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|Re: Employees of the 1st Quarter 2012|
|Friday, 20 April 2012 15:18|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
RE: Employees of the 1st Quarter 2012
Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the “Employees of the 1st Quarter” of 2012.
Four employees were recognized for the first quarter of 2012. 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 – Kay Schoonmaker
Kay Schoonmaker was nominated by Juanita White. “Kay has been with the Sheriff’s Office since December 31, 1990 and has shown great dedication to this department. Along with being the receptionist, she has been given additional assignments in the new records division. Kay has shown a work ethic, that is missing in most people, that I truly admire.”
Citizen Volunteer – Eileen Dieson
Eileen Dieson was nominated by Sgt. Keith Stripling, for Volunteer of the Quarter. “Eileen’s dedication and never tiring spirit has been an inspiration to others within the COP unit for many years. Within this quarter Eileen has contributed in excess of (100) hours of volunteer service, both between COP patrol and special events.”
Detention Deputy – D/D Stacey Ellerbee
Stacey Ellerbee was nominated by Sgt. Randy Worth and Lt. Hortman. Sgt. Worth stated, “Mrs. Ellerbee is great to work with and proven herself to be one of the most reliable, resourceful and multifaceted deputies to work in the jail. Lt. Hortman stated, “Officer Ellerbee is a well disciplined officer when dealing with inmates or any situation that may arise in her duties as an officer.”
Law Enforcement – Steven Pollock
Deputy Sheriff Steven Pollock was nominated for Deputy Sheriff of the Quarter by Sgt. Briand Hagan and Cpl. Donald Ellis. On January 29, 2012, Deputy Pollock was dispatched to a burglary. He then heard dispatch advise that EMS was responding to another call in reference to a two year old child that was choking. Deputy Pollock deviated from the burglary call, to help the child. Deputy Pollock arrived and was able to dislodge an object(pickle) from the child’s throat. EMS arrived seven minutes later. Due to Deputy Pollock’s calmness and the quick action that he took on that day and the prolonged time period between his arrival and the arrival of EMS, it is believed that he saved the child’s life.
Unit Citation-Criminal Investigations Division(CID)
Also this quarter, a unit citation was awarded to members of the Criminal Investigations Division(CID), nominated by Detective Lt. Brad Stark. On February 2, 2012, at approximately 9:00 p.m., an armed robbery occurred. An unknown masked gunman held a shotgun to the head of a store clerk, who was robbed of cash and the gunman fled the scene.
The on-call detective was called along with the victim’s advocate, due to the distraught state of the victim over the ordeal. A canvassing team of detective and crime scene was established to search for evidence and potential witnesses. Items related to the robbery were found. Information was obtained on possible suspects and background information was provided. Investigations of witnesses and suspects were conducted. Based on the investigative efforts of all involved with this investigation, the suspect was in custody by 2p.m. the following day, less than 24 hours after the crime.
Those being recognized are the following: Detective Bill Suggs, Victim’s Advocate Joan Johnson, Detective Bryan Lowe, Detective Sgt. Jimmy Mills, Detective Augustine Saucedo, Crime Scene Technicians Kathleen Watson and Jackie Moore, Detective Javier Gonzalez, Detective Rosemary Farless, Detective Marty Faulkner, Analyst Connie Curry, Detective Ted VanDeman and Detective Lt. Brad Stark.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and the recipients of these awards.
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972