, Communications Officer Bernhard kept the male on the phone while gathering vital information and building a rapport with him, distracting him from jumping off the eighth floor of a condominium building in Merritt Island.

The teenager told Communications Officer Bernhard that he had attempted suicide in the past and he continued to remark that he didn’t want to stay on the phone because, “If I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it.”

Communications Officer Bernhard remained calm and the caller ultimately hung up the line. Moments after doing so, responding Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputies advised, “the male is secured…pulled back over the rail.”

The male was actually in the process of attempting to jump off the balcony when he was quickly pulled to safety by the deputies. He also informed deputies that “his original plan was to jump as soon as he saw deputies, but that dispatch had kept him talking.”

Less than one month later, Communications Officer Nicole Bernhard answered a 911 call from a male who advised he was contemplating suicide and was armed with a weapon. Every time the male became more desperate in tone, Officer Bernhard was able to successfully calm him down.

This call continued for thirty minutes, which included the male having multiple mood swings. After the arrival of deputies, Officer Bernhard was instrumental in getting the male to meet with deputies, safely and without his weapon. The male was taken into custody without incident.

Nicole’s dedication and commitment to the citizens of Brevard County are clearly demonstrated in these emergency calls. Through her exemplary skills, Nicole prevented the loss of life by keeping the males engaged, disrupting their plans of suicide until deputies could arrive safely and diffuse the situation. It is a privilege to recognize Communications Officer Nicole Bernhard as the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Communications Officer of the Year.

While working a phone position, Communications Officer Bernhard answered a 9-1-1 call from a suicidal, 19-year-old teenager. (BCSO image)

2019 Employee of the Year: Property Control Agent Barbara Williams

Jail Complex Property Control Agent Williams was assisting a citizen in the reception area of the Jail, when she noticed an unidentified male enter the area acting in a suspicious manner. As she looked in the male’s direction, she noticed that he was carrying a handgun. Once fully inside the reception area, the male placed the gun on the floor.

Without hesitation, Property Control Agent Williams began to question the male about his actions as she slowly moved toward the firearm. While continuing to engage the subject, she slowly slid the firearm with her foot away from the male and out of his reach, eventually pushing the handgun behind a door that she secured.

Property Control Agent Williams immediately notified reception desk personnel of the incident, the presence of the firearm and where it was now located, so they could call for assistance. She then returned her attention to the citizen she had been assisting, while at the same time continually observing the male until supervision arrived.

Property Control Agent Williams is not a sworn law enforcement officer and is not trained to handle armed encounters. During this incident, she demonstrated complete control of her emotions and was able to help ensure the safety of the employees as well as the public.

Her actions also assured that the safety of the facility remained intact. Due to her quick response in this stressful and potentially life-threatening encounter, Property Control Agent Williams helped prevent what could have been a catastrophic event.

For her professionalism and dedication to duty, we are proud to announce Property Control Agent Barbara Williams as our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year.

Jail Complex Property Control Agent Barbara Williams was assisting a citizen in the reception area of the Jail, when she noticed an unidentified male enter the area acting in a suspicious manner. (BCSO image)

The Lucy Ross Award

This award signifies that the recipient has consistently demonstrated throughout their career the same qualities demonstrated by the late Sgt. Lucille (Lucy) Ross during her career. The criteria requirements are dedication to community service, excellence in profession, compassion and high level of caring especially concerning children, and being of service to crime victims and their families.

Corporal Kirk Geweniger

Corporal Kirk Gewiniger and his K9 were originally assigned to the District and School Security as the only single purpose narcotics detection team. Corporal Geweniger and his K9 work throughout the school year conducting presentations on the Sheriff’s Office K9 program, demonstrations for students and faculty and responding to calls for service within the schools. Corporal Gewiniger identified the need for Brevard Public Schools to embrace the Speakout Hotline Program, provided by Central Florida Crimeline.

This program allows students and faculty to anonymously report crime information, suicide prevention, and other behavior that negatively affects the environment of the schools or students. When the program launched in previous years, BPS processed less than 20 tips collectively.

Corporal Gewinger implemented a plan to host presentations with students and faculty in our Middle and High Schools. Through his efforts, the Office of District and School Security received approximately 700 tips during the 2018-19 school year.

Several tips resulted in administrative discipline, arrests and tips that saved lives from suicide awareness. Brevard Public Schools is now the model school district in Central Florida for the promotion and facilitation of the Speakout Hotline Program and leads Central Florida in student participation.

In addition to Speakout, Corporal Gewiniger has become very familiar with the trends related to vaping and the epidemic facing our youth. He has completed presentations for parents, worked with the Clerk of Courts to redesign new tobacco citations and taken the lead on educating School Resource Officers countywide.

Unfortunately, this school year saw the loss of his partner K9 Sonic due to injuries suffered from a traffic accident caused by an intoxicated driver. Although personally affected by this loss, Corporal Gewiniger recognized the need to continue the program and began training his new partner K9 Jake, who now walks the halls of our public schools alongside him.

Corporal Geweniger’s utilization of his K9 has had unprecedented results for our children in the lives saved through the team’s ability to connect with students. It is our distinct pleasure to recognize his accomplishments by presenting Corporal Geweniger with the Lucy Ross Award.

Corporal Kirk Gewiniger and his K9 were originally assigned to the District and School Security as the only single-purpose narcotics detection team. (BCSO image)

Volunteer of the Year

This award signifies that the civilian recipient has made a significant contribution to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office by volunteering for the Citizens Observer Program or other volunteer programs within our agency. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is proud to have 241 active volunteers.

Carol Patrick

Carol Patrick joined the Sheriff’s Office as a volunteer in 2018 after relocating to Brevard County. Carol previously served the citizens of California as a nurse in the public school system and it was a perfect fit for her to volunteer with our District and School Security Office team. Carol has volunteered well over 800 hours, improving our overall efficiency and effectiveness in the processing of fingerprints and background approvals for the thousands of volunteers, employees, and contractors for Brevard Public Schools.

During the months of August and September of every year, the District and School Security Office averages 150 people a day who need to be processed for fingerprints and background checks. With over 750 volunteers, employees and contractors needing to be processed each week during those three months, there is a significant demand on the limited fulltime staff in the office.

Carol has served generously by volunteering an average of 90 hours per month during that time frame to ensure the work is completed. She has received words of appreciation from members of the School Board and Superintendent, Mark Mullins.

Many members of the community have acknowledged Carol’s positive attitude and professional representation of the Sheriff’s Office and Brevard Public Schools. We are proud to recognize Carol Patrick for her dedication and exceptional performance by naming her our Volunteer of the Year.

Carol Patrick joined the Sheriff’s Office as a volunteer in 2018 after relocating to Brevard County. (BCSO image)

Citizen of the Year

This recipient is a member of the community selected for outstanding service and commitment to the citizens of Brevard County and for continued support of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Jerry Sinclair – Publix

In 2013 the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office created the motto “it takes a community to protect a community,” and in doing so invited our citizens to embrace the concept, that by working together we could make Brevard County not only the safest place in the country to call home but the best place in the country to live.

While everyone in our community realized the value of working together to protect our citizens, one particular individual decided that their way of helping protect our community was to help take care of those who protect us. With passion in their heart for helping others, this individual decided that he would make sure that our first responders and military heroes knew how much they were appreciated and loved.

So in trying to do his part to help protect our community, this individual a local Publix Store Manager reached out for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office during the recent hurricanes and arranged to feed our Patrol Deputies who were away from their families and patrolling the streets of our community to help keep everyone safe!! Not only did tonight’s honoree offer to help feed our team members, but he also facilitated having other local Publix stores provide food and supplies for our various precincts.

Now while that gesture alone would be enough to endear tonight’s award recipient to everyone’s heart, it’s not the end of his efforts to help protect our local heroes. A number of years ago this individual once again reached out to our agency and asked us to help find deserving veterans who were in need of meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas as there was a surplus of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals at his Publix location.

As such our team was able to work closely with Dorothy Walsh a local Veteran’s Advocate to facilitate having a significant amount of meals picked up from Publix and taken to transitional housing locations to feed our veterans and military heroes.

This incredible act of caring didn’t just happen once or twice, but instead has been taking place for a number of years and has led to hundreds of our homeless veterans having a special meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day as they are reminded that we are free today in our country because of their service!!

Not only did this incredible member of our community dedicate himself to taking care of those that take care of us, but he has also for years dedicated himself to taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves through his strong work with the United Way and other local charities throughout Brevard County.

So tonight it gives me great pleasure to announce to you that this year’s Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, “Citizen of the Year,” is Jerry Sinclair of the Publix Corporation!

Special Recognition Award

This employee consistently demonstrated a willingness to volunteer to serve his/her community with selfless devotion, putting others first, and has had a profound impact on the lives of others.

Director Noel Remillard

Director Noel Remillard has served the citizens of Brevard County for over 30 years as a member of the Sheriff’s Office and is a military veteran of the United States Navy. After beginning his career at the Jail Complex supervising inmate labor programs, he assumed command responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Work Farm in 2016.

Director Remillard’s innovative leadership style has saved the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars on projects throughout our community. Early in 2016, he worked with the County and took over the lawn mowing and landscaping at government facilities using inmate labor.

Today, his team mows over 200 acres a week at 31 different sites. His oversight of the only Florida volunteer Inmate Chain Gang, has assisted in the completion of community projects for cities and nonprofit agencies throughout the county.

Under his direction at the farm worksite, staff and inmate labor have grown and delivered over 20,000 pounds of produce to offset Jail Complex inmate costs, donated over 5,000 new and refurbished bicycles for children in our community, and assisted the County Road and Bridge Department with community improvement projects.

Additionally, Director Remillard has excelled in Hurricane preparedness with his team making over 300,000 sandbags for distribution to our community as well as collecting over 500,000 pounds of post-hurricane debris. We are proud to recognize Director Remillard’s dedication to the citizens of this county through this Award of Special Recognition.

Director Noel Remillard has served the citizens of Brevard County for over 30 years as a member of the Sheriff’s Office and is a military veteran of the United States Navy. (BCSO image)

Sheriff’s Courage Award

Agent Christopher Streiff

The Courage Award is presented to a person who has overcome a personal tragedy or debilitating injury or illness, shown strength in the face of adversity.

District School Security Team

We could not be more proud of the amazing men and women of our agency who are assigned to the School Security team. This incredible team works each and every day to keep our children, our teachers, our faculty, and our volunteers safe on Brevard’s school campuses. While their primary job is to prevent any type of critical incident from taking place, their dedication and commitment to the success of our schools and students is actually much deeper.

Each school year we see firsthand the impact our team members have on students of all ages that are being taught and developed by what I believe are the finest teachers in the country. From making sure they are safe at school to making sure they are safe at home, our team is engaged with the students as they create friendships and partnerships that will last a lifetime

Regardless if it is dealing with a potential security issue, mentoring and providing life skills, or having fun with the students on the basketball court, our Deputies are part of their lives and are there to keep them safe from harm. Our team is changing the lives of students on our school campuses while also making sure they know they will always have someone to turn to in a time of need.

Please join us in congratulating our School Security Team who not only provides District Security for the entire Brevard Public School District but School Resource Deputies for 34 school campuses.

We are very proud to say that our School Board and Dr. Mullins have made “school security” the priority as they work with us throughout the year to evaluate security needs and to implement policies, programs and provide the resources that make sure our children have the safest environment possible to learn and develop into our community’s and nation’s future leaders.

BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: We could not be more proud of the amazing men and women of our agency who are assigned to the School Security team. (BCSO image)

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARDS

This award signifies that the recipient displayed unusual thoroughness, determination, and/or initiative while carrying out his/her duties. This award is for service rendered in the line of duty where the employee, because of his/her diligence and perseverance, performs a difficult task in which a serious crime is prevented, significant property is protected, human life is protected, or causes the successful closure of a significant criminal case in which the criminal is apprehended.

Agent David Turbeville

Deputies from the West Precinct attempted to conduct a traffic stop on what appeared to be an impaired driver in the area of US 1 and Parkway Drive in Melbourne. The driver initially stopped before fleeing the scene and continuing to drive north. A tire deflation device was deployed, however, the subject continued to drive on four flat tires until a PIT maneuver was executed as the vehicle passed Viera Boulevard and came to a stop.

As deputies approached the vehicle to conduct a felony stop, the suspect quickly raised his hands into a “shooting” position as if he were holding a firearm, and began to violently point at the deputies. Fearing for his safety and the safety of the other deputies, Agent David Turbeville discharged his firearm, fatally wounding the subject.

Agent Turbeville is commended for taking decisive action in this difficult situation in order to protect the safety of himself and his fellow deputies from the threat of bodily harm by this subject.

Agent Justin Wood

Agent Justin Wood and Agent Megan Lane have worked closely with loss prevention personnel at several local gas retailers regarding the problem of fuel thefts stemming from the use of fraudulent credit cards. Criminals are using fuel bladder vehicles to target the larger gas retail chains to conceal their activity resulting in higher losses from these companies.

Agent Wood collected statistical data from fuel pump transactions as well as surveillance footage to create a list of suspected vehicles that contained hidden fuel bladders. He was able to detect patterns of fraudulent fuel purchases that these crimes were likely to be committed.

Agents Wood and Lane conducted surveillance to catch offenders using fuel bladder vehicles and arrested ten suspects for the unlawful conveyance of fuel. During these combined arrests, the agents have collected close to one thousand fraudulent re-coded credit cards. All of the arrests directly assisted the United States Secret Service with their on-going fraud investigation.

Agent Wood is to be commended for his diligence and thoroughness in this case. Agent Lane was also awarded a Commendable Service Award for her assistance in this investigation.

Agent Brad Cervi

Agent Brad Cervi as a member of the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad, began an investigation in to a drug trafficking organization that was distributing large amounts of heroin, cocaine, and prescription narcotics into Brevard County.

The investigation concluded with the Federal indictments of four individuals as well as the seizure of narcotics, U.S. currency, and the residence that was the main distribution point of the organization. This residence was also the site of three heroin overdoses. In May 2019, all defendants were sentenced in Federal Court receiving sentences from four to fifteen years in Federal Prison and the residence seized was also forfeited as part of the sentence.

Agent Cervi demonstrated diligence and thoroughness in dismantling this dangerous drug trafficking organization.

Deputy Neil Lee and Agent Josh Ellison

Deputy Neil Lee and Josh Ellison responded to two occupied residential burglaries that had just occurred in the area of unincorporated Cocoa. The deputies learned that the suspect had fled on foot from the residences and the suspect was not located. Deputies Lee and Ellison processed the scene and located a garbage can that contained stolen and personal items belonging to the suspect.

The deputies began canvassing the area and through their investigation, were able to identify a possible suspect by name. While conducting surveillance, they were advised that a suspicious female was walking in the area. Agent Ellison was able to locate the female suspect, who confessed to the deputies during the interview; admitting to her involvement in the two burglaries.

Deputies Lee and Ellison displayed thoroughness and determination in following through with the investigation, using their knowledge of the area they were able to identify a possible suspect and obtained a confession.

Lieutenant Robert Cline, Sergeant Kevin Roberts, Sergeant Todd Beuer, FTO William Carrion, FTO Carlos Figueroa and Deputy Paul Phillips

On the night of June 4, 2019, Deputy Paul Phillips responded to Avenida Del Vista in unincorporated Indialantic in reference to a neighborhood dispute. As Deputy Phillips was investigating the incident, he was shot multiple times by the armed assailant. Deputy Phillips was able to successfully returned fire as he moved for cover.

Moments later, Sergeant Roberts arrived on scene and finding Deputy Phillips injured, began dragging him behind a vehicle to provide cover from the suspect. FTO Carrion arrived and immediately began to provide cover and security for Sergeant Roberts who was attending to Deputy Phillips. Upon the arrival of Lieutenant Cline, FTO Figueroa, immediately approached the assailant’s residence where they observed an unresponsive male on the ground next to a rifle.

While FTO Figueroa provided security, CPR was initiated on the male, continuing until it became obvious the male was deceased. Lieutenant Cline took control of the scene, directing efforts to secure the crime scene, direct advanced life support services to the downed deputy and coordinate the efforts of the numerous agencies that had responded to assist.

Sergeant Beuer arrived on scene and established a command post, providing assistance in assigning personnel to perimeter locations and staffing calls for service. He then took control over the South Precinct in staffing calls for service which provided relief for the units at the scene of the incident.

This call for service was a high-risk incident that is not regularly encountered by law enforcement. All the responding deputies worked seamlessly in this very dynamic and highly stressful situation to not only protect the life of their fellow deputy but the lives of citizens as well.

Their quick response and decisive actions were responsible for this incident being contained and assisted in saving the life of Deputy Phillips. For injuries sustained by Deputy Paul Phillips in this incident, he is also receiving a Wound Bar.

Agent Philipp Urbanetz

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded to the Hubert Humphrey Bridge in Cocoa regarding a possible drowning. Sergeant Al Tolley learned that workers at the bridge had observed a male attempting to climb out of the water onto one of the pilings and fell off, not surfacing again.

Due to the time-lapse, and knowing that every minute counted in this search and rescue event, Agent Urbanetz entered the water without a safety rope. Even with choppy seas and almost zero visibility, Agent Urbanetz located the male and emerged at the surface in less than a minute. The male was lifted onto the barge and Agent Urbanetz advised the rescue team to take the victim to shore, leaving himself in the water. CPR was immediately started and the male was taken to shore where paramedics immediately transported him to the hospital.

Agent Urbanetz took it upon himself not to use a safety rope in order to try and save a drowning victim, who unfortunately, was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Agent Urbanetz’ primary concern was expediting the discovery of the victim and getting him medical care as soon as possible. Agent Urbanetz is to be recognized for his determination and perseverance.

Field Training Officer Bridgette Johnson and Deputy Matthew Rush

FTO Bridgette Johnson and Deputy Matthew Rush responded to an apartment in Merritt Island in reference to a violent dog that was attacking a person. As they reached the apartment, Deputy Rush opened the door and observed a brown mixed-breed dog charging toward his position.

As he raised his rifle to fire, it malfunctioned. As Deputy Rush transitioned to his handgun, the dog turned back toward the elderly victim, who was screaming for help. Unable to fire on the dog due to the proximity of the victim, Deputy Rush deployed his Taser, causing the dog to disengage and run to another room. Deputy Rush followed and fired several rounds as the dog charged him once again.

Although wounded, the dog continued past Deputy Rush, running downstairs into the garage. As Deputy Rush went to aid the victim, FTO Johnson entered the garage and was also charged by the dog. FTO Johnson fired her handgun one time, striking the dog, which retreated into a corner. Deputy Rush joined FTO Johnson in the garage, where they were able to stop the threat.

The victim of the attack was transported to the hospital where he received treatment for a broken arm and multiple severe lacerations to his forearms. Were it not for the intervention of FTO Johnson and Deputy Rush, this animal would have very likely killed the victim.

Deputy Lee Roth

Deputy Roth was traveling eastbound on the Hubert Humphrey Bridge when he observed a male sitting close to the apex of the bridge with his feet dangling over the edge. Fearing that the male might be in the process of jumping, he returned to the area after making a U-turn at the base of the bridge.

When the male could not be located, Deputy Roth relayed the information and asked for assistance in searching the area for the male. A search was conducted both on land and by boat, which was hampered by low light conditions of the early morning.

During this time, a witness was located who was able to provide a name and stated the male had made statements of injuring himself. The search continued for approximately three hours, at which time the male was observed dragging himself out of the water, before collapsing onto the shoreline exhausted. Paramedics transported the male to the hospital where he made a full recovery.

Deputy Roth is to be commended for trusting his instincts and coordinating the response of units to facilitate the rescue of this male.

Agent Timothy Liston and Agent Taylor Barrett

Agent Timothy Liston and Agent Taylor Barrett initiated an investigation into a career criminal who was identified as a major source of illicit drug trafficking in the City of Cape Canaveral. During the investigation, Agent Barrett gained an informant who was able to introduce Agent Liston into the organization enabling him to begin purchasing large amounts of narcotics from the target of the investigation.

Over the next several months, the investigation identified numerous members of the organization and locations where illegal narcotics were being stored and distributed. The investigation culminated in October of 2019, with over 35 felony arrests and the seizure of large amounts of heroin and cocaine.

The determination and investigative efforts of Agent Liston and Agent Barrett led to the removal of this dangerous drug trafficking organization from the streets of Brevard County. They are to be commended for this outstanding and thorough investigation.

Agent Thomas Vincelette and Agent Mitch Matthias

Agent Thomas Vincelette and Agent Mitch Matthias began the investigation of an organization that was distributing large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin within Brevard County. Controlled purchases of narcotics and surveillance of identified members of the organization were used to identify the main source of the drugs.

Over several months, these agents were able to identify the sources of supply, as well as locations where the illegal narcotics were being stored and distributed. In December of 2019, the investigation culminated with the arrest of nine members of the organization and the seizure of methamphetamine and heroin, along with $8,000 in cash.

Agent Vincelette and Agent Matthias are to be commended for their excellent work in dismantling this organization that was distributing dangerous drugs within Brevard County.

LIFE-SAVING AWARDS

This award is to recognize those employees, who under true emergency circumstances, act to prevent probable loss of life either by exercising appropriate first aid procedures or by direct intervention. It is awarded to an employee for competent and expedient action that is directly accountable for sustaining or saving a human life. Subsequent death of a victim after release to medical personnel will not preclude nomination.

Corporal Jose Santos and Deputy William Carrion

Corporal Jose Santos and Deputy William Carrion responded to a motel in Cocoa regarding a male subject who had called 911 threatening to commit suicide with a handgun. Upon arrival, the deputies approached the room with a shield and after not receiving an answer at the door, used a master key to enter the room.

Once inside, they discovered the male subject unconscious and laying on the bed. The male was moved to the floor where his condition deteriorated and he became unresponsive. The deputies began CPR and after a short time a slight pulse returned and the male began to breathe. The male was transported by paramedics to the hospital where he made a full recovery. If not for the actions taken by Corporal Santos and Deputy Carrion this man surely would not have survived.

Deputy John Hanigan

Deputy Hanigan responded to a residence in West Melbourne for a suspected drug overdose and found an unresponsive male laying on the kitchen floor. Deputy Hanigan administered a dose of Narcan, which had no effect. Recognizing this, he immediately began CPR and continued until emergency medical personnel arrived. Deputy Hanigan is commended for his recognition that the administration of Narcan had no effect and CPR was necessary in order to sustain the male’s life. Deputy Hanigan’s efforts were vital in saving this man’s life.

During the month of October 2019, Deputy Hanigan responded to a motel in West Melbourne where a female was unresponsive in one of the rooms. Fearing a drug overdose, Deputy Hanigan administered a dose of NARCAN without success in reviving the female.

Deputy Hanigan deployed his AED, which advised to begin CPR. Deputy Hanigan administered CPR until the arrival of fire rescue. Fire Rescue personnel were able to revive the victim, who was transported to the hospital and made a full recovery. Deputy Hanigan was able to quickly assess the victim and sustain life until the arrival of medical personnel.

Communications Officer Nichole Bernhard, Deputy Elliot Edwards, Agent Christopher Streiff, and Deputy Robert Ladwig

Officer Bernhard received a 911 call from a suicidal teenager. For almost eight minutes, Officer Bernhard kept the male on the phone, gathering vital information. While she continued her conversation with the teenager, Deputies Edwards, Streiff and Ladwig arrived at the building and observed the male sitting on a high back chair talking on the phone.

The deputies took the elevator up to the floor and as the elevator opened the male immediately stood on the chair and began to throw his leg over the railing. The deputies quickly ran towards the male and were able to pull him back over the rail to safety.

Officer Bernhard’s direct intervention and perseverance in keeping the male along with the selfless and immediate actions of deputies Ellison, Streiff and Ladwig prevented the male from successfully following through with the threat to end his life.

Deputy Tyler Burgess and Deputy Taylor Lakeman

Deputy Tyler Burgess and Deputy Taylor Lakeman responded to the Wal-Mart in Merritt Island in reference to a child who was not breathing. Upon arriving, they were directed to the rear of the store where they found a frantic mother with an unresponsive child.

Deputy Lakeman began CPR while Deputy Burgess deployed his AED. Deputy Burgess noticed that the child had a mouthful of vomit that he attempted to clear with a finger sweep. Both deputies continued with CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene. The child was transported to the hospital where he made a full recovery. Hospital personnel advised that without the immediate actions taken by these deputies the three-year-old child would not have survived.

Deputy Tiffany Pendleton and Deputy Clayton Harrison

Deputy Tiffany Pendleton and Deputy Clayton Harrison responded to a residence in Melbourne in reference an injured person. Upon arriving on scene the deputies found a male who was unresponsive and without a pulse. Deputy Harrison began CPR while Deputy Pendleton deployed her AED.

Two shocks were given with the AED after which CPR was continued for several minutes until the arrival of medical personnel. It was determined that the male had suffered a massive heart attack and the actions taken by Deputies Pendleton and Harrison were responsible for him making a full recovery.

Deputy Neil Lee

Deputy Lee responded to an injured/ill person call at a residence in Cocoa and learned the complainant’s brother-in-law was unresponsive in the back yard. As he reached the male, Deputy Lee found him not breathing and with no pulse. Deputy Lee applied his issued AED and also begin chest compressions.

He continued CPR until the AED delivered a shock. Afterward, Deputy Lee continued chest compressions until fire rescue arrived on the scene and transported the male to the hospital. It was later determined the male had a heart attack but was able to make a full recovery. The immediate life-saving measures taken by Deputy Lee were critical in the male surviving this medical event.

Deputy Marc DeLaughter

Deputy Marc DeLaughter was off duty at his residence, when a neighbor came to his door frantically asking for help. The neighbor had her ten-year-old nephew with her, who appeared to be choking. Upon observing the boy, Deputy DeLaughter saw that he was unable to breathe or speak and immediately positioned himself behind the child to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

The maneuver caused a large piece of food to be ejected from the child’s mouth and he began to breathe. Deputy DeLaughter called for Fire Rescue to respond to further evaluate the child. Deputy DeLaughter’s quick actions in this case resulted in saving the life of this young boy.

Corporal Jeffry Bellinger and Deputy Tyler Harrell

Corporal Jeffry Bellinger and Deputy Tyler Harrell responded to an elderly male who was reportedly “bleeding to death,” from a port in his arm used for his dialysis treatments. Upon arriving at the residence, Corporal Bellinger and Deputy Harrell found the male laying on the ground next to several blood-soaked towels.

Corporal Bellinger immediately applied pressure to stop the bleeding, while Deputy Harrell applied pressure dressing to help prevent any additional blood loss. They continued to calm the man’s fears until fire rescue arrived and transported the male to the hospital where he made a full recovery.

Corporal Corey Bertini

Corporal Corey Bertini responded to a call involving an unresponsive male. Upon his arrival, he found an elderly male who was also without a pulse and not breathing. Corporal Bertini immediately began to administer CPR and after several minutes, was able to regain a pulse.

Brevard County Fire Rescue arrived on scene and transported the male to the hospital where he was stabilized, making a full recovery. Medical personnel advised that without the immediate intervention by Corporal Bertini, the male most likely would have not survived this medical event.

Deputy Kent Guttebo

Deputy Kent Guttebo responded to a report of an injured male. The caller advised that her husband had collapsed and was unresponsive. Upon arrival, Deputy Guttebo found the victim laying on the kitchen floor. While family members continued CPR, Deputy Guttebo attached his AED and administered a shock to the victim.

Deputy Guttebo then continued CPR, delivering chest compressions until the arrival of fire rescue. The subject was transported to the hospital where he was treated by medical personnel for a massive heart attack and later made a full recovery.

Deputy William Gleason

Deputy William Gleason responded to the report of an unresponsive male on a bike path located in Titusville. Deputy Gleason arrived to find an unresponsive male who was not breathing and turning purple. Deputy Gleason delivered a shock with his AED and then began CPR, which he continued until the arrival of paramedics. After the victim was transported to the hospital,

Deputy Gleason assisted the victim’s wife by arranging for the couple‘s bicycles to be transported for safekeeping, while he provided her with a ride to the hospital. After his recovery, the victim expressed his deepest gratitude for not only Deputy Gleason’s lifesaving efforts, but for the compassion he showed to his family as well. Deputy Gleason’s actions resulted in saving the victim’s life.

Field Training Officer Brenden Butler

FTO Brenden Butler responded to a construction area in Port Canaveral regarding an ill worker and upon his arrival, was advised that one of the workers became unresponsive while working in a pit that had been dug for a building’s foundation.

FTO Butler ran to the area, located the male and immediately began CPR. He continued CPR while awaiting the arrival of paramedics, which due to the terrain, took several minutes. The male was ultimately transported to the hospital, where he made a full recovery from his heart attack. FTO Butler’s quick action and lifesaving aid, resulted in the saving of this man’s life.

Field Training Officer Laurie Ryba and Deputy Dawneika Brown

FTO Laurie Ryba and Deputy Dawneika Brown responded to a report of a female who was not breathing and unresponsive. According to the reporting person, it was possible that the female had overdosed on opiates.

Upon arrival, Deputy Brown took over CPR from the reportee and FTO Ryba administered a dosage of Narcan. A second dose of Narcan was administered and as FTO Ryba replaced Deputy Brown continuing CPR, Deputy Brown retrieved her AED, which advised to continue compressions.

CPR was continued until the arrival of paramedics who transported the female to the hospital. Suffering complications from the possible overdose, the female was admitted to the hospital. According to medical personnel, the actions of FTO Ryba and Deputy Brown were instrumental in this victim having a chance for recovery.

Deputy Justin Winstead and Deputy Jacob Campbell

Deputies Justin Winstead and Jacob Campbell responded to a report of an injured person. Upon arrival, they observed a female providing chest compression for her husband, who was laying on the floor of the residence. Deputy Winstead assumed chest compressions as Deputy Campbell delivered one shock with the AED.

CPR was resumed and continued until the arrival of paramedics. The male was transported to the hospital, where it was learned that due to the use of the AED, the male’s heart regained rhythm and he was expected to make a full recovery. Without the training and experience of Deputies Winstead and Campbell, the victim may not have survived his heart attack.

Deputy Casey Bratsch and Deputy Susanne Ravn

Deputy Casey Bratsch and Deputy Susanne Ravn responded to a traffic crash in Cape Canaveral, where the driver had suffered an apparent heart attack. Upon their arrival, the deputies found the driver slumped over the wheel and unresponsive. The driver was removed from the vehicle and immediate medical aid was given. CPR was started by Deputy Ravn while Deputy Bratsch readied his AED.

Several rounds of chest compressions and subsequent shocks from the AED were provided to the victim until the arrival of paramedics. The victim was transported to a local hospital where, unfortunately, he later died due to an unrelated medical issue. Were it not for the efforts of Deputies Bratsch and Ravn, the victim would have died at the scene; not allowing family and friends to spend precious time with him before passing away.

Deputy Dale Craig

Deputy Dale Craig responded to an address in Palm Bay to serve a temporary injunction for protection. After serving the injunction, Deputy Craig noticed that the male seemed to be in medical distress. A short time later, the male fell to the ground and became unresponsive.

Deputy Craig called for assistance and retrieved his AED. After analysis, the AED advised that CPR was necessary. Deputy Craig began CPR, performing several rounds at which time the male began breathing and started to respond. Paramedics arrived and transported the male to the hospital for further medical evaluation where he made a full recovery. Deputy Craig’s actions directly resulted in saving this man’s life.

Sergeant Jay Church and Deputy Laurie Ryba

Sergeant Jay Church and Deputy Laurie Ryba responded to a medical call for assistance with an unconscious and unresponsive male. Sgt. Church arrived first and deployed his AED, beginning chest compressions until a shock was advised.

Deputy Ryba arrived shortly after and assisted Sergeant Church with CPR and lifesaving efforts until the arrival of fire rescue personnel. The male was transported to the hospital where he regained his pulse and made a full recovery.

Medical personnel advised that if not for the quick response and lifesaving efforts of the deputies, the male would likely not have survived this medical event.

Deputy Joshua Codding, Deputy Kyle Fitzgerald and Deputy Neill Brooks

Deputies Codding, Fitzgerald and Brooks responded to the Health Sports Fitness Center in Merritt Island in reference to an unresponsive male. Upon making contact with the male, Deputy Codding immediately deployed the AED. Deputy Fitzgerald began chest compressions until the AED advised it was going to administer a shock.

After two shocks were given, Deputy Brooks took over performing the chest compressions until the arrival of fire rescue personnel. The male was transported to the hospital where he made a full recovery. Were it not for the ability of these deputies to work together in providing efficient and effective emergency first aid, this male would have died at the scene.

Deputy Jose Santos

In June 2019, Deputy Santos responded to the most traumatic event a law enforcement officer experiences, the shooting of a fellow deputy. Deputy Paul Phillips was shot multiple times while investigating a disturbance call in unincorporated Indialantic. After responding to the scene, Deputy Santos immediately went to Deputy Phillips and began assessing his injuries.

With the assistance of officers from the Melbourne Police Department, Deputy Santos applied tourniquets to Deputy Phillips’ wounds to help slow the bleeding. Deputy Santos stayed with Deputy Phillips, providing cover, until the scene was secured and paramedics could arrive.

Deputy Phillips was transported to the hospital where he recovered from the incident. The immediate emergency medical care provided by Deputy Santos during this emotionally trying event was instrumental in saving the life of a fellow deputy.

2019 Communications Officers of the Month

The recipients were selected from the 38 Communications Officers who handle all emergency radio dispatch for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

January: Communications Officer Jessica Simmons

Communications Officer Jessica Simmons received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a driver that appeared to be under the influence. The caller advised that the vehicle was driving into oncoming traffic causing other vehicles to leave the roadway in order to avert an accident.

Officer Simmons calmed the caller and was able to gain information as to the location of the vehicle as it traveled. Using this information, deputies were able to locate and arrest the driver who was charged with Reckless Driving and Driving under the Influence with a previous conviction. Her ability to gain rapport and calm the caller assisted in bringing this very dangerous incident to a successful conclusion.

February: Communication Officer Nicole Bernhard

Communications Officer Bernhard received a 911 call from a teenager who advised he was going to end his life. Keeping the male on the phone, she developed a rapport with the caller in an attempt to keep him on the phone and distract him from jumping off the eighth floor of a building in Merritt Island.

Deputies arrived on scene and were able to pull him back over the rail to safety. Communications Officer Bernhard’s direct intervention was able to assist in the prevention of a tragic loss of life. For her professionalism and exceptional handling of this call, she is receiving a Life-Saving Award.

March: Communications Officer Nicole Bernhard

Communications Officer Nicole Bernhard answered a 911 call from a male who was in a crisis situation, contemplating suicide and armed with a weapon. Officer Bernhard established a rapport with him and obtained information that was crucial to providing safety for the responding deputies.

After the arrival of deputies, Officer Bernhard was instrumental in getting the male to meet with them without his weapon. The male was taken into custody unharmed, safely ending a potentially deadly situation. For her professionalism during this incident, she is receiving a Bar of Merit.

April: Communications Officer Stephanie Palumbo

Communications Officer Stephanie Palumbo was working East radio when an anonymous tip was received advising the possible location of a wanted person. As deputies arrived, Officer Palumbo continued monitoring the call when she heard, “shots fired.” Officer Palumbo immediately initiated emergency traffic, notified supervision of the incident and acknowledged the response of additional deputies to the location.

It was learned that as the responding deputy entered the backyard of the residence, the suspect opened the door, releasing his dog which attempted to attack the deputy. The deputy was forced to take action against the dog and the wanted suspect used this as a distraction to flee from the residence.

Officer Palumbo also researched the suspect to assist in his apprehension by identifying potential addresses. For her professionalism during this very stressful incident, she is also receiving a Commendable Service Bar.

May: Assistant Communication Manager Cheryl Pelletier

During a meeting of the Marine Task Force, the incompatibility of the radio systems between the Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Wildlife Commission was discussed. Assistant Communication Manager Cheryl Pelletier was in attendance and took the initiative to find a solution to this problem.

By the end of the day, Manager Pelletier had met with a Captain from FWC as well as the agency’s radio dispatch center. Working together, these entities were able to develop a solution that allowed both agencies to communicate. Since this procedure has been established, this solution has been used successfully to the benefit of both agencies.

For spearheading this project and finding a solution to an issue that had been ongoing for many years, Manager Pelletier is also being recognized with a Commendable Service Bar.

June: Communications Officer Stephanie Palumbo

While working dispatch on East radio, Communications Officer Stephanie Palumbo received a call regarding a disturbance at the Merritt Island Walmart. As units were responding, the call quickly took a deadly turn as multiple callers advised that a shooting had taken place and there was an active shooter now inside the store.

Calls began to flood in with conflicting information that had to be provided to the responding units who were setting up a perimeter and preparing to enter the building to evacuate patrons and search for the shooter. As the incident continued, it was determined that the shooter was an employee and there was a single victim.

The shooter was quickly taken into custody and the scene secured. Officer Palumbo handled this chaotic incident in a very professional manner, gathering information form callers that enabled her to provide immediate updates to the responding units. For her actions in this incident, Officer Palumbo is also being recognized with a Commendable Service Bar.

July: Assistant Shift Supervisor Michael Tarr and Communication Officer Abigail Sanders

Assistant Shift Supervisor Michael Tarr and Communication Officer Abigail Sanders worked seamlessly to gather and provide information to patrol deputies that led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

Officer Sanders received a call that a vehicle had just been stolen, and was able to calm the caller and gather all pertinent information, which she quickly relayed to dispatch for broadcast.

Assistant Supervisor Tarr used this information to assist patrol units to quickly locate the vehicle. As a result of their teamwork and efficiency, deputies were able to recover the stolen vehicle and arrest the suspect.

August: Communications Officer Eric Williams

Communications Officer Eric Williams had only been in the position for a short time when he was tasked with monitoring an armed barricaded subject call. The incident was occurring in the city of Cape Canaveral and communications moved from primary dispatch to an operations channel.

Officer Williams continued monitoring the activity on the operations channel while also maintaining the primary dispatch position. His performance was commendable and assisted in ensuring the safety of all involved. Officer Williams is also being recognized with a Commendable Service Bar.

September: Communications Officer Tadisha Samuel

While working the South Dispatch channel, Officer Tadisha Samuel was made aware of a request from Melbourne officers to communicate with West Melbourne in reference to a series of business burglaries that had just occurred. As the event unfolded, patrol units from Melbourne, West Melbourne and the Sheriff’s Office participated in the search and ultimate apprehension of these suspects.

Officer Samuel patched together multiple radio channels which provided a method of communication for the units who were involved in the pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle. For her professionalism and efficiency in assisting in this arrest, she is also being awarded a Commendable Service Award.

October: Communications Officer Holly Jones

Officer Holly Jones monitored a call for service that involved a male subject damaging vehicles with a sledgehammer. This subject was also known to carry a firearm and deputies from multiple precincts responded as the subject barricaded himself in a building.

Officer Jones assisted in the coordination of the responding deputies, who formed a perimeter around the area, by updating their location and accurately recording the radio traffic in the CAD system. The subject was ultimately taken into custody.

November: Communications Officer Eric Williams

Communications Officer Eric Williams distinguished himself during the handling of multiple high priority incidents involving at least four different agencies. With multiple accidents reported on I-95, information was received regarding a crash with injuries.

Officer Williams verified this was a separate incident and dispatched units to the scene. Within minutes, an overdose in progress was reported for which he had to assist the deputy with directions since his mobile CAD was down.

While providing this assistance, two additional separate accidents were reported that had to be verified and referred to outside agencies. In recognition of his excellent performance during this period of high priority calls, he is also receiving a Commendable Service Bar.

December: Communications Officer Micaela Cunningham and Communications Officer Eric Williams

Multiple calls were received regarding shots fired call in the Melbourne area. As Officer Eric Williams answered the phone, he realized he was talking with the suspect of the incident. Officer Williams maintained contact with him and upon the arrival of units on the scene, ensured that the suspect had secured the weapon for his and the arriving officers safety.

As Officer Williams was talking to the suspect, Officer Cunningham informed the Melbourne Police that the incident had occurred in their jurisdiction and patched our agency with theirs via countywide. Her assistance was invaluable by allowing for a systematic and coordinated response of all units.

The teamwork displayed by both Communications Officers allowed the incident to be contained within minutes and the suspect apprehended. Both officers are also receiving a Commendable Service Bar for their efforts.

2019 Employees of the Month

The recipients were selected from the 462 civilians who serve in numerous capacities throughout the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

JANUARY: Human Resources Administrative Coordinator Sharon Sadutto and Human Resources Officer Vanessa Guzman-Santiago

Employees are our most valuable asset and many times the first person a prospective candidate communicates with is Administrative Coordinator Sharon Sadutto or Human Resources Officer Vanessa Guzman-Santiago. The hiring process is very labor-intensive with approximately 2,350 applications being made to the Sheriff’s Office every year. Sharon and Vanessa review every application and respond to each candidate.

In 2019 they conducted over 700 interviews that led to the hiring of 176 new employees. Sharon and Vanessa work with hiring managers to determine the desired skills for each position to identify the most qualified candidate. It is through their passion and effort that the Sheriff’s Office maintains the high standards of professionalism with every newly hired employee. For their dedication and thoroughness, they are also being awarded a Commendable Service Bar.

FEBRUARY: Maritime Security Officer James Christoffel

During his service as a Public Service Aide, Officer Christoffel distinguished himself on two occasions by gaining evidence during his investigation of vehicle burglaries that led to arrests. In the first incident, Officer Christoffel obtained a palm print from the door pillar of the victim’s vehicle that enabled agents to identify and arrest the perpetrator.

During the investigation of a separate vehicle burglary, Officer Christoffel was able to locate where the victim’s credit cards had been used. Officer Christoffel was then able to obtain both video surveillance and screenshots that clearly showed the suspect.

Using this evidence, agents were able to gain a confession from the suspect and obtain a warrant for his arrest. In recognition of his attention to detail and outstanding work in these cases, Officer Christoffel is also receiving a Commendable Service Bar.

MARCH: Investigative Support Specialist Laurie Wilson

Investigative Support Specialist Laurie Wilson provides all the administrative assistance to the agents that make up the General Crimes Unit at East Precinct. During 2019, Laurie has not only provided this support with excellence, but has filled in when needed as a Patrol Specialist, Assistant for the Commander and even Desk Officer, while still maintaining her responsibility with the General Crimes Unit.

Laurie also goes out of her way to volunteer in the many charitable events that are hosted by the Sheriff’s Office to include: Dancing with the Space Coast, Speedy Dewitt, the Haunted Jail Trail and our agency awards ceremony. Laurie truly cares about the community and this agency, never asking for recognition. For her dedication to this agency she is also being recognized with a Commendable Service Bar.

APRIL: Public Service Aide Austin Walsh

Public Service Aide Austin Walsh responded to a residential burglary in Indialantic and during processing, recovered two latent prints from the broken window at the point of entry. While on the scene, PSA Walsh was approached by a neighbor who provided information that Walsh noted in his report. Using this information, Agent Truitt located property that was pawned by this same individual that was identified as being stolen from the victim’s residence.

The neighbor denied involvement in the burglary; however, they had no explanation for the pawn activity. A short time later, the fingerprints obtained at the point of entry were positively identified as belonging to the neighbor who was subsequently charged with the burglary. PSA Walsh’s actions far exceeded the requirements of a Public Service Aide and for his perseverance and initiative, he is also awarded a Commendable Service Bar.

MAY: Licensed Mental Health Specialist Vanessa West

In her role as a Licensed Mental Health Specialist, Vanessa was given the assignment over the Mental Health/Group dorm at the jail. Vanessa has established many group programs to assist in their rehabilitation such as non-violent communication, AA and NA groups. Working with other departments, Vanessa developed a faith based group that typically is only provided to the general population inmates and is currently working to provide essential life and financial management skills.

Recently, a judge was so impressed by the group work completed by an inmate, that at sentencing the judge gave the inmate county jail time in lieu of prison. Vanessa’s contributions represent not only the agency well, but also provide inmates an opportunity for self-improvement. For her efforts, Vanessa is also being recognized with a Commendable Service Bar.

JUNE: Inmate Programs Specialist LouAnn Creasy

During 2019, Inmate Programs Specialist LouAnn Creasy has contributed extensively in the launching of four new programs at the Jail: The Juvenile Reach program, Project Hope, the Digital Garment Printing Program and the Veterans Pod initiative. Each program provides the inmate with educational outreach and job skill development.

Her direct personal involvement helped ensure the success of each of these programs. LouAnn is highly motivated, thoughtful and concerned in dealing with all aspects of the Inmate Programs Unit and her efforts epitomize the rare qualities most sought after in this position.

For her contributions in the successful launch of these four new inmate programs, LouAnn is also being recognized with a Commendable Service Bar.

JULY: Security Control Specialist Lismarie Gerena and Access Control Specialist Kimberly Fielding

In the span of a week, Security Control Specialist Gerena and Access Control Specialist Fielding located valuable evidence that assisted in the investigation of three felony cases. During a traffic stop outside the Port, the driver and passenger began acting suspiciously. Lismarie and Kimberly began reviewing security video and found the males had previously been in the area of one of the Marinas.

Deputies learned two expensive GPS units were stolen from the marina and upon searching the suspect’s vehicle, the units were recovered. The next day, a fatal traffic accident occurred that closed one of the main roads to the Port. These two Specialists obtained video of the events leading up to and including the accident, that were invaluable to the Traffic Homicide investigators.

During the same week, Lismarie and Kimberly also assisted patrol deputies by locating video of a vehicle stealing a boat and trailer from a local marina. For their diligence and initiative in these three cases, SCS Gerena and ACS Fielding are also being awarded a Commendable Service Bar.

AUGUST: Corrections Technician Jennifer Butler

Corrections Technician Jennifer Butler was leaving a local restaurant in Cocoa, when she observed an unresponsive male on the ground and another male performing CPR.

She asked if her assistance was needed, and the male advised that he was tiring from the procedure. Corrections Technician Butler immediately began providing chest compressions to the victim until Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel arrived and took over lifesaving efforts.

Without the immediate response from Corrections Technician Butler, this male would likely not have survived this medical emergency. For her exemplary actions, she is also receiving a Life-Saving Award.

SEPTEMBER: Patrol Support Specialist Angela Williams

As a Patrol Support Specialist assigned to the North Precinct, Angela Williams processes all case reports, as well as the paperwork generated by patrol personnel. For a period of approximately six months in 2019, it became necessary for Angela to perform the duties of desk officer in addition to her position as Patrol Support Specialist.

Along with the extra workload, it also resulted in her having to adjust her normal work hours, which she did without complaint. Angela took great pride in assisting the precinct in a time of need that ensured it remained operating effectively. For her dedication and teamwork, Angela is also being recognized with a Commendable Service Bar.

OCTOBER: Investigative Analyst Dana Shabaneh

Analyst Shabaneh was assigned to Criminal Investigative Services, specifically to provide analytical support for the Economic Crimes Unit. Shortly after starting, it became necessary for her to also assume responsibility for all investigative support duties for Major Crimes.

Within a short time, Analyst Shabaneh was asked to provide in-depth analytical support for a major homicide case, which required her to conduct hours of social media research, analyze phone records and surveillance videos, as well as create a critical timeline of events. Within weeks of this homicide, the Sheriff’s Office received six additional homicides.

Each of these investigations required significant analytical support, notwithstanding completing her assigned duties with the Economic Crimes Unit. As a result of her assistance, many of these cases have been closed by arrest. For her diligence and determination, she is also being awarded a Bar of Merit.

NOVEMBER: Payroll Benefits Coordinator Katey Benne

During 2019, an agreement was made with the PBA to implement shift differential pay for our employees. The period between starting the pay and the first paycheck was less than three weeks. Payroll Benefits Coordinator Katey Benne worked to develop a process that could efficiently manage and track this supplement and accomplished this task ensuring that each eligible employee received it in their paychecks.

This was no small task as every employee within each unit had to be verified as to eligibility and a method developed to manage and track any changes in assignments that could affect the payment of the supplement. Katey played a key role in this undertaking as well as refining this process.

DECEMBER: Property Control Agent Barbara Williams

Property Control Agent Williams was in the reception area of the jail complex assisting a citizen, when she witnessed a male enter the lobby area holding a handgun. Once inside the lobby, the male placed the handgun onto the ground.

She immediately notified additional personnel of the event, while still continuing to assist the citizen and monitor the male until supervision arrived. Her quick actions, calm demeanor and willingness to take control over this incident was able to help ensure the safety of all.

2019 Corrections Deputies of the Month

The recipients were selected from the 307 Corrections Deputies who serve in the Jail Complex.

January: Corporal Eric Firmin, Field Training Officer Brian Claudius, Field Training Officer Joseph Price, and Corrections Deputy Richard Weaver

Corporal Eric Firmin, Field Training Officer Brian Claudius, Field Training Officer Joseph Price, and Corrections Deputy Richard Weaver responded to an inmate who was unresponsive in the Charlie cellblock. FTO Claudius immediately started CPR, while Corporal Firmin retrieved an AED.

The AED was applied and advised to continue CPR. For approximately fourteen minutes, Corporal Firmin and FTO Claudius rotated with chest compression, while FTO Price and Deputy Weaver performed rescue breathing. This Correctional personnel worked as a team in this highly stressful situation attempting to save the life of this inmate. For their efforts, they are also receiving a Commendable Service Bar.

February: Corporal Gary Nichols

Jail Complex Corporal Gary Nichols assisted an inmate who requested help after believing his girlfriend was having a medical emergency while speaking to her on the telephone.

Corporal Nichols researched the business, located a phone number and ultimately made contact with her employer who found the female unresponsive and in need of urgent medical care. Corporal Nichols’ quick response to the inmate’s request led to this female receiving the assistance that ultimately saved her life. Corporal Nichol’s is also receiving a Life-Saving Award.

March: Corrections Deputy Sharhonda Haynes

While working her assignment in the Female Facility, Corrections Deputy Sharhonda Haynes was alerted to suspicious activity in the dorm bathroom. Deputy Haynes quickly began to question the involved inmates. Realizing that one of the inmates had recently been received into the facility, she escorted her to the Booking room for a pat-down search.

The search revealed that the inmate was attempting to smuggle drugs and paraphernalia into the facility. Her quick actions diverted dangerous drugs from entering the jail complex. For her efforts, she is also receiving a Commendable Service Bar.

April: Corrections Deputy Ardley McCree

Corrections Deputy Ardley McCree received an inmate for housing in 300 pod. While performing a thorough search of the inmate’s property, Deputy McCree located a single razor blade concealed inside the pages of a bible. Correction Deputy McCree’s attention to detail not only prevented a dangerous weapon from entering a maximum-security area but also prevented potential serious injury to staff or other inmates. Corrections Deputy McCree is also receiving a Commendable Service Bar.

May: Corporal Sherman Davis and Corporal Lisa Vennard-Medeiros

Corporals Sherman Davis and Lisa Vennard-Medeiros both serve as supervisors of the Sheriff’s Office “Chain Gang” inmate program. They and their crew are highly visible to the community and represent the agency in a very professional manner in every detail they undertake.

The Chain Gang has been responsible for beach clean-ups, community assistance during hurricane preparation, as well as set up and tear down of many of the charitable functions the Sheriff’s office hosts. Corporals Davis and Vennard-Medeiros are highly motivated members of the agency whose efforts are reflected in the superior performance of the inmates they supervise. For their dedication to the agency, they are also being recognized with a Commendable Service Bar.

June: Corrections Deputy Tyler Smith and Corrections Deputy Domingo Guzman

Corrections Deputies Tyler Smith and Domingo Guzman were assigned as Rovers for the 500 Pod in the Jail Complex when they responded to an inmate who was choking. Both Corrections Deputies worked together by administering finger sweeps and back blows which were successful in dislodging the obstruction.

The inmate was taken to the Jail Complex Medical Unit and then transported to the hospital where he made a full recovery. The quick response and emergency aid taken by these two Correctional Deputies were instrumental in saving the life of this inmate. For their efforts, they are receiving a Life-Saving Award.

July: Corrections Deputy Paul White

The Inmate Garment Printing Program was introduced at the Jail Complex with Corrections Deputy White leading the way. This innovative program instructs inmates on graphic design and digital garment printing while providing actual hands-on training.

The inmates under his supervision have gained valuable experience to apply upon their release and have successfully completed the printing of over 2000 items. For his dedication and commitment, Corrections Deputy White is also receiving a Commendable Service Bar.

August: Sergeant Benjamin Smith, Corporal April Reaves, Corrections Deputy Patrick Edwards and Corrections Deputy Donalee Jenkins

Corrections Deputy Edwards was fingerprinting a female inmate when she learned the inmate’s 9 and 10 years old brother and sister were left alone at a large resort in Cape Canaveral. Fearing the children may be in danger, Corporal Reaves contacted Canaveral Precinct deputies, who responded to the resort but were unsuccessful in locating the children since the inmate refused to provide a room number even after further questioning by Sergeant Smith.

Corrections Deputy Donalee Jenkins was contacted by Sergeant Smith and tasked with meeting with the inmate, who eventually provided the room number where the children could be located. With this information, the deputies were able to locate the children who were scared and crying with no adult supervision, no food and in a room without a working air conditioner.

The children advised after waking up, they found they were alone with no idea of where their sister was or if she was coming back. The inmate was additionally charged with child neglect and Sergeant Smith, Corporal Reaves, Corrections Deputies Edwards and Jenkins demonstrated diligence and determination in working together to potentially save the lives of these two children. They are also being recognized with a Bar of Merit.

September: Corporal Anthony Ryder and Corrections Deputy Michael Kirkpatrick

Corrections Corporal Anthony Ryder and Corrections Deputy Michael Kirkpatrick were alerted to an inmate who could not be woken up. Upon arriving at the cell, they observed the inmate laying on his bunk, unresponsive, and barely breathing. Medical personnel were notified and responded with an AED.

Corrections Corporal Ryder and Corrections Deputy Kirkpatrick assisted the nurse with chest compressions and rescue breathing for nearly twelve minutes until paramedics arrived. The inmate was transported to a local hospital and due to their medical intervention, made a full recovery.

Corrections Corporal Ryder and Corrections Deputy Kirkpatrick displayed excellent teamwork in proving medical care that assisted in saving the life of this male inmate. They are also being recognized with a Life-Saving Award.

October: Corporal Amanda Sostre and Corrections Deputy Donna Edmonds

Corrections Deputy Donna Edmonds was notified a female inmate appeared to be having a medical event and found her incoherent, unable to respond. The inmate was placed on her side on the ground and medical personnel were called to assist. Corporal Amanda Sostre responded, along with medical staff, and when the inmate began to lose consciousness, CPR was started by both officers.

They continued CPR until the arrival of paramedics who administered a dose of Narcan, at which time the inmate became alert and coherent. Corporal Sostre and Deputy Edmonds worked together to provide the best life-saving care possible for the inmate and for their efforts, they are receiving a Commendable Service Bar.

November: Corporal Michael Peterson and Corrections Deputy Mendes Spencer

Corrections Deputy Mendes Spencer was doing an inmate check when he noticed what appeared to be an item wrapped around the inmate’s neck in one of the cells. Deputy Spencer and Corporal Michael Peterson immediately entered the cell and found the inmate unresponsive with fabric tied around his neck and the sink.

The inmate was untied and both Spencer and Peterson began performing lifesaving measures until the arrival of medical personnel. The response of Deputy Spencer and Corporal Peterson prevented this inmate from ending his life and they are both receiving a Life Saving Award for their quick actions.

December: Corrections Sergeant Richard Otranto, Corporal Ryan Futch, Corrections Deputy Robert Brown and Corrections Deputy Christopher Malagon

Corporal Ryan Futch and Corrections Deputy Chris Malagon were alerted to a problem in the recreation yard and observed an inmate on the ground, unresponsive and suffering from what appeared to be a seizure. Corporal Futch assessed the male and found no pulse. Deputy Malagon retrieved an AED, which was placed on the inmate and advised that a shock was needed.

After the shock, CPR was started with Sergeant Otranto, Corporal Futch, and Corrections Deputy Brown rotating between compressions and rescue breaths. Medical personnel responded and assisted until the arrival of fire rescue, who transported the inmate to the hospital, where he made a full recovery. The above staff did an excellent job working together as a team to save the life of this inmate. In recognition of their outstanding efforts, they are each receiving a Life-Saving Award.

2019 Deputies of the Month

The recipients were selected from the 521 Sheriff’s Deputies who work as Patrol Deputies, Court Deputies and Investigative Agents throughout the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

January: Sergeant Dennis Casey, Field Training Officer Charles Hill, Deputy Jafet Santiago, Deputy Jesse Doucette and Reserve Deputy Joe Jenkins Jr.

Members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to a male who was swimming approximately a mile off the Cape Canaveral shoreline and appeared to be despondent. As the deputies reached the area, they attempted to aid the man with floatation devices but their attempts were repeatedly refused. The male became combative and began swimming under the rescue vessel in what appeared to be attempts to harm himself.

The deputies momentarily lost sight of the man who then resurfaced a short distance away, facedown and appeared to be unconscious. Due to the subject’s condition, Sergeant Dennis Casey dove into the water and grabbed the subject. Sergeant Casey was able to swim back to the rescue boat with the male, who was also not breathing. Once the male was onboard, deputies immediately began life-saving efforts.

Deputy Jafet Santiago started resuscitation efforts with an Ambu bag while Deputy Joseph Jenkins deployed the AED and Deputy Jesse Doucette started chest compressions. This continued for approximately eight minutes until the vessel reached the boat dock. Paramedics met the deputies at the ramp and continued providing life-saving treatment, eventually transporting the male to the hospital where he made a full recovery. If not for the courageous actions of Sergeant Casey entering the water, as well as the lifesaving efforts by Deputies Doucette, Hill, Jenkins and Santiago, the male would most likely have perished. These deputies are also receiving a Life-Saving Award.

February: Agent Justin Wood and Agent Francis Dufresne

Agent Justin Wood and Agent Francis Dufresne have collaborated to create a better way to detect, read and interpret the data from credit card skimmers. Agent Dufresne developed a method to retrieve the credit card data hidden within the skimmers.

Previous to Agent Dufresne’s discovery, law enforcement was unable to read and/or retrieve any information from Bluetooth skimmers ending the process of the investigation. Based on this discovery, Agent Wood was able to read and interpret the data to establish leads, develop suspects and notify credit card companies and account holders of the pending fraud.

This prototype is still in the testing phase but is expected to be an extremely valuable tool for law enforcement. Both agents were also recognized by the United States Secret Service for their advanced work with gas pump and ATM skimmers. Agents Wood and Dufresne are to be commended for their resourcefulness and diligence in developing this new device to assist law enforcement. Both agents are also being recognized with a Bar of Merit.

March: Deputy Nick Villacres

Deputy Villacres responded to a residence in Cocoa in reference to a female who was attempting to commit suicide. On arrival, he was advised the female was in the bathroom. When Deputy Villacres opened the door, he found the female holding a large knife with the blade to her throat. There was blood in the sink, floor and on the female’s clothing. The female attempted to shut the door as Deputy Villacres grabbed her wrist in an attempt to take the knife.

A struggle ensued during which Deputy Villacres was finally able to gain control of the knife. Paramedics entered the residence, treating her on the scene for lacerations before transporting the female to the hospital. Deputy Villacres placed himself in great danger to save the life of a female who without his intervention would have successfully committed suicide. Deputy Villacres is also being recognized with a Life-Saving Award.

April: Agent Stacie Moore

Agent Stacie Moore began an investigation of a domestic violence case that began with a woman who had been held against her will by her husband, horribly beaten and tortured, threatened with being killed and believing that her children were also being physically abused by this suspect. Agent Moore worked for months building the criminal case against this suspect and assisting the victim.

Finally, after two years, which included numerous legal battles and lengthy challenges over sentencing, the case was concluded. The suspect was convicted on two counts of Sexual Battery and one count of Kidnapping, receiving a sentence of thirty years in prison to be followed by twenty-five years of Sex Offender Probation. Agent Moore’s thoroughness and determination led to a sentencing of a violent individual, protecting the lives of this victim and her family. Agent Moore is also receiving a Bar of Merit.

May: Corporal Sean Hawkins, Agent Thomas Vincelette and Agent Tim Liston

The Special Investigations Unit began a lengthy investigation into an organization that was importing and distributing large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine within Brevard County. Agent Thomas Vincelette was the agent in charge of this complex case, and in working with Corporal Sean Hawkins and Agent Tim Liston, was tasked with the organization of controlled purchases of narcotics and surveillance on the different members of the organization.

In May of 2019, the investigation culminated with over one hundred felony and six search warrants being issued. Agents seized approximately 13,700 doses of fentanyl, an amount large enough to kill every resident in Brevard County, had it reached the street. Also seized were 72 firearms and over $121,000 dollars. Agent Vincelette, Corporal Hawkins and Agent Liston displayed thoroughness and dedication in this investigation that dismantled a dangerous drug trafficking organization. For their efforts in this investigation, they are also being awarded a Bar of Merit.

June: Deputy Paul Phillips

Deputy Paul Phillips responded to a neighborhood dispute and upon arrival, made contact with the complainant. As he was gathering information, the other neighbor began yelling and screaming from his property. Deputy Phillips told the complainant to go back into his residence and directed his attention to the upset neighbor. As Deputy Phillips approached the male, he heard the sound of a firearm being charged as the assailant opened fire on him.

Deputy Phillips began to move for cover and had no other choice than to use deadly force against the threat. During the exchange of gunfire, Deputy Phillips was struck in the right shoulder, left leg and right leg. Even though suffering severe, life-threatening injuries, his training and experience enabled Deputy Phillips to neutralize the threat. For sustaining these injuries in the line of duty, Deputy Phillips is receiving a Wound Bar.

July: Agent Adam Weimer

Agent Adam Weimer began an investigation into a criminal organization that was trafficking heroin and fentanyl within Brevard County. Agent Weimer organized controlled purchases of narcotics and surveillance of the individual sellers. He was able to identify the customer base of the organization and the method of operation used to sell these dangerous drugs.

In July of 2019, arrest warrants were served on twenty suspects involved in the sale and distribution of these dangerous drugs for charges up to and including racketeering. This investigation led by Agent Weiner was successful in taking a large drug trafficking organization off the streets of Brevard County. For his for efforts he is also receiving a Bar of Merit.

August: Agent Carmen Minthorn

Agent Minthorn began an investigation involving a sexual relationship between a sexual offender and a fifteen-year-old female, who initially was not cooperative in the case. When Agent Minthorn found evidence that the offender was using a phone that he had not registered as required by statute, she obtained a search warrant for the phone. However, based on the model and the phone being locked, the contents could not be examined.

To further complicate matters, it was learned that the offender was attempting to remotely erase the contents of the phone. As the investigation continued, the victim came forward and disclosed the sexual relationship with the offender. With this information, the offender’s phone was sent to a forensic lab who was able to unlock and examine the phones contents. The examination revealed that the phone contained chats between the offender and victim, as well as videos of the actual sexual relationship.

In addition, the phone contained videos of the offender engaged in sexual relationships with other juveniles. Using this new information, Agent Minthorn teamed with Agent Aja Stake who would assist in taking the case forward for charges in Federal Court. The offender was indicted in August of 2019 on Federal charges ranging from enticement of a minor to production of child pornography.

Upon conviction, the offender will face a sentence that could include Life in Prison. This case presented unique challenges and obstacles that Agent Minthorn overcame in order to put a sexual offender preying on children behind bars. Agent Minthorn is also being awarded a Bar of Merit.

September: Agent Aja Stake

Agent Stake was online acting in an undercover capacity as a minor child on a social media website when her undercover profile was contacted by a male. A month-long investigation began with conversations via chat and cell phone, which progressed to the point of requesting the fictitious child to travel to Orlando for the purpose of having a sexual relationship. Agent Stake uncovered that the suspect was a 47-year-old male who was a convicted and registered sexual predator from Orlando who had a previous conviction of sexual battery on a ten-year-old child.

Agent Stake coordinated a meet with the male using the resources of this agency as well as members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department. On October 26, 2019, the male arrived at the predetermined location where he was arrested without incident. The suspect was later indicted on Federal charges for online enticement of a child and faces a sentence of Life in Prison. Agent Stake’s exceptional work in bringing this dangerous child predator to justice, resulted in him no longer being able to prey on children. For her efforts, she is also receiving a Bar of Merit.

October: Deputy Neil Lee

Deputy Neil Lee responded to a motor vehicle crash on Brockett Road in Mims, where a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy Lee found the victim bleeding severely from a laceration to their arm and immediately utilized his agency issued tourniquet to stop the blood loss. Paramedics arrived and began to treat the victim who was transported by helicopter to a local hospital.

The victim made a complete recovery. Deputy Lee’s actions were commended by Fire Rescue personnel, who advised that the application of the tourniquet ultimately saved the life of this victim. Due to the quick thinking of Deputy Lee, a tragedy was averted. For his actions in this life-threatening event, Deputy Lee is also receiving a Life-Saving Award.

November: Deputy Taylor Dunn and Deputy Kyle Fitzgerald

Deputies Dunn and Fitzgerald responded to a residence in Merritt Island in reference to a violation of injunction. As both arrived, they observed a male sitting in the front yard who had slashed himself on both his neck and arm with a box cutter. Due to the amount of blood loss, Deputy Dunn and Fitzgerald began applying pressure bandages to the wounds.

As the male began to go in and out of consciousness, Deputy Dunn maintained pressure on the wounds and monitored his pulse, while Deputy Fitzgerald applied sternum rubs to keep the male alert. Fire Rescue arrived and transported the male to the hospital where he made a full recovery. The decisive actions of these deputies, along with their ability to work together, saved this man’s life. Deputies Dunn and Fitzgerald are also being recognized with a Life-Saving Award.

December: Lieutenant Will Haggerty

Lieutenant William Haggarty responded to a residence in Rockledge and met with the complainant who advised a neighbor had been acting strangely and he could hear a vehicle running inside the closed garage. As Lieutenant Haggarty approached the residence, he could hear a vehicle running inside the garage and attempted to contact someone without success. Fearing that the neighbor might be in distress, Lieutenant Haggarty forced a door open and entered the garage.

Once inside, he found a female in the driver’s seat of the running vehicle and Lieutenant Haggarty immediately removed her from the vehicle to a well-ventilated area. While waiting for fire rescue to arrive, the female advised Lieutenant Haggarty that he interrupted her attempt to commit suicide. The female was transported to the hospital where she received treatment for her severe depression. The decisive actions of Lieutenant Haggarty saved the life of this female. He is also receiving a Life-Saving Award.

2019 COMMENDABLE SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS

These employees were recognized throughout the year. Awarded to an employee for exceptional commendable performance in the execution of his/her duties.

The act must demonstrate confidence and efficiency beyond that reasonably expected or is awarded to an employee for an exceptionally competent, credible act demonstrating personal initiative and accomplishment that brings public acclaim or recognition to the employee.

Brian Adams
Mary Adams
Taushonna Adkins Pierce
Kaitlyn Applegate
Jeff Bellinger
Matt Bialobrzeski
Gabriel Boyers
James Christoffel
Brian Claudius
LouAnn Creasy
Micaela Cunningham
Christian Daugirdas
Daila Davis
Sherman Davis
Anthony Del Duca
Evelyn DeNardo
Francis Dufresne
Donna Edmonds
Dalton Farrington
Kimberly Fielding
Eric Firmin
Danny Genova
Lismarie Gerena
Joe Groski
Vanessa Guzman-Santiago
John Hanigan
Pat Hanigan
Tyler Harrell
Yagdesh Harrypersad
Sharhonda Haynes
Robert Hopkins
Wolfgang Kermer
Megan Lane
Jorge Lopez
Frankie Mays
Ardley McCree
Andres Nunez
Stephanie Palumbo
Cheryl Pelletier
George Picco
Larry Plotkin
Joseph Price
Sharon Sadutto
Tadisha Samuel
Marian Schwenn
Herb Smith
Amanda Sostre
Adrian Soto
Aja Stake
Adam Steuerwald
Lisa Vennard-Medeiros
Austin Walsh
Richard Weaver
Vanessa West
Paul White
Angela Williams
Eric Williams
Laurie Wilson
Leslie Woodruff-Hughley
Richard Zimmerman

Special Thanks To:

Church at Viera – Pastor Mark Ragsdale and his wonderful staff
Chaplain Larry Linkous – Opening Prayer
Chaplain Pete Inman – Closing Prayer
Brevard Police & Fire Pipes & Drums
BCSO Honor Guard
Janna Ivey – National Anthem
President Marlon Buggs and Representative Al Boettjer
Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association & Public Employees Association
Ron Spangler and the Central Logistics Team for their hard work making all of this evening’s beautiful plaques
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Explorers
Tom Palermo, Giles Malone and the entire Space Coast Daily Team for the beautiful video presentation
Operational Services for the Static Displays
All of the Family, Friends and Community Leaders in Attendance

Reception Committee

Laura Cline
Pauline Collins
Dawn Ekonomou
Ron Forknall
Jeanette Foster
Brenda Krieger
Ellen Kurdziel
Jean Palmer
Teresa Revel
Joanna Seigel
Cheryl Sink
Laurie Wilson

2019 Awards Committee

Chief Michael DeMorat —Chairman
Commander Dan Singleton – Vice Chairman
Analytical Support Specialist Laura Cline
Lieutenant Alan Confreda
Sergeant Evelyn DeNardo
Sergeant Chris Ferrante
Sergeant Terry Laufenberg
Sergeant Steve McNatt
Communications Officer Abigail Sanders
Assistant to the Chief Jean Palmer

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