St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara will preside at agency award ceremony Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Sheriff's Office headquarters
Thursday at 10:30 a.m., St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara will present preside at the agency's quarterly awards ceremony at agency headquarters, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce.
Here are the award recipients:
Life Saving Matt Reynolds, David Felix, *Clay Mangrum, *Jeffrey Serafini, David Streeter, Richard Young
Exceptional Duty Gary Deshon, Adam Goodner, Mike Muller, Neil Spector
Commendation David Cabrera, Francisco DelRosario, *Troy Glover, Tracey Hengstler, JeffSchoner, Scott Young
Transportation: Doug Laury, Steve Byrne, Daniel Arcentales, Jose Estrada, Lucius Harris, Johnny Hubbard, Dexter Scott, Kimberly Tipton, Corey Todd, Robert Wolff
Parking Enforcement: Charles Brandau, James Brandt, A. J. Constantine, Sherwin Fields, Peter Hytinen, Patrick Murray, Clive Niles, John Pescino, Richard Schneider
Classification: Kathy Archambeau, Kathie Buono, Bridget Coghlan, Barbara DiGiorgio, Solange Dorsainvil, Helene Fego, Robin Flexer, Christine Giaccone, Eileen Gianquitti, Lounita McDougald, Trevor Morganti, Mary Lou Puchala, Genynne Rodriguez
Life Saving (citizenry) Christy Erlsten, Justin Rogers
* Award recipients from previous quarters
Here are the details:
Distinguished Service Award Justin Rogers
On December 10 around 5:45 p.m. while enroute to an off duty detail, Deputy Troy Glover responded to the Flying J Truck Stop in regards to a vehicle lock out in which a two-month old child and dog were inside the vehicle. Although recent rains and cooler temperatures helped to alleviate any distress the child or pet may have endured. The mother of the child was frantic as would be expected. Justin Rogers was at the adjoining gas pump and noticed what happened. The Flying J staff produced a vehicle lock out kit they sell.
Justin then attempted to use a "slim jim" opposite Deputy Glover. Neither could make entry. Rescue units arrived. Using a screwdriver, an inflated blood pressure cuff, and two wedges, they were able to pry the driver side door enough for Mr. Rogers to use a tool and lift the lock on the door.
While law enforcement and rescue did what they get paid to do, Mr. Rogers went above and beyond by assisting us and ultimately being the one who unlocked the door. His efforts allowed a frantic mother to be reunited with her child and dog as well as causing no property damage during the process.
Life Saving Christy Erlsten
On Christmas Day, 2011, around noon, two swimmers were caught in a rip current at Avalon Beach, on North Hutchinson Island.
Christy Erlsten was relaxing on the beach when she heard someone shout that swimmers were in trouble. Ms. Erlsten immediately borrowed a boogie board from someone and paddled into the ocean.
Fortunately, she was able to rescue one of the swimmers, Patrick Partab, who was exhausted from fighting the rip current. Sadly, she was unable to rescue Mr. Partab's cousin, Surendra Sri Thakur, whom she saw thrashing in the distance.
Nevertheless, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office wants to acknowledge her heroic efforts that resulted in the saving of a life.
Detention Civilian of the Quarter Barbara DiGiorgio
Ms. Barbara DiGiorgio joined our agency in October 2009. She is assigned to the classification unit to assess inmates for various risk levels and special-need housing. In addition to her duties, she also is the liaison between the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the jail.
In the fall of 2011, Trevor Morganti was visited by an agent from ICE who stated he was going to give an award to one of Trevor's staff for going beyond the call of duty on various occasions, and they wanted to show their sincere thanks to Barbara for what she does. She had, in fact, won the nomination from all the other agencies that they work with in Southern Florida. The scope of the nomination reads as follows:
"Ms. DiGiorgio has gone above and beyond the call of duty on numerous occasions. Examples of these are: sending correspondence to the ICE electronic mail system involving local arrests, notifications of release, and information based on court proceedings for subjects of interest; providing additional information upon request regarding subjects in custody, with ICE detainers, whom many need further attention; effectively communicating with ICE officers regarding transfer of custody from local/county to federal; serving as a liaison for the continued relationship between ICE and the jail."
A particular example of Ms. DiGiorgio's ability to go above and beyond is participation, through correspondence, with the effective transfer of custody of an inmate who was recently designated for federal prosecution. The subject was arrested on local charges and was later identified by ICE as a multiple re-entry case with a history of violent crimes.
While awaiting local charges to be resolved, Barbara was able to maintain constant contact with ICE in connection to public records, making officers aware of any and all existing court dates combined with sentencing. Once the subject was officially sentenced under local/county charges, the smooth transition from local custody into federal custody of prosecution was only made possible by Barbara DiGiorgio's efforts.
Detention Civilian of the Second Quarter Kathy Archambeau
Kathy Archambeau has been assigned to the classification unit for over four years. She is the population control clerk. This position was created to control and monitor the inmate population to offset the ever increasing inmate explosion that was occurring during 2006.
Today, the population is under control to many differing factors. However, one of them is the work Kathy diligently does by reviewing all inmates with holds for other jurisdictions to make sure they are quickly dispatched out of our custody. There are approximately 250 inmates with various holds on any given day. These holds must be properly monitored and agencies must be contacted. Otherwise, they can fall under the radar and waste valuable space and money in our budget.
Kathy is pleasant and respectful when dealing with these agencies and she is unrelenting in her persistence to make sure these inmates are ready for transport and are consistently moving out of our jail. This fine work has contributed to a smaller jail population and a huge cost savings.
In addition, Kathy is a highly committed, hard-working member of the classification unit. She is early for work and helps those who are having a busy day by chipping in and staying until all the work is finished. Trevor Morganti has expressed how thankful he is to have her in his unit.
Detention Deputy of the Quarter Dawn Dale
Detective Scott Young of the office of investigation approached booking unit deputies and asked for inmate phone call information on unusual and serious offenses. Deputies responded to his request, but none like Deputy Dawn Dale. Deputy Dale sent Detective Young over 30 emails.
These emails saved Detective Young's office an average of ½ hour to 1 hour of time viewing video to get phone call time, which totaled to 15 hours. To date, the office of investigation reports that information of evidentiary value obtained from these phone records has assisted in arrests and convictions of offenses ranging from possession of narcotics, possession of a firearm, armed robbery, drug trafficking, and even homicide.
In addition to keeping track of the inmates making phone calls for the office of investigations, Deputy Dale has maintained her regular job duties. This includes booking over 1,700 inmate charges in the past year.
Deputy Dale has set an excellent example for other deputies and has demonstrated a commitment to the vision and mission of the office. Thank you for a job well done.
Detention Deputy of the Year James Soto
On June 23, 2011 Deputy James Soto was conducting a routine walk-through of cells while collecting razors in Delta East, dorm eight when he noticed a strong odor of coffee in cell B and observed a pile of coffee grounds on the floor. Deputy Soto's past experience and training caused him to look further into the matter as inmates have been known to use coffee to mask odors in their cells, particularly that of tobacco.
Deputy Soto secured the cell and called for assistance. Several deputies arrived on scene and began a thorough search of the cell and the property of the cell's occupants. Deputy Soto began to pat search each inmate in the cell, beginning with the newest arrival, a re-admit named Kevin Donohue. Donohue had been sentenced to the Department of Corrections the day before. Donohue was fidgeting during the pat search and finally admitted he had contraband on his person. He had a bag that contained a small amount of tobacco, marijuana, matches, rolling papers, prescription drugs, and several morphine tablets.
Deputy Soto's observation skills, quick thinking, and decision making helped to ensure a safer environment for not only the inmates in his charge, but for the deputies working that housing unit.
Deputy Soto is a shining example for others to follow.
Detention Supervisor of the Quarter Johnny Henry
Sgt. Johnny Henry came to work in the booking area this quarter. He has a drive to succeed and has taken his time, working alongside all the deputies on his shift, learning the area. He has grown in leaps and bounds, faster than any other supervisor Lt. O'Brien has managed in the booking area.
Sergeant Henry is highly respected by his staff for the way he supervises, works as a supervisor, and assists the deputies to make everything run smoothly. His integrity is the highest, bar-none, leaving Lt. O'Brien at ease when Sergeant Henry is at the helm. He has achieved in a short time what others have taken much longer to learn and does not hesitate to ask questions and learns constantly.
Detention Supervisor of the Year Joann Coleman
Sergeant Joann Coleman has worked for the Office since 1988, first as a clerk then as a deputy. She is currently a sergeant assigned to the booking unit. Sergeant Joann Coleman has been a sergeant for approximately 10 years with over half of that time spent in the position of booking supervisor.
She is knowledgeable in all areas of the booking process and is a leader that shares her knowledge with her staff. Sergeant Coleman promotes a feeling of unity in her staff by giving praise when it is deserved and guidance when needed. She is quick to pitch in and lend a hand and assists employees to complete tasks. Sergeant Coleman remains calm during the hectic work environment of the booking unit.
Sergeant Coleman takes pride in the job she does and instills pride in the people who work for her.
Life Saving David Felix, David Streeter, Richard L. Young
On October 15 Deputies David Streeter, Richard Young, and David Felix all responded to an attempted suicide. Upon their arrival, they noticed an inmate by the name of Vincent Adams sitting on the top tier railing with a sheet tied around his neck and the other end tied to the railing. The communication skills from these deputies saved this inmate's life.
They were able to talk the inmate down from the railing and convinced him to lie down on the floor. The inmate was immediately handcuffed and removed from the dorm and escorted to medical. In the dress-out room in medical, Deputy Streeter discovered a suicide note by Adams addressed to his mother. The note was attached to Deputy Streeter's report and given to Detective Young for follow up investigation.
Commendation Francisco Delrosario
On December 19 a subject was observed concealing food items under his clothes at a Publix Supermarket. The subject proceeded to pass all points of sale without attempting to pay for the merchandise. When the subject was approached by management, he evaded them and ran to the parking lot where he was detained by off duty deputy Francisco Delrosario. At that point, the subject threw the merchandise at Deputy Delrosario.
Deputy Delrosario detained the subject until Port St. Lucie Police Department arrived to the scene and arrested the subject for retail theft.
Commendation Tracy Hengstler
On January 11, the Fort Pierce Police Department brought in a female for disorderly intoxication. The female was excited and loud during questioning prior to intake. She was brought into the pat down vestibule where Deputy Dawn Dale did the pat search on this large stature woman. With great insight and an unsettling feeling, Deputy Dawn and Deputy Tracy Hengstler escorted her into the shower room to better search the new intake.
While Deputy Dale retrieved a jail uniform for the inmate, Deputy Hengstler stood by. The inmate started to change out of her clothes and pulled a knife out of her bra. Deputy Hengstler remained calm and said, "I will hold onto that for you." The inmate turned it over to Deputy Hengstler, and the situation was controlled with no injuries.
After the discovery of the weapon, the knife was turned over to the arresting officer. The arresting officer stated the inmate had not been searched prior to transport to the jail. Because of good judgment and a calm demeanor, Deputy Hengstler and all other staff went home safely that morning.
Commendation David Cabrera, Scott Young
On December 6, 2011 Deputy David Cabrera was doing a security check at the inmate work unit when he noticed the operator of a service vehicle onsite from American Portable Toilets. The truck was there to service their portable toilet unit. Deputy Cabrera observed the operator power wash the unit and resupply it with toilet paper. When the service truck exited the area, Deputy Cabrera entered the port-o-let to check for contraband. He found hidden between two rolls of toilet paper a pack of cigarettes.
He immediately notified Sgt. Hasse who contacted Detective Scott Young. Detective Young arrived and took custody of the contraband. Detective Young contacted American Portable Toilets and had the service truck operator return to the work unit. The driver was advised of his rights and questioned. He was then placed under arrest and transported to the jail.
These two employees went out of their way to keep this facility free of contraband. Hopefully, the fact that an outside vendor was arrested sends a message to all inmates and the public that the introduction of contraband will not be tolerated at the jail.
Classification Unit Citation
Kathy Archambeau, Kathie Buono, Bridget Coghlan, Barbara DiGiorgio, Solange Dorsainvil, Helene Fego, Robin Flexer, Christine Giaccone, Eileen Gianquitti, Lounita McDougald, Trevor Morganti, Mary Lou Puchala, Genynne Rodriguez
It is over a year ago that Detective Scott Young was assigned to the Department of Detention. The classification unit has become Detective Young's "go to" unit. Trevor Morganti has provided valuable insight, direction, and advice on a multitude of incidents which without him would have caused major case delay or comprise in high profile state attorney cases. Trevor's insight on inmate behavior concerns directly insures the safety of law enforcement deputies here in our facility.
Additionally, Trevor's entire staff has, at one time or another, stopped what they were working on to assist Detective Young. With their help, the office of investigations has located witnesses in criminal cases, located case sensitive information critical in the prosecution of criminal cases. The members of classification have expedited the DOC transfers of several inmates with institutional behavior concerns. They have identified fraud and have reassigned inmates at the request of Detective Young due to security concerns. On several occasions they have taken it upon themselves to advise Detective Young of possible threat groups, gang affiliation or inmates with gang tattoos.
When asked to assist with a task that is outside their respective job assignment, they do not refuse. They are all professional, friendly, and a pleasure to interact with daily.
Transportation Unit Citation
Doug Laury, Steve Byrne, Daniel Arcentales, Jose Estrada, Lucius Harris, Johnny Hubbard, Dexter Scott, Kimberly Tipton, Corey Todd, Robert Wolff
The transportation unit is responsible for transporting inmates to and from outside court hearings, medical and dental related appointments, and other facilities including other jails and the Department of Corrections.
In 2010 a cost savings collaborative with other treasure coast jails included the sharing in inmate transports began and continues today. In 2011 this joint transportation effort made our agency more efficient with staff and has saved the taxpayers of our county an estimated $21,734.70. This would not have been possible without the cooperation and determination of Sergeant Laury and his team.
Another notable for the Department of Detention transportation unit is that a total of 129,137 miles were driven in fiscal year 2010/2011. This unit had no accidents in 2011.
Civilian of the Quarter Michelle Nesmith
In this last quarter Michelle Nesmith has entered over 1,318 contacts into the office's database. These numbers are solely from the traffic unit and do not include contacts from patrol or other units in the agency. This would average to about 5,099 entries alone for the traffic unit in a year's time. For the agency she has 13,237 entries. Each citation or warning had to be visually checked for accuracy and then entered into the computer.
Michelle also checks the DUI packets to make sure they are complete and handles the transmittal for crash reports and citations.
Since bringing Michelle into the unit, the records process has been significantly streamlined by adding COGNOS and scanning capabilities. Obtaining statistical information for reports and special details is at her fingertips and arrives quickly when asked. During this quarter, the unit did not have any citations returned from the Clerk's Office for corrections to citations. Considering these are still done by hand and not electronically is a testimony to her diligence and careful eye.
She is dependable and is relied on for assistance from members of the traffic unit and patrol for court preparation.
Civilian of the Year Agnes Trama
Agnes Trama has worked as a victim advocate for approximately nine years. Her office is located at the St. Lucie County Courthouse. She is invaluable to the victims of domestic violence who are seeking injunctions or who require pertinent information to court procedures. Agnes reviews all injunction petitions, personally calls each and every petitioner, and accompanies them to court. She makes outside referrals to agencies that can assist petitioners and files for victim's compensation if deemed necessary. Agnes provides services to approximately 60 petitioners per month.
As a victim advocate she also participates with "on-call" and responds to situations of sensitive family matters (such as death of a loved one). She is dedicated to seeing that justice is served for her victims. Agnes is an active member of the 19th Judicial Circuit Victim's Rights Coalition and Kids Connected by Design. She is a great asset to the courthouse and the Office.
Detective of the Quarter (Deputy is undercover)
During this quarter, this detective has performed a variety of tasks which involved the risk of injury and jeopardized his own personal safety. He has been infiltrating a crack cocaine ring which operates from Belle Glade to Okeechobee. As always, this detective is called upon by local, state, and federal agencies to perform in the undercover capacity. This skill is not one you can just pick up. It takes years of training, experience, and education. Then it takes psychological strength to perform under this façade of an undercover lifestyle.
This detective was invited to attend an elite FBI undercover school. In spite of a 50 percent failure rate, this detective took command of this opportunity and continued to prove his dedication to his craft graduating at the top five percent of his class.
Along with his undercover work, this detective is one of the highest producers in the unit. He assists others in the unit no matter how small the task. This detective produced the following statistics this quarter: 36 felony arrests along with authoring seven search warrants, and recovering three stolen firearms.
One of the search warrants was a marijuana grow house which contained 35 plants capable of producing 80 pounds of marijuana a year which is valued at over $3,000 a pound.
Detective of the Year Angela Flowers
Detective Angela Flowers has been a member of the office for 12 years, and has been assigned to the economic crimes unit for the last five years. The economic crimes unit is not one of glory but one of paper, paper, paper. They investigate crimes such as identity theft, all types of fraud, embezzlements, money laundering, elderly exploitation and racketeering.
One of her many noteworthy cases, was a racketeering case. It was a charity scam which involved 3,000 victims. The case was classified as a boiler room operation, utilizing children's youth programs to defraud citizens out of their hard-earned money. The targets of the investigation, now defendants, would use door-to-door and phone solicitation and would collect donations for non-existent children's charities. Could you imagine finding, contacting, interviewing, and investigating each one of these victims?
She did and this was a lot of work and persistence on Detective Flowers part.
Detective Flowers carries a full load and finds time to attend night classes at IRSC. She is working toward her degree in forensic accounting.
Detective of the First Quarter Christopher Jadin
Detective Chris Jadin is assigned to investigate property crimes. Deputy Jadin's proactive approach is evident in the following example:
In early January, a trend began on our beaches where unknown suspects were breaking into cars parked at area beach accesses. Soon after the thefts, the stolen credit cards were being used to purchase high-dollar electronics. Detective Jadin discovered this trend was happening statewide so he contacted other agencies.
It appeared the same four people were involved in all of the similar cases. Detective Jadin scheduled and facilitated a multi-agency meeting. During this meeting, investigative leads were shared which resulted in four suspects being positively identified and charged with a total of 46 felonies in multiple jurisdictions. The meeting was also attended by FDLE who has agreed to file RICO charges on the individuals. The suspects are currently incarcerated in correctional facilities around Florida.
The above is one of many examples of Detective Jadin's commitment and dedication. He is an asset to the Criminal Investigations Division.
Administrative/Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year Joe Guertin
Sgt. Joe Guertin is a proficient, professional law enforcement supervisor who is dedicated to patrol. He maintains high standards for himself and for the deputies he supervises. Sergeant Guertin is one of two sergeants who are assigned to the Emergency Operations Center during a major crisis.
He is our field training and evaluation program coordinator. Sergeant Guertin volunteered for the FTO program coordinator assignment which is in addition to his duties as a patrol squad sergeant. The FTO manual had a complete overhaul. Now the manual is more concise, user friendly, and specific to the needs of the FTOs.
There is a section specific to refresher training to deputies returning to patrol from other components, and a revised section for reserve recruits. Revising the manual required numerous meetings during the day, sometimes after he completed his shift on midnights. Thank you for a job well done.
Patrol Operations Deputy of the Quarter Thomas Worthington
Deputy Thomas Worthington has been with the office since March 2009. During the 4th quarter, Deputy Worthington produced the following: 4 – felony pc arrests, 8 – felony warrants, 13 – misdemeanor pc arrests, 6 – misdemeanor warrants, 15 – traffic citations, 97 – verbal/written warnings
1 – field interview card, 6 – notice to appears, 31 – reports.
On December 14 Deputy Worthington was in the area of the 800 block of North 33rd Street assisting the Fort Pierce Police Department. They were looking for a person who had nine felony and two misdemeanor arrest warrants. The suspect ran from this location and in the process battered Deputy Holbert. The suspect forced his way into a citizen's home. Deputy Worthington, along with other deputies and officers, was able to locate and arrest this dangerous suspect.
This is just one example from the many contacts Deputy Worthington has made during this quarter which shows he is making St. Lucie County a safer place.
Patrol Operations Deputy of the Year Randy Tucker
Deputy Randy Tucker takes great pride in solving problems in his assigned zone. He prioritizes his work to reduce crime within the problem areas in his zone.
For example: Deputy Tucker became aware that the Martin County Sheriff's Office was investigating a missing person complaint involving a teenage runaway. This teenager was alleged to have been spending time with an adult male in his home. Deputy Tucker conducted background information on the male. The information revealed that a known burglar was residing in the same residence. Deputy Tucker conducted a proactive patrol in the area until he was able to conduct a traffic stop on the known burglar. The traffic stop led to the discovery that the suspect was driving a stolen motorcycle. The motorcycle was recovered. The auto theft unit opened an investigation into this suspect (who currently is in our jail) and the juvenile returned home.
Deputy Tucker has proven himself to be an asset to the office and the citizens of our county.
Volunteer of the Year Richard Greenhalgh
Mr. Richard Greenhalgh volunteers in the criminal investigations division twice a week, four hours each day. During his eight hour work week, he makes follow up phone calls to victims of various crimes, attempting to gather additional information that would be helpful in solving the reported crime. He then either passes the case along to a detective or suspends the case.
Prior to Richard, CID realized zone detectives were overloaded with cases. Many were without leads but still required some attention. We found Richard through our volunteer coordinator. His work on these cases dramatically lightened the caseload on the zone detectives.
It should be noted that Richard's contact with the citizens in the community is exemplary. He is polite and compassionate with victims and gives them good advice regarding crime prevention measures. He truly cares about people being victimized by criminals. Mr. Greenhalgh is a team player and a good fit in CID. Thank you for all you do.
Life Saving Matt Reynolds
On Nov. 27 at 11:15 a.m. Deputy Matt Reynolds was dispatched to Naylor Terrace for a possible overdose of a 21 year old male. Dispatch advised the male subject was not conscious, not breathing, and turning blue.
Upon arrival, Deputy Reynolds was met by the mother who directed him to her son's bedroom. Deputy Reynolds identified the male as Cale Market. Cale was lying face up between two beds and his father was attempting to perform CPR on his son. Mr. Peter Market had been doing CPR on his son and could not do it any longer.
Deputy Reynolds assessed Cale's vital signs and found no pulse, no signs of breathing, and his face was blue. Without hesitation Deputy Reynolds began chest compressions for approximately three minutes. Cale started gargling so Deputy Reynolds stopped to check his vital signs. Again no pulse was found. Deputy Reynolds continued with chest compressions.
A minute later Cale started making a grunting sound, and Deputy Reynolds found a pulse. Cale then started having muscle spams and sporadic breathing cycles. At this point, Deputy Reynolds placed Cale, who was still unconscious, into a recovery position and monitored him until rescue arrived.
Cale Market made a full recovery and is alive today because of Deputy Matt Reynolds.
Life Saving Jeffrey Serafini
On June 24 Deputy Jeff Serafini responded as a backup deputy in reference to an aggravated battery. The victim in this case was arguing with his girlfriend. The girlfriend picked up a machete and swung it at the victim. The victim put his arm up to block and received a deep laceration to his forearm.
Deputy Serafini knew an ambulance was on the way, but realized the severity of the injury. The victim was losing blood rapidly. Deputy Serafini applied pressure dressing to slow the blood flow. He was able to keep the victim from going into shock. If it wasn't for Deputy Serafini's quick actions until paramedics arrived, the victim might not have survived.
Life Saving Clay Mangrum
On July 28 Deputy Mangrum was dispatched to a residential fire in Spanish Lakes Fairways. A pre-manufactured home was fully engulfed in flames with a large amount of black smoke pouring out of the doors and windows.
Deputy Mangrum approached the residence where he encountered one of the occupants, Mr. Case. Deputy Mangrum was able to get Mr. Case, who was barely ambulatory, away from the door way. Mr. Case said his wife was still in the mobile home and fire/rescue had not arrived. Deputy Mangrum entered the fully engulfed manufactured home to look for Mrs. Case.
Once inside, Deputy Mangrum faced extreme heat and heavy, thick black smoke. He was forced to crawl. Deputy Mangrum could hear Mrs. Case in the rear of the home. After about a minute, Deputy Mangrum was forced out of the residence due to its rapid deterioration. At this point, the fire was so intense the siding from the neighboring trailer was starting to melt away. The fire had now burned its way through the rear of the trailer causing the walls and the roof to fall apart.
Despite these conditions, Deputy Mangrum re-entered the home in a second effort to find Mrs. Case. Again, he was forced out. As fire/rescue arrived, Deputy Mangrum advised them Mrs. Case was inside the structure. Fire/rescue located Mrs. Case. However, once they reached the front door, they were unable to get her totally out of the house. Seeing this, Deputy Mangrum again returned to the house and helped them carry Mrs. Case to safety. Both Mr. and Mrs. Case were taken to Lawnwood Regional Hospital for treatment.
Gary DeShon, Adam Goodner, Mike Muller, Neil Spector
At a command staff meeting, there was discussion about creating an in-house agency award for those who have received the recognition of Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year.
Being the Exceptional Duty award is already available and is "awarded to a member or volunteer for an exceptionally competent, creditable act demonstrating personal initiative and accomplishment which brings public acclaim or recognition to the member or the Sheriff's Office". It was decided that the exceptional duty award is appropriate for members having received such recognition and it was determined that the award be issued to these individuals who have in the past received the C.I.T. Officer of the Year.
Commendation Jeff Schoner
On December 5, deputies responded to 1408 Angle Road in regards to a male attempting to commit suicide. The man had an argument with his live-in girlfriend. When deputies arrived, the male was gone. The girlfriend told the deputies that her boyfriend drank nine beers and emptied a bottle of Vicodin that was prescribed to him. A search of the area was being conducted by many deputies, and the male subject was not located.
Deputy Schoner was the pilot on duty and responded to the area in the helicopter. Deputy Schoner searched the area from the air with no luck. Deputy Schoner did not give up. He was concerned for the citizen and began his search over again. Deputy Schoner located the man in an overgrown field next to a canal, lying on his back. From the air, the subject appeared unconscious. Deputy Schoner hovered over the subject, guiding deputies and paramedics to the subject.
If not for Deputy Schoner going above and beyond search for the subject, the likelihood of the subject surviving was slim.
Commendation Troy Glover
During this second quarter, Deputy Troy Glover has demonstrated personal initiative and accomplishment which brings recognition to Squad F. He is being recognized for his assistance to his squad. A few examples for this quarter are as follows:
He backed up Deputies Sergio Lopez and Rigaberto Iglesias with a burglary in progress at Westwood High School. The deputies were on their perimeters for nearly two hours. If it wasn't for their dedication to stay on the perimeter points, the suspect would have possibly gotten away.
Deputy Glover aided Deputy Jeff Serafini at an aggravated battery crime scene on Avenue P. The victim received a deep laceration from a machete. Deputy Glover kept the area secure so Deputy Serafini could attend to the wounded victim.
Deputy Glover assisted Deputies Alonge and Deblieck in regards to a burglary in progress on Newport Drive. Thanks to his assistance an apprehension of two suspects was made.
Deputy Glover also assisted the Fort Pierce Police Department with a burglary in progress at Dan McCarty Middle School which resulted in an apprehension.
And finally, Deputy Glover assisted with a burglary to a vehicle in Savanna Club where the suspect was eventually arrested for burglary.
Parking Enforcement Unit Citation Charles Brandau,
James Brandt, AJ Constantine, Sherwin Fields, Peter Hytinen, Patrick Murray, Clive Niles, John Pescino, Richard Schneider
These gentlemen are all volunteers. Not only do they give their time in enforcing parking infractions, they also provide a courier service for the traffic unit and the patrol operations division. They deliver paperwork to the driver's administration bureau, the clerk of the courts, the state attorney's office, and other locations when needed.
his service allows for the patrol units to be free from doing this task and being able to concentrate where their services are more needed.
The parking enforcement unit members are often called to court to testify in disputes concerning parking infractions, and this time is also donated. When called, they are always on time and courteous in the courtroom for their cases. The entire unit donated 1,674 hours of service to the Sheriff's Office for the 2011 year.
These hours were free of incidents on the road and the complaints were minimal, which is rare when it comes to parking violations.
This is a testament to their professionalism, discretion, and dedication to the volunteer program, the traffic unit, and Sheriff's Office.
Patrol Support Deputy of the Quarter and Patrol Support Deputy of the Year Barry Boger
Deputy Barry Boger was with the Sheriff's Office for 25 years. For the past 13 years he was a school resource deputy. Deputy Boger worked in a number of different schools. He provided the highest degree of service to the students, faculty, and staff of the school. However, it was the school assignments over the past year that may have been most challenging of his career.
He was assigned to the Dale Cassens Education Complex and Dan McCarty Middle School. No matter if it was a severely handicapped student or a student who was a teenaged mother who brought her baby to school so she could build a better life, Deputy Boger was able to deal with every one of these students both fairly and firmly. No matter what issue or problem with the student, Deputy Boger was able to work through the issue.
Deputy Boger was an integral part of the agency's fight against gangs. He reviewed field interview cards in an effort to identify children who were possibly at risk. Once the "at risk" youth were identified, Deputy Boger coordinated with the SRDs to go out to the homes of potential gang members and speak with both the children and their parents.
Deputy Boger's years of experience as both a deputy sheriff and SRD were demonstrated on a daily basis.
Patrol Support Deputy of the Second Quarter Shirley Gill
At the beginning of April 2011, the school resource unit was hit with a manpower allocation issue that could have affected the unit. Deputy Gill had to double her responsibility as she was assigned an additional school, Palm Pointe. Deputy Gill accepted her additional responsibilities as a challenge to do an excellent job. She picked up where her predecessor at Palm Pointe left off and was able to fill the roles at both schools.
Over the course of the summer school break, the unit takes initiatives to provide St. Lucie County school children with positive activities for the summer. Deputy Gill coordinated our agency's week long, in-house summer camp and worked for two weeks with the St. Lucie County children at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches in north Florida. In addition, she worked as a member of the Florida Police and Fire Games staff. She also attended the Florida Association of School Resource Officers conference in Orlando to improve and develop her skills.
Deputy Gill has proven she is capable of tackling any task that is asked of her and does it with refreshing idealism.
Volunteer of the Quarter Dorothy Vignuolo
Dottie Vignuolo has served as a volunteer with the training unit for three years and was instrumental in keeping the training unit operational after the retirement of the unit coordinator. Dottie volunteered over 300 hours during the last quarter of 2011. Some of Dottie's accomplishments are as follows:
Dottie assumed the responsibility of the citizen's academy, the citizen's academy alumni event, and the teen driver challenge. This was in addition to the regular needs of the training unit. She worked extremely hard to ensure that all of these programs continued without interruption. Dottie continues to handle the citizen's academy program and is currently preparing for the next class.
Dottie serves as a Citizens Observation Patrol volunteer and is married to a COP group leader. This means Dottie coordinates meetings, takes and types the minutes and prepares the driving schedule, as well as patrolling the neighborhoods. She is also the neighborhood watch coordinator in her community where she addresses ongoing issues with the neighborhood and serves as the president of the St. Lucie County Neighborhood Watch Association.
Dottie exemplifies the qualities of a volunteer and demonstrates her commitment to the community.
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