Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the "Employees of the 1st Quarter" of 2015.
Four employees and two squads were recognized for the first quarter of 2015. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: administration employee, citizen volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement. The recipients are as follows:
Administrative Employee – Gayle Estes
Citizen Volunteer – Jerry Trout
Detention Deputy – D/D David Rogers
Law Enforcement – D/S Yero Todman
Squad - Road Patrol B Squad(Sgt. Paul Ferrell, Cpl. Matt Hurst, D/S Grumbling, D/S Bryan Holden, D/S Ryane Ammons
Squad - Road Patrol D Squad(Lt. Shannon Peterson, Sgt. Chris Hans, D/S Marcus Collier, D/S Paul Jackson, D/S Joey Hall, D/S Cody Hurst)
Gayle Estes was nominated by Connie Curry. "Gayle has taken on additional job duties by working visitation when needed. She also managed the inmate canteen by herself for six weeks due to a medical absence of another employee. She has accepted the cross training assignment and is training a new employee to work in canteen. Her cooperation during this transition is greatly appreciated," stated Connie.
Jerry Trout was nominated by Captain Gary Bell. Captain Bell stated, "I would like to nominate Jerry for Citizen volunteer of the first quarter. Jerry is actively involved with the COP program and dedicates many hours to out agency. He is always willing and helpful with a positive attitude when asked to do anything."
David Rogers was nominated by Sgt. Iris Marrero, who states, "I would like to nominate Deputy David Rogers. I can always count on David to show up for work with a positive attitude. He doesn't complain when we are short shift and he has to take on extra duties or work different assignments. He is an excellent asset to this department and my squad. Thank you Deputy Rogers for all your hard work. I appreciate all you do for us."
Captain Gary Bell nominated Deputy Sheriff Yero Todman for officer of the quarter. "Todman always shows up to work with a positive attitude. He hustles and does his job the way it is supposed to be done with no questions when given a task", stated Captain Bell.
Also this quarter, two squads were recognized for their performance.
Road Patrol Squad B-Nominated by Captain Bell who stated, "On Friday, April 3, 2015, Good Friday, Sgt. Paul Ferrell, Cpl Matt Hurst, D/S Matt Grumbling, D/S Bryan Holden and D/S Ryan Ammons went above and beyond in their duties. They were accompanied by Tiffany Hurst, Casey Hurst, Hannah Ferrell and Luke Enfinger. This group took it upon themselves to help a 92 year old lady with cleaning up a mess that was left by a subject that took advantage of her. The subject had defrauded her out of $11,000.00 and had only cut the tree down, leaving the mess for her to deal with. This group of outstanding individuals, took the task on their own and cleaned the mess up on their day off. They were also assisted by Waste Management who donated a container and disposal fees. I would like to recommend the deputies for a unit citation for their outstanding service to the citizens of Okeechobee County. The actions of the citizens that helped should also e recognized."
Road Patrol Squad D-Nominated by Captain Bell. "I would like to take this time to nominate D Squad for a unit commendation. On 3/19/15 they responded and handled a suicide attempt with a weapon. The subject did in fact shoot himself in the upper mouth area with a pellet gun. Not knowing what was taking place, they put a very good tactical plan together, and made sow entry. They did find the subject lying on the bed with a weapon on his chest. They were able to gain control through verbal commands and get the medical help as well as mental help the subject needed. They used the tools that were provided to them, and this is an example of good sound tactical principle. Job Well Done", stated Captain Bell.
Sheriff May said of the awards, "I'm very proud of our employees who do a wonderful job every day. This past quarter these employees excelled and I appreciate what they did for our office and our county."
Congratulations to all of the nominees and the recipients of these awards.
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the 19th Judicial Circuit Victim's Rights Coalition, along with Martha's House of Okeechobee and the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office hosted a one day "Ride for Rights" motorcycle Fun Run. This ride was open to the public and consisted of both civilian riders and law enforcement riders traveling through multi jurisdictions; starting at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, and traveling to the Port St. Lucie Police Department, Treasure Coast Harley Davidson, Martin County (Indiantown) sub-station, and into Okeechobee County. This was a 115 mile motorcycle run where all the bikes were escorted by Law Enforcement the entire ride.
This was the 10th annual ride and was established to provide awareness for victims of crimes. The Victim's Rights Coalition is comprised of members across the Treasure Coast to include Okeechobee, Martin, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties and are dedicated to assisting/advocating for victims of crime and their rights as victims.
Their Mission Statement is to increase community awareness to victim issues and to increase awareness of community services and support. The month of April from the 19th through the 25th is National Crime Victims Rights week. The 19th Judicial Circuit Victims Rights Coalition observes this week and hosts many events to give awareness to victims of crimes.
We would like to thank all that participated in this event to include the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Eagle Riders #4509 and the Blue Nights organizations, as well as all participants of the ride. Thank you to the sponsors/vendors: Gretchen Robertson State Farm, Treasure Coast Harley Davidson, Everglades Farm Equipment, Chobee Steelers Band, B & B Crafts, Big Red Bus, Lounge at Sacred Sanctuary, Superior Water, Plaster Playtime, Beck Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Chico's Burrito Shack and the multiple agencies and officers that assisted with the escort.
During this event $1,130.00 was raised from the bike run and an additional $1,330.00 from the BBQ dinner.
A Good Deed on Good Friday
Sergeant Paul Ferrell received a call from an elderly Okeechobee woman regarding an individual who defrauded her out of $11,000 to cut down an Oak tree in her backyard. The 92 year old woman stated that the individual offered to cut down the oak tree and remove debris along with grinding the tree stump. The woman paid the individual but the work was never completed!
The individual returned to her home to cut down the large oak tree but then never returned to clean up the mess! During the cutting down of the tree, the individual also broke the cable line from the house and the homeowner had to pay to have it rewired.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Officers along with other volunteers, donated their day off on "Good Friday" to helping this elderly woman who was a victim of a scam. Waste Management/Okeechobee Landfill Inc. donated a 20 yard container and disposal fees to help with the volunteer efforts.
"This type of scam is common to elderly folks, said Sgt. Ferrell. Everyone needs to be aware of individuals who knock on your door to say they "noticed a problem with your roof, trees, etc."
If you suspect a possible scam, please do not hesitate to call the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department at 863-763-3117.
Volunteer of the Year – Lt. Jason Egger
Lt. Jason Egger was nominated by Capt. Pearce. He stated, Lt. Egger has been an outstanding member of the OCSO Auxiliary. He is always available and contributes unselfishly to the auxiliary program.
Administrative Employee of the Year – Jason Knapp and Joseph Smith
Jason and Joseph were nominated by Lt. Brad Stark. "Both have been busy with renovating the computer system throughout the agency. Joseph has just recently taken care of issues with the cellular phone backup system and installed programs that have been needed by investigations. Both Jason and Joseph are easy to contact and pleasant to talk with while discussing technical issues", stated Lt. Stark.
Detention Deputy of the Year – Justin White
D/D Justin White was nominated by Lt. Rhoden and Sgt. Garland. They stated, he has great work ethic and a positive attitude. In addition to his normal duties throughout the community as the work squad supervisor, he is always willing to help out in firearms training as a firearms instructor. He has been a great asset to us and consequently to the agency as well.
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – D/S Mark Margerum
Deputy Mark Margerum was nominated by Cpl. Donald Ellis, for Law Enforcement Officer of the quarter. "Deputy Margerum did an outstanding job taking the lead in an incident that involved a child that had been taken by an individual high on methamphetamines. The abductor stated the child was a demon and he knew what he had to do with the child. The child was taken into a wooded area and if Deputy Margerum and his coworkers had not located the suspect and the juvenile, who knows that the outcome for the juvenile would have been", stated Cpl. Ellis.
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