Law Enforcement Torch Run 2016/BBQ Rib Dinner for Special Olympics
Thank you to all the participants in this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run. Every year our run in Okeechobee continues to grow with more and more runners. This year we also had a few bicyclists. Thank you to Courtney Lapp of Tin Fish Restaurant, John Geitner of Seacoast Bank, Sylvia at Zippy’s Wings, Bruce and Mary Ann Swinford of Big Lake Missions, Publix, Shirley Willis of Edward Jones, Cy of Bernie Little and OCSO Food Service.
Also, thank you to everyone that purchased a BBQ rib dinner.
Nicole Owens and Scott Videl were each presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.
On February 26, 2016, 9 year old Clayton Wolf was walking to a friend’s house. Neighbor Nicole Owens heard a terrifying scream and ran down her driveway to see what the screams were about. As she got to the gate she could see several dogs and one was attacking Clayton. Nicole ran up and grabbed the dog. The dog then turned and bit Nicole. Another neighbor, Scott Videl heard screaming and dogs barking. He grabbed his keys and a golf club, jumped into his truck and went to the area the screams and barking were coming from. He saw a dog attacking Nicole and Clayton. Scott was able to fend off the dog from attacking any more until help arrived. Nicole and Clayton have each recovered from the attack.
Undersheriff Noel Stephen stated, “The Sheriff's Office wanted to recognize these citizens for going above and beyond. Their actions, without a doubt, saved this young man’s life! We get so busy with life to just say "Thank you" sometimes and this was the least we could do.”
Thank you to Nicole and Scott for your quick actions and selfless act of heroism.
(pictured left to right, Undersheriff Noel Stephen, Nicole Owens, Clayton Wolf, Scott Videl and Animal Control Sgt. Arlene Durbin)
Truck donated to Okeechobee Correctional Institution
“This is a surplus high mileage 4x4 vehicle donated to the K-9 Unit. Their unit assists us numerous times throughout the year on people and article searches. We feel that the minimal monies obtained in trading this vehicle would be better served in upgrading the OCI K-9 Unit with this surplus vehicle”, stated Undersheriff Noel Stephen.
Pictured: Undersheriff Noel Stephen and OCI Warden Lars Severson
Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Deputies at Ceremony
Tallahassee, FL (May 23, 2016) – On May 2 2016, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all of the deputies and officers who gave their lives in service of the law and to the state of Florida. At the ceremony, three names were added to the FSA Memorial Wall. FSA President Sheriff Sadie Darnell and Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley joined Sheriffs from across the state at the FSA Memorial Wall to celebrate the lives of the men and women who died while serving their communities.
Each year, the first Monday of May is dedicated to remembering both those who put their lives on the line every day and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This solemn event allows families, friends, and brothers-in-arms to pay tribute to their loved ones and see their names etched into history on the Memorial Wall.
“It is truly an honor to serve beside so many brave men and women,” said FSA President and Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell. “The loss of a fellow deputy, no matter where it happens, affects us all; we each share that pain.”
Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley was the keynote speaker, honoring the life of one of his own deputies. “The dedication to law enforcement by every person whose name is on this wall is unparalleled,” said Sheriff Ashley. “To die in the line of duty is the greatest sacrifice, and this memorial ensures that their memories will live on in the hearts and prayers of their family, friends, brothers, and sisters.”
Three names were honored at FSA Memorial ceremony:
· Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputy Sheriff William J. Myers| End of Watch: Tuesday, September 22, 2015| Cause of Death: Gunfire
· Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bart Broxson| End of Watch: December 24, 1959| Cause of Death: Auto accident
· St. Lucie County Deputy Soren Sorensen | End of Watch: March 20, 1935 | Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
The hundreds in attendance paid a special tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty with a moment of silence as a riderless horse was led across the memorial.
The Florida Sheriffs Association established the granite Memorial Wall in 2002 to honor all the heroes of sheriffs' offices killed in the line of duty. Each day that our sheriffs and deputies dedicate themselves to protecting Floridians is a day for us to remember those who have passed. Engraved on the wall is a verse that encompasses the feeling of sacrifice made by these fallen heroes: “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.” John 15:13
Find more information on the FSA website memorial page (https://www.flsheriffs.org/about_us/memorial/) .