Florida Sheriffs Association Names New Board Leadership
Tallahassee, Fla. (July 13, 2016) – The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest and most successful state law-enforcement associations in the nation, is pleased to announce its leadership for the coming year. Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings has been elected President of FSA. Sheriff Demings will be responsible for presiding over the association, working with the staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of the FSA and its 67 Sheriffs.
“It is truly an honor to be the new President of FSA,” Demings said. “I am thrilled to serve as the leader of such a worthy organization, and I will not take this opportunity lightly.”
Sheriff Jerry L. Demings is a native of Orlando and was elected as the first black Orange County Sheriff in 2008. He is married to former Orlando Police Chief Valdez B. Demings, who was the first female Police Chief in the history of Orlando. Prior to being sheriff, Demings was appointed as the Director of Public Safety for Orange County in October 2002. There he oversaw several Orange County Departments including the Jail, Fire Department, Public Safety Communications and Emergency Operations.
Sheriff Demings is a graduate of Jones High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Orlando College, which is now Everest University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and is listed in Who's Who Among College Students. He is a graduate of the 194th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and studied at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Other FSA Board Appointments are:
• Vice President: Sheriff Mike Adkinson, Walton County
• Secretary: Sheriff Mark Hunter, Columbia County
• Treasurer: Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County
• Immediate Past President: Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Alachua County
Deputy Nicholas Worthy of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
Honored as the 2016 Florida Sheriffs Association’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Tallahassee, Fla. (July 13, 2016) – The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) has announced that Deputy Nicholas Worthy of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2016 “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.” Worthy was recognized with a Medal of Valor and a Life Saving Award for his heroic actions in two separate incidents in 2015.
In February of 2015, Worthy and two other deputies responded to a vehicle fire at a house in Cocoa. The fire had fully engulfed the driveway and spread to the carport, blocking all entry and exit points of the home. Worthy and the other officers broke a bedroom window to carry the resident occupant to safety.
After a full inspection, it was found that the fire was arson set with the intentions of trapping the occupant inside. Without the heroic actions of Worthy and his colleagues, the victim certainly would not have survived.
Worthy and the two other officers received a Life Saving Bar because of this incident.
On March 9, 2015, Worthy responded to a shooting call near a residential area in Cocoa. When he arrived on the scene the shooter fired at Worthy and hit the passenger side of his car. Remaining calm while the shooter advanced toward him, and after experiencing a double feed weapon malfunction, Worthy found opportunity to fire at the suspect and defuse the threat.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey says, “I could not be more proud of Deputy Nick Worthy for everything he does to protect our community and his heroic life saving actions. He is a shining example of dedication to protecting our citizens with compassion, professionalism and courage!”
Prior to his service with Brevard County, Nicholas Worthy served several tours overseas as a US Army Ranger Sergeant and Team Leader. He was awarded with the Bronze Star Medal of Valor in combat for his heroic actions in Afghanistan.
It is clear to tell that whether serving Brevard County or our Nation at large, Nicholas Worthy is one of the few who are willing to run toward danger instead of away. Because of his dedicated service, he will receive the “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” award at The Florida Sheriff’s Association’s Annual Summer Conference in July.
The 2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year video is available here: https://youtu.be/g6ujyOnTMt8 (https://youtu.be/g6ujyOnTMt8)\
Thank You Bill Huston for your LEO support!
What a great surprise!
This morning the staff of Farm Credit came to the Sheriff’s Office with their arms loaded full of goodies to show their support for Law Enforcement. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our thanks to them.
Back row: Capt. John Rhoden, PIO Michele Bell, Victim Services Joan Johnson, Jonrob Challacombe, Exec. Asst. Connie Curry, Nicole Stinson and David Greene
Front row: Det. Sgt. Jimmy Mills, Det. Mark Shireman and Det. Cpl. Ted VanDeman
Not pictured: Farm Credit staff Joyce Thomas, Terry Roller and John Macchia