Honoring the Honorable
It is with great sadness, we announce the death of one of Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office most cherished employees. Special Deputy Marvin "Mickey" Mann, Jr., passed away on February 26, 2014.
Special Deputy Mann has been a special deputy with the department since his retirement with the Martin County Sheriff's Office in January, 2013. Mickey had been in law enforcement over 53 years, starting his service at the Palm Beach Police Department in 1960. His career led him to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and then to the Martin County Sheriff's Office, where he achieved the rank of Undersheriff.
In 2013, when he retired he asked Sheriff Paul C. May if he could continue to serve the community where he currently lived in Ft. Drum. Sheriff May was honored to have his wealth of law enforcement knowledge and made him a Special Deputy where he served as a volunteer conducting investigations and security checks in the Ft. Drum area.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office greatly mourns the loss of our friend and co-worker.
He was greatly respected and admired.
Sheriff May said of his passing, "In the Treasure Coast area, if there has ever been a law enforcement legend, it would truly be Mickey Mann. He was a cop's cop and a man's man and he will be sorely missed by the entire law enforcement community."
Services for Special Deputy Mann will be on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. The services will be held at Oakview Baptist Church located at 677 SW 32 Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Open House Party Leads to Altercation with Serious Injuries.
On Sunday, March 2, 2014, at approximately 4:35 a.m., the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office responded to 10579 NW 4 Avenue, Okeechobee Little Farms, Okeechobee, Florida. Upon arrival deputies were advised that an altercation had taken place and a sixteen year old victim was run over by a truck.
According to witnesses, all parties involved had been at an open house party, located in the Okeechobee Little Farms neighborhood, earlier Saturday evening. An argument ensued, and the subjects left the party. After some time, the two parties encountered one another again. An altercation ensued which ultimately led to the victim being ran over by an F-150 Ford pick-up.
The sixteen year old victim was flown to Lawnwood Regional Hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition.
This case is still under investigation. No further information to be released at this time.
During the week of February 8, 2014, through February 20, 2014, Motor Unit Deputy Sheriff Adrian Rogers, conducted an operation within the neighborhoods of Okeechobee. This operation was to increase the awareness of drivers of the speed limits and traffic laws in residential neighborhoods.
The weeklong operation yielded (40) warnings and (11) citations. This will be an ongoing operation throughout Okeechobee County.
Undersheriff Noel Stephen stated of the operation, "We will continue to work on improving the safety within our residential neighborhoods for our residents. These awareness campaigns are an attempt to educate residents of the posted speed limits that are one of the biggest complaints in almost every neighborhood. Our one man traffic unit is dedicated to that endeavor and does a wonderful job but is only one man. We hope that these types of campaigns will be productive and effective."
Beware of scams
Scammers continue to target everyone, regardless of age, gender, education or income level. Scams can cost people a lot of money and cause a great deal of distress.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office has received numerous complaints of possible scammers in Okeechobee County.
Follow these golden rules to help protect yourself and your family from scams.
- If it looks too good to be true—it probably is.
- Use your common sense: the offer may be a scam.
- ALWAYS get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.
- Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers.
- Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.
- NEVER send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
- Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank.
- Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.
If you feel you have been a victim of a scam, contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, (863)763-3117.
Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the "Employees of the Year" of 2013.
Six employees were recognized for the Employees of the Year 2013. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: Administration Employee, Citizen Volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement. The recipients are as follows:
Administration Employee – Amy Fisher
Citizen Volunteer – T.J. Parrish
Detention Deputy – James "Roy" Bush
Law Enforcement – Sgt. Rob Coleman, K-9 D/S Matt Crawford, D/S Joe Gracie
Administrative Employee of the Year – Amy Fisher
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."
Volunteer of the Year – T.J. Parrish
T. J. was nominated by Captain Gary Bell. Captain Bell stated, "T.J. serves as a SRT Medic. As a volunteer, T.J. receives no pay however, whenever we have called T.J., he is there for the SRT team and stays as long as needed. I nominate T.J. on behalf of the entire SRT Team."
Detention Deputy of the Year – James "Roy" Bass
Roy was nominated by Sgt. Randy Worth and Lt. John R. Rhoden. Sgt. Worth stated that "Roy deserves the award for his consistent hard work, good personal and work ethics, professionalism, ability to get along with everyone, ability to learn and teach. His job proficiency and many other great traits that make him a great employee and an asset to the department". Lt. Rhoden nominated Roy for his attempt at saving a life. In May, 2013, Officer Bass, on his way to work, stopped at a convenience store. A worker found an unconscious person. Officer Bass and the store worker initiated CPR until instructed to stop. Unfortunately the person was pronounced deceased. Lt. Rhoden stated, "Officer Bass showed no hesitation in acting as a first responder through the training received at this department. It is through his actions that give me faith in his ability to prove asset to this department."
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – Rob Coleman, Matt Crawford, Joe Gracie
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,"It is my pleasure to recognize these employees for their outstanding performance. I'm proud of all my employees and I could not ask for a better group of people to work with. They continuously amaze me on a daily basis."
Congratulations to all of the nominees and the recipients of these awards.