Monday, May 06, 2013

Sheriff's Office Employees Honored

OKEECHOBEE, FL. -- Six employees of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office were recognized for the first quarter of 2013. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: administration employee, citizen volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement.

The recipients of the award are as follows:

Administrative Employee – Amy Fisher
Citizen Volunteer – Chaplain Joe Bishop
Detention Deputy – D/D Karen Greene
Law Enforcement-Sgt. Rob Coleman, D/S Matt Crawford, D/S Joe Gracie

Amy Fisher was nominated by Captain Bell. “Amy has been a great asset to road patrol during the transition to the new Spillman system. She has put in countless hours and has answered all questions with help provided to everyone that has asked. She has definitely made the change a lot easier.”

Chaplain Joe Bishop was nominated by Juanita White, for Volunteer of the Quarter. “Joe is there no matter what time of the day or night, not only for his law enforcement family but for families that are victims of crimes. He never turns down a call. He lifts our spirits every Wednesday morning with his lessons on how to handle the times we live in today by using scenarios from the Bible and comparing them to the situation in our lives today. By doing this, he shows us how we can handle circumstances and stay true to God.”

Karen Greene was nominated by Lt. Scott Deloney, who stated, “Ms. Greene has displayed a positive attitude and is a hidden gem to the department. Karen is in charge of the laundry and makes sure it is passed out in a timely manner. In addition, she also assists me in selecting trustees. She is a great asset not just to me, but to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. She takes pride in her work and settles for nothing less.”

Sgt. Rob Coleman, D/S Matt Crawford and D/S Joe Gracie were all nominated for Deputy Sheriff of the Quarter by Captain Bell. 

"On February 16, 2013, Martin County had a homicide and the suspect was in route to Okeechobee County, still armed. Law enforcement from both agencies pursued the suspect. The suspect’s vehicle landed in Henry Creek. The suspect would not comply with orders given. The listed deputies entered the water to gain control of the suspect and rescue two juvenile females, the suspect would not turn over to deputies. Subsequently, the suspect was apprehended and the juveniles were rescued unharmed. I know what it’s like to enter water to apprehend a suspect and I can assure you it is not pleasant. These deputies show that they have what it takes to carry out a mission and not complain . This is most certainly a job well done.” 

Sheriff May said of these employees, “I am very proud of these employees. Day in and day out they perform their duties in an outstanding manner. I appreciate them dedicating themselves to Okeechobee County when most of them could go to an adjoining County and make more money. They never cease to amaze me on just how dedicated they are.”

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