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|Re: Employees of the 4th Quarter 2012|
|Thursday, 07 March 2013 16:14|
Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the “Employees of the 4th 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 - Jackie Moore
Jackie Moore was nominated by Det. Lt. Brad Stark, who stated, “Currently, she is our only 'expert' latent fingerprint examiner. She spends countless hours entering both elimination latent fingerprints and case evidence latent fingerprints into our (AFIS) system. Due to her tireless efforts she has been able to assist law enforcement with many suspects who are now either incarcerated or pending trial and off the streets. Jackie is a valuable asset to our department.”
Citizen Volunteers - Tony Stark, James Stiert, and Eddie Lehman (not pictured)
Eddie Lehman, Tony Stark, and James Stiert were nominated by Detective Lt. Brad Stark. On the evening of October 15, 2012, at approximately 6 p.m., a distressed boater contact dispatch advising he and a 10 year old child were sinking in the lake and needed assistance. The call went out to FWC who had to pick up a boat and would be traveling from the Moore Haven area. Due to the urgency of the boat sinking and lack of daylight hours left, an immediate response was made. Search and rescue members responded to the search and rescue building to assist. Upon reaching the building, they found they were unable to access the storage area and had to improvise by bypassing the ignition of one of the boats to gain operation of the vessel. The team was able to reach the stranded boaters finding the boat submerged and rescuing the occupants before nightfall.
Detention Deputy - Monica Rubens
Monica Rubens was nominated by Lt. Van Hortman. “She is very knowledgeable of every post. Officer Rubens is always willing to stay over or report early to a shift if that shift is short staffed. She shows excellent working skills at all times.”
Law Enforcement - Heath Hughes
Heath Hughes was nominated by Detective Lt. Brad Stark, Kathleen Watson, Sgt. Shannon Peterson and Detective Cpl. Shane Snyder. “Upon conducting a security search of a building due to a broken gate and checking the doors to the building and looking inside the windows, the deputy noticed several boxes containing spice packages. Knowing that this was a potential illegal activity, the Narcotics division was contacted which subsequently led to search warrants and the seizure of a spice manufacturing lab consisting of several thousand dollars in potential hazardous materials that could be sold to citizens of our community. A few weeks prior to this incident, Deputy Hughes conducted a burglary investigation which led investigators to a suspect and later the recovery of a stolen vehicle. Due to the officer’s willingness to conduct a thorough investigation in both incidents, a criminal is off the streets and the community has become a safer place to live in.”
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