WATCH: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Honors Sgt. Marlon Buggs with Lucy Ross Award
By Space Coast Daily // April 3, 2021
Marlon Buggs became a full-time Deputy Sheriff in 1994
ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Honors Sgt. Marlon Buggs with Lucy Ross Award.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In 1994, Marlon Buggs became a full-time Deputy Sheriff and it quickly became apparent that he had a passion and drive for helping others.
Early in his career, while assigned to the Community Policing Unit, he and other unit members saw a need to serve underprivileged children during the summer months and created Camp Chance.
A program where kids spend the day at the Sheriff’s Office Lake with law enforcement officers engaged in mentorship and camp activities.
During his assignment in the Special Victims Unit, Marlon began volunteering his time as a guest speaker for the Prosecution Alternatives for Youth Diversion Program sponsored by the State Attorney’s Office that offers youthful offenders an alternative to being prosecuted.
Marlon also volunteered with the Brevard County Weed & Seed program to implement a community-based strategy to “Weed” out violence and drugs, and “Seed” with educational, social, and economic development throughout the Brevard County community.
One such “Seeding” program is the Project Safe Neighborhoods Annual Youth Crime Prevention Summit, where young people are given the opportunity to receive information about law enforcement, public safety, social skills, and community involvement.
He has been volunteering since 2006 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration.
Marlon has also served on the Board of Directors for the Space Coast Marine Institute, now known as AMIKids, which is a nonprofit, residential facility in Melbourne, serving youths who have committed criminal offenses.
As a member of the Board, Marlon provided direction on staffing and program development that assists these troubled youths to gain the needed skills to return to their families.
Marlon has also been an active participant in the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event for over 7 years, a charitable event committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers.
He has participated or has been a team captain for the BCSO raising over $25,000 for the charity by himself as well as being an integral part of the team that has raised nearly $150,000.
ABOUT LUCY ROSS AWARD
The Lucy Ross Award is presented to the Sheriff’s Office employee who best exemplifies the outstanding qualities and spirit of our lost family member, Sergeant Lucille Ross.
Throughout her career, Lucy demonstrated an unwavering dedication to community service and excellence in her profession.
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