January 22, 2009

Sheriff's SWAT trains for Hazardous Materials


Two members of the Sheriff's SWAT team, Juan Llera and Joel Slough, don hazardous materials gear in preparation for their HazSWAT course in Broward County recently.


Monroe County SWAT team members Ken Fricke and Juan Llera in their gear at the HazSWAT course in Broward County last week.

Broward County - Four members of the Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team attended a special course in handling hazardous materials last week in Broward County alongside members of the Broward and Palm Beach County SWAT teams.

The course is called Hazardous Materials Incident Response for law enforcement tactical Officers, or HazSWAT. It is a course in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response specifically designed for the tactical law enforcement officer. The course is compliant with Osha's standards 29 CFR 1910.120 and 1926.65, which cover emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances (HAZWOPER).

Among other things, the course teaches tactical officers Evidence Preservation and Sampling; Air Monitoring and Sampling; Victim Rescue and Recovery; and Illicit Laboratory Incidents.

January 20, 2009

Animal Farm has new mural "Friends of the Farm"

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public on Sunday, January 25th from 1 to 3pm.  New at the farm is this mural, titled "Friends of the Farm", by trusty Ann Ard. Ard is a local artist from Marathon currently doing time in the Monroe County Detention Center.

The mural will be used as a donor wall on which plaques will be installed to recognize donations to the farm of $500.00 or more. 

The Animal Farm has many wonderful animals, including Piglet, Eeyore the Donkey who loves human attention; two female sheep, both of which have lambs with them; a bull calf and a blind horse who was starving and badly cared for when she was picked up in Dade County, but is recovering quickly and is a wonderful addition to the farm.

There is Tina the Key Deer who continues to grow and loves to visit with children and adults alike and there are, as always,  tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise, an Emu, an Albino Hedgehog, Patagonian Cavys and more!

The Children's Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off of College Road. It is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm. For further information on the farm or to make a contribution, contact Farm Supervisor Jeanne Selander at (305)293-7300.

January 8, 2009

Show your support for the Soldier Ride

The Soldier Ride is coming to the Keys Friday January 16th and Saturday January 17th and now is your chance to show support for returning wounded soldiers.

This is a cross-country cycling event to aid in the rehabilitation of the men and women who return home with injuries incurred in current military conflicts abroad.  Participation in the cycling events by wounded soldiers provides a foundation for the development of a positive self-image and outlook on life, which speeds the rehabilitation and recovery process.

The Soldier Ride began as a cross-country bicycle ride in 2004 by Chris Carney, who bicycled across America to raise public awareness and support for injured service men and women recovering in military hospitals throughout the country.  Other severely wounded soldiers were inspired to help in this effort, joined Chris along the route and are now part of the cross-country bicycle ride.

Local public safety agencies will be providing a procession and escort for the soldiers as they travel in the Keys. A strong show of support from the community will go far to boosting these soldier’s morale and showing them their service is appreciated. Please turn out and cheer them on as they pass your area.

On Friday January 16th, 2009 the procession will start at 11:45 am from Coral Shores High School in Islamorada. It will travel along the old road and continue on to Holiday Isle where the soldiers will stop for lunch.

They will be shuttled to Grassy Key where they will continue their ride at approximately 2:30 p.m. from the 58 mile marker to the south end of 7 Mile Bridge, riding through Marathon around 3:00 p.m.

On Saturday January 19th the soldiers will ride into Key West, beginning from the Boca Chica Naval Air Station at approximately 10:45 a.m. There will be a procession through old town which will continue on to the Truman Annex.

Please be patient during these times if you are traveling by vehicle in the affected areas. There will be signs reminding motorists of the event roadside several days prior to its start.

January 7, 2009

Sheriff's Animal Farm open Sunday January 11th

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, January 7, 2009  between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the farm.

The Animal Farm has many wonderful animals, including Piglet, a baby pig who just loves to be petted; Eeyore the Donkey who also loves human attention; two female sheep, both of which have lambs with them who were born recently; a bull calf and a blind horse who was starving and obviously badly cared for when she was picked up in Dade County, but is recovering quickly is still very friendly to people and is a wonderful addition to the farm. There is Tina the Key Deer who continues to grow and loves to visit with children and adults alike and there are, as always,  tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise, an Emu, an Albino Hedgehog, Patagonian Cavys and more!

The Children's Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off of College Road. It is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.