Kudos to Deputy Sheriff Jessica Francis!
Deputy Jessica Francis from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida contacted Sergeant Rafferty in reference to a stranded friend located in Bucks County. The Family, One of which is a disabled autistic 5 year old girl were stuck at a hotel room in Bensalem, Bucks County. She requested my assistance involving a vehicle repair. I contacted the local dealership and was told it was going to take longer than expected. So Sgt Rafferty went with Plan B! Sgt Rafferty gathered some Deputies from Our Agency along with the assistance from Bensalem Township Sergeant Blickly and Middletown Twp Sgt Kroiss and officer Berry. We decided this little girl drove from Florida to Pennsylvania just to go to Sesame place, and We were going to make it happen. The Bucks County Sheriff’s Office along with the assistance of Bensalem Township Police and Middletown Police transported the family to Sesame Place! Special thank You's to Deputy Rick Otto, Deputy Matthew Allen, Sgt Blickly, Sgt Kroiss, and Patrolman Berry for your assistance in such a heart warming adventure!
“Blue blood runs deep”, stated Deputy Francis.
The Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association Call on
All Elected Officials, Business Leaders, Religious Organizations, and Citizens to
Vocally Support Law Enforcement Officers as well as the Profession of Law Enforcement
Tallahassee | July 21, 2016
Recently, there have been several tragic, unnecessary shootings that resulted in the death of law enforcement officers in cities like Dallas and Baton Rouge. Law enforcement officers are the peacekeepers and protectors of our American homeland. The senseless killing of a police officer is devastating for their families, colleagues, and the communities in which they live and serve.
We ask for prayers and support for the victims and their families. We also ask the community to report suspicious behavior that may assist authorities in identifying those who are planning violence. The goal is to prevent impending attacks and preserve all human life.
We stand in solidarity with the brave men and women in law enforcement who are charged with enforcing laws in a fair and impartial manner and who do so every day without regard to a person's race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, or creed. Law enforcement officers handle the vast majority of their responses to calls for service without the use of any physical force. Research proves that suspects are rarely injured or killed while in police custody. But there has been a false narrative propagated by some in the media and others who have self-serving interests that law enforcement officers across the nation have developed patterns of excessive use of force.
The Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association call on all elected officials and community leaders to end the negative rhetoric that drives a wedge between the police and citizens. The Sheriffs and Police Chiefs of Florida will work diligently to build strong relationships with our communities to ensure that all interactions are safe for both the citizens and law enforcement.
Kay Shireman, daughter of Detective Mark Shireman made a visit to the office this morning and brought her sign she painted and some homemade cookies. YUM!
Pictured with Kay: K-9 Deputy Sheriff Kristin Gray, Detective Sport Pickering, Kay, Detective Bryan Lowe and Detective Cpl. Rosemary Farless