Newsletter published by the Community Relations Division of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, for Monroe County Sheriff's Office employees.
To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, free of charge, click below:
The Accreditation Team: Left to right,
Olga Brown, Lt. Bruce
Winegarden, Sheriff Rick Roth, Director Michael Scott and
Inspector Lynne McNeill.
To accolades and applause, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received approval Saturday on its bid to become nationally accredited.
79 law enforcement agencies from across
the nation that have been participating in the accreditation process attended a
“There were some agencies that did not pass the process at all, and some which were accredited, but have provisions they must comply with in order to remain accredited. We received our accreditation with no strings attached – they were impressed with our compliance with their standards and had no issues with our agency at all,” he said.
“We are proud to say we are now nationally accredited by CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.),” said Sheriff Richard Roth. “Director Mike Scott, Lt. Bruce Winegarden, Inspector Lynne McNeill and assistant Olga Brown worked hard to make sure our agency fulfilled all CALEA requirements. They should be commended for their commitment to bringing our agency into compliance with those requirements,” he said.
A team of assessors from CALEA visited the Keys in December to examine all aspects of the Monroe County Sheriff Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the team that Monroe County Sheriff Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
The Monroe County Sheriff Office had to comply with 379 standards in order to gain accredited status. The Accreditation Program Manager for Monroe County Sheriff Office is Lt. Bruce T. Winegarden.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please visit their web site at http://www.calea.org/index1 or call (800) 368-3757 or (703)352-4225.
the beautiful tropics of the
Cotton lasts longer, is more comfortable, and could be possible even save the department money in the long run. Could this be a possibility in the future?
Answered by Sheriff Rick Roth (with assistance from Fashion Consultant, Colonel Bill McDonald): We have considered cotton a number of times in the past. At one time, we even issued cotton shirts. The problem with cotton is that it wrinkles quickly and looks very unkempt. It’s an appearance thing.
By Lt. Bill Moran
You've often hear it said "time flies." You've probably often asked yourself, "Where did the time go?" Well, I've been saying both recently; while sitting at my desk, looking at my D.R.O.P. retirement papers. Suddenly, "time has flown," and I have no answer to" Where did the time go?" So, after due consideration, I have decided to rely on another old adage. "Don't make an important decision until you've slept on it." If you've never heard that one before, I claim all copy rights as of this article. What it means to me is, as long as I am sleeping well, I don't have to decide about filling out the papers; or mailing them. Now that should draw some "damn its" from those aspiring to promotion.
Speaking of upward
mobility, this last month has seen quite a bit of movement in Sector 7. We bid farewell to Caren Casper, our Property
Assistant; who move on to a Call Taker position in the newest, most high-tech,
state of the art, and really cool new
Also new to the Sector 7 family, though it will be a few pay periods before he can fill a position, is Daniel LaRochell. Rooky Daniel weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 ounces, on January 30th; and was immediately issued two infant footprint cards and a set of M.C.S.O. General Orders. Congratulations to Greg and wife Nielette. Greg is assigned to Zone 3, Ocean Reef. This is the second time Greg and Neilette have contributed to continuation of the species. Only two years ago, their daughter Amanda arrived. Greg, trust me on this. It's not the water.
We want to extend a warm
welcome to our newest deputy, Jon Andersen, who will report to Sector 7 Field
Training on April 1st. Jon is a
"semi-local;" meaning he hails from North of Mile Marker 112.5. Jon resides in
Congratulations are definitely in order for Dep. Larry Benedict on completion of 10 years continuous service at Ocean Reef. Ten years of outstanding performance, in the same unit, same zone; and without a complaint or negative document in file. That's something to crow about. Of course, some people think as soon as you talk about it, it will change. Like you never say, " It's really slow today;" while you are on duty................it will change.
A hearty well done to Detective Dillon Corr for his innovative method of turning off a marked unit. It seems there was this off duty detail at a local church (a really big white building, that belongs to God, and holds lots of people;) was holding its annual carnival. Like any large event, you have to have traffic control for safety. By putting a marked unit in the median, with its overhead lights on, you cause the passing traffic to slow down. The deputy driving the unit can then lock it and proceed to a second traffic control point. You don't have to be an electrical engineer to know you must also leave the engine running to avoid killing the battery.
Problem.............An air cooled engine needs air to cool........duh! If anything interrupts the cooling system, overheating will result. Guess what? Deputy Andrew Laird's marked unit failed to cool. It got hotter, and hotter, and finally began belching smoke \ steam. Seeing this, Det. Corr rushed to the smoking unit, found it appropriately locked, and radioed for Dep. Leird to respond to his unit. Now, Murphy's Law states, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible moment." The radio call to Dep. Leird doesn't make the trip. (More smoke \ steam). Det. Corr, realizing he was rapidly running out of time before serious damage to the engine occurred, decided to enter the unit without benefit of a key. Point to the story..............The cost of replacing a window is tons cheaper that replacing an engine.........................Don't ya think. Good job Dillon.
No Sector 7 article would be complete without a little Records Unit humor. Now heaven knows our Records folks have a lot of work to do, all the time. They have more rules about what copies of reports go to what other units or agencies, what info has to be entered into what system, etc. On top of this, they get to answer phones, on issues completely unrelated to what they were doing, assist walk-in citizens at the front counter; then get back to what they were doing before the phone \ people interruption. You can see it's perfectly understandable if a little confusion takes place. Like trying to run a local warrants check on a guy named Jack Hammer; instead of running a piece of power equipment to see if it's reported stolen. By the way, there are no outstanding warrants for Mr. Jack Hammer...................nor is he stolen. (Sorry Chris, but I just had to tell.)
I want to wish the very
best of luck to Sgt. Lou Caputo on his selection to attend the Southern Police
Institute session at
I would love to rattle on, but time and space in the Rap Sheet are limited. So, from Sector 7 to the M.C.S.O., best of luck, stay well and stay safe.
Recently we had an aggravated assault in which a man with a machete attacked a Key West Police detective then barricaded himself in his residence on Big Coppitt Key. These types of situations have the highest potential for injury and/or death, either to officers or to the suspect himself.
The on scene supervisor was Sgt. Daryl Hull along with Deputies Geni Hernandez and Freddy Rodriquez, who set up an inner perimeter and prepared for the long haul. The SWAT Team was called in, along with a Sniper and hostage negotiations all of whom had a response time of under thirty minutes.
This mission went very smoothly due to several key elements, which are needed to ensure a safe and proper outcome: Co-operation, communication, team work and a professional, dedicated group of men and women.
With an inner and outer perimeter set up Hostage Negotiator Det. Sgt. Bobby Randolph did a wonderful job starting a dialog with the suspect in order to negotiate and attempt to resolve the incident. The S.W.A.T. team was on scene and preparing to take over the inner perimeter, while our sniper teams were already on post and acting as covering officers, gathering intelligence and prepared to take the shot in the event they were given a “Green Light”. The suspect was seen with a weapon and was heard charging a round into it as he made threats to officers about entering the residence. Within an hour of the event Sgt. Randolph was able to get the subject to step out of his house just feet away from the open door, where the inner perimeter units directed by Sgt. Hull were able to surprise him and secure him.
Deputy Hernandez arrested the subject and transported him to the detention center. Members of the Special Investigations Division then drafted a search warrant to enter the residence in order to secure evidence as well as any other weapons to be taken for safe keeping. Patrol remained on scene to secure the property and ensure the integrity of the crime scene until the search warrant could be signed by a judge and served.
Hours later the search warrant was obtained and served on the un-cooperative wife, which lead to the recovery of the machete used in the crime as well as a vast number of firearms both small and large. This incident came to a positive conclusion due to the outstanding efforts of many members of this agency from different units who were all working toward a common goal.
I would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication and service.
Recently the lower Keys Sector had it's Kid's Fishing Tournament at
On March 21st the
They attempted determine his identity, but he gave false information (surprise), had no I.D. He’d shaved his beard and was wearing regular clothing. The units transported him to the main jail for further investigation where he continued to lie and claim that it was not him but officers were soon able to confirm his identity as our escapee and he was booked into the jail on an escape warrant obtained by C.I.U. The officers involved were Deputies Geni Hernanadez, Frank Gianino, Jimmy Willams and Detective Ben Lowe and my thanks go out to them for their great work.
Our people here in Sector 1 are a constant source of material for this article, let me tell you. All I have to do is keep my eyes and ears open, and my co-workers do the rest.
This month, I wanted to congratulate the Deputies and Detectives that worked a recent burglary case on Big Coppitt Key. Nearly $428,000 in cash taken in the burglary was recovered by the officers within 24 hours of the crime, and has since been returned to the victim. A big “Well Done” to Deputies Patrick Scribner, Paul Shultz, David Lariz, Sgt. Daryl Hull, Sgt. Joe Passarelli, Detective Henry Hamilton, and Detective Chris Scott.
Speaking of Detective Chris Scott, she apparently
found that recovering and handling that much cash can be a bit unnerving. Shortly after the
money was recovered, she was overheard calling Directory Assistance for “the
phone number for Five Sixes Cab Company”!
A while later, she waited (and waited) patiently at a table for five at
lunchtime for an agreed-upon lunch at Chili’s Restaurant with Det. Sgt. Bobby
Randolph and a couple of other Detectives. When she and Det. Sgt. Randolph
finally connected via cell phone, it seems she had been waiting at
And before I let Chris off the hook, there was one
more incident. The interior of our
station on Cudjoe Key was being repainted by Public Works, and items in the
hall had all been moved to one side during the painting. Chris came out of her office and ran headlong
into a wall-mounted cabinet, thankfully without serious injury. Taking no chances, the
You’re a good sport, Chris.
OK, Chris has suffered enough for one month! On to my next and favorite “victim”, Lt. Roger Allen., who probably REALLY wishes I’d been off the day he unsuccessfully attempted to toast a bagel in the station’s toaster oven – on a paper towel. (Now I see why the County was so insistent that we have a fire station next door). Anyway, I offered to have a deputy working light duty at the station stand by in the hall with a fire extinguisher in case Lt. Allen wanted to prepare his lunch later. We are thinking of getting him a roll of aluminum foil for the microwave…..
Congratulations to John and Kim McGee on the birth
of their son, John Conary McGee, born
March 1 in
Well, I’m out of room again. I said at the beginning of this article that I have plenty of material, and we all love a good story.
See you next month !
By Lt. Larry Kelley
I would like to begin by sending true feelings of loss and love to Emil La Vache for the passing of his lovely wife Bernice. I know I speak for all of us in Sectors 4 and 5 in relaying our sympathy and our commitment to help Emil in any way he may need to get through this sad and emotional loss.
Well, it has been a turbulent few weeks just prior
to this writing. The day I got back from
In the next week we saw two suicides by firearm and
a number of serious crashes netting numerous deaths on our highways. They were not all in
I would like to welcome our new Property Custodian
On March 1st we welcomed a much-needed
partner in our fight against time after serious injuries. Trauma Star was called into service with a
radio call from Lieutenant Mike Pandol to
Deputy Jake Brady showed off our ATV at
I’d like to thank Sergeant Susan Greenwood for her
numerous hours of water patrol by wave runner and congratulate her on her big
win in court on her first contested boating citation. She was ultra-prepared and that guy didn’t
have a chance. She also set up and will
be supervising two different Children’s Safety days-one at K Mart and the other
at Office Depot in
Sergeant Doug Penley (the real one-not one of his clones being road-tested in Sector 7) and Deputy Lyn Badman nabbed a wanted felon for the Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office. They went to TrailerRama and investigated a tip that netted an occupant in the trailer. He was wanted on three attempted murder charges in a multiple shooting. He was taken into custody without incident thanks to the quick thinking and actions of two of our finest. Then again, they were far enough away from the water so that Lyn was able to stay dry long enough to make the arrest.
We have been sending a lot of our members to
training lately. Deputy Greg Korzen went
We are gearing up for the next few months of busy
I have to mention how very proud I am of the energy,
efforts and focus of the Deputies in
In January we arrested 10 DUI’s, wrote 430 tickets, 307 Warnings, arrested 12 Felons, 28 Misdemeanors and served 24 Warrants.
In February we arrested 19 DUI’s, wrote 511 tickets, 324 Warnings, arrested 26 Felons, 59 Misdemeanors and served 19 Warrants.
At the time of this writing-only 15 days into March we have arrested 10 DUI’s, written 155 tickets, 110 Warnings, arrested 13 Felons, 15 Misdemeanors and served 13 Warrants.
All of this while being understaffed, sending our officers to training, still answering all calls for service, doing our required and self initiated business and night eyes checks and responding to any and all requests for assistance in our areas of responsibility. This shows the true professionalism, aggressiveness and endurance of the men and women assigned to these sectors and I am proud to serve with them.
Well that’s all I have for now. Stay safe and productive out there.
AND REMEMBER……………Law Enforcement is NOT a spectator sport!
By Sgt. Glen Test
Traffic Unit, as with the sectors, has been hit hard by manning shortages and
injuries. At this time we are down three
people. Sheila Seago will be making her
debut in Traffic this Monday, and we are excited to have her. She will join the rest of the Traffic Unit
for a month of Spring Break foot patrol on
We would like to say goodbye to Steve Mahmood. Steve is leaving us for the FAA, he will be taking on the responsibilities of an Air Marshal. Steve has always been a huge asset to the Traffic Unit, he will be sorely missed. Hopefully we can replace him with an equally aggressive and competent Deputy, one who is a little less destructive on a motorcycle!
Once we get back to full strength we will be able to pick up where we left off enforcing the target areas with frequent wolf-packs. I have increased the duration of the target areas to two weeks, so STEP will hopefully be able to hit most of the targets at least once. Anyone interested in teaming up with traffic during the wolf-packs is more than welcome!
County residents now have the benefit of trauma helicopter service. The Sheriff’s Office Trauma Star helicopter received its state certification this month.
To kick-off the operation, the Sheriff’s Office and
A special ceremony was held to kick-off Trauma Star’s debut as an air ambulance. Sheriff Rick Roth spoke at the ceremony along with Lt. Mike Pandol, the County Mayor, County Commissioners, and others involved in the program
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office currently has five FAA certified commercial pilots and an FAA certified mechanic. Monroe County Emergency Medical Services has 15 trained and certified flight Medics who each attended an 80 hour course to obtain that certification, in addition to their other prior firefighting and paramedic training.
The helicopter is based in
Trauma Star is a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter. It was
originally built in 1968 and served as a military aircraft until it was retired
from that service in 1996. It was purchased by the Monroe County Sheriff’s
Office in February of 2000 from
Trauma Star operates as a government/public use
category aircraft and is maintained in accordance with FAA and manufacturer’s
requirements. It is certified by the State of
Trauma Star will pick up patients from the scene of an accident and transport them directly to whatever hospital or trauma center is deemed necessary depending on the injuries involved. This service saves essential treatment time by avoiding slower ground transport. Ground transport to local hospitals was the only transportation method available prior to this time except in the upper Keys, where some air transport service was available. The only air transport from the middle and lower Keys prior to this was transport from local hospitals after initial treatment was provided there.
Trauma Star can travel at speeds up to 144 miles per hour and carries a crew of two pilots, up to four patients and two flight medics. Equipment on board includes a Defibrillator, EKG, Oxygen, Ventilator, Suction, a full Advanced Life Support level medical cart as well as a rescue hoist.
Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Pandol and Colonel William “Bill” McDonald have spent many hours working on this project since the helicopter’s purchase in 2000. In addition, Monroe County EMS Battalion Chiefs Al Brotons and Gary Boswell have spent a large number of hours working toward the implementation of the program.
“Lt. Pandol and Colonel McDonald deserve recognition
for their time and efforts. They really spearheaded the move to bring trauma
helicopter service to the
“We’ve waited a long time for this level of service in the county,” said Public Safety Director Reggie Paros. “Many dedicated people have put huge amounts of effort into getting this program operational. It was truly a joint effort and I’m looking forward to the County being able to provide this life saving service to our citizens.”
Hi from Reserve land. Things are moving right along with the Reserve Organization. The Sheriff is very supportive of the Reserves and is helping to address issues to make us more effective. The Sheriff has approved Reserve Deputies to have a fully funded Bullet Proof Vest provided by the Sheriff’s Office. Auxiliary Deputies can have a vest provided at 50% of the Auxiliary Deputies expense. If any Auxiliary Support member wishes a vest they still have to pay 100% of the cost.
The Sheriff is supporting our efforts to work with FKCC Department of Public Safety Director Nancy Bunch, in the attendance of Law Enforcement Academies. Ms. Bunch is working with the individual Reserve establishing a schedule to complete requirements for the different Law Enforcement Academies. Reserve 1st Lt. Bob Smith has been the driving force behind this project and has done a great job of getting it going. Now if a Monroe County Reserve Force member wishes to complete an Academy for upgrade the procedures are set. The procedures will be in the revised Chapter 38 of the General Orders.
The Reserve force in January/February have reported approximately 1500 hours of volunteer duty. We have members contributing in almost every department of the Sheriff’s Office. We are working the road, helping in C.I.U., Courts, Schools, Records, extra people at special events and anywhere else we can help out. The next big event that requires Reserve support will be the 7-Mile Bridge Run on April 20th.
That's all for now. Be Careful out there.
By Community Relations Director Greg Artman
Explorers from the three Monroe County Sheriff office's three
Cadet/Explorer posts recently went on a training trip to
Major Tommy Taylor, Commander, Bureau of Corrections
like to take this opportunity to recognize and welcome aboard our new team
member, Capt. Penny Phelps. Penny has
over 17 years of law enforcement experience that consists of a wide range of
responsibilities and assignments. Most
recent, she served as the Deputy Chief of Police of Bay City Police Department
Sheriff Rick Roth with Captain Penny Phelps
Capt. Phelps possesses the human qualities of leadership and professional technical expertise of a top notch supervisor. She has hit the deck running since reporting on board dealing with personnel and security issues which have been resolved effectively and efficiently.
Capt. Phelps, as you know, replaces Capt. Ramsay as the Main Jail Operations Commander. Capt. Ramsay took command of Sector One Law Enforcement Operations.
In appreciation of a job well done by Capt. Ramsay doing his one year tour of duty as the Main Jail Operations Commander, I can say, he epitomizes those rare qualities most sought in today's law enforcement and corrections professionals. He realized that personal involvement and individual commitment are the cornerstones to any successful organization. Working with and understanding people is another of his strong areas. He knows each subordinate's abilities, limitations and desires, and integrates this knowledge into their daily activities. His uncommon maturity and common sense, coupled with his ability to apply the correct amount of diplomacy and direct tact, allowed him to obtain the best possible results from his troops dealing in various situations.
Thanks again Capt. Ramsay for a JOB WELL DONE!
From Major Tommy Taylor: I like to recognize the recent promotions of Sgt. Timothy Age and Sgt. Jonathon Crane. Their promotion is an example of hard work, dedication and commitment towards a career in law enforcement and corrections. These two officers showed and proved they had the right stuff. Congratulations and thanks for a JOB WELL DONE and good luck in your future endeavors
From Director Anthony Campana: THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW
The five man crew of the Transportation Division out did themselves again last year. With the assistance of the Colonel's Air Force and the expertise and direction of Connie Ray Long, we transported, extradited, and moved 9700 inmates.
We visited 44 out of 67 counties in
With our networking system in
From Dorothy Child: Paul Cooper has been promoted to Maintenance Supervisor. Paul has been a wonderful employee for us in Support Services and we are delighted to see him progress. He takes his job very seriously and we know he will make us proud. Our motto in Support Services is, “We together make it happen” and Paul does just that.
Our Maintenance person, David Amoako and his wife Janelle were
blessed with a baby girl Aikiea Margarette Amoako on
From Programs Director Towanda Scott: The Programs Department would like to
take this opportunity to introduce and welcome aboard Stephanie Robinson, the
new BOC Case Manager. Stephanie, a native of
From Mary Cohen:
It was so cold in
was spotted in the
impersonating Tom Lindsay!
Thomas H. Hobbs of Girl Friday of the
· Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Jorge Interian wrote a letter to the Sheriff commending both the Sheriff’s Office and Employee Leland W. Canmer for assistance in December with a family medical emergency. He says, “your department went above and beyond the call of duty”.
· Donna Lorenzo of Big Pine Key wrote to commend Deputy Matt Dowling for his assistance with a neighborhood dispute. She says, “Deputy Dowling performed his duties in a most professional, knowledgeable, courteous and compassionate manner….I sincerely appreciate the newfound hope that Deputy Dowling has given me. You should be proud to know that someone of his caliber is out there representing the interests of the Department and our Community.”
Marc DeSantis, of
· Inspector Luis Vega wrote to Lt. Mike Pandol commending the entire Aviation Division for their excellent service to the department and the community. He says, “I want you to have a genuine appreciation of the time and thought the division put into solving a trauma emergency and seeing to it that the situation was handled with such delicacy. It left a lifetime impression on both personnel at the Emergency Room, as well as crash family members.”
By Administrative Bureau Chief Mike Rice
Recently the Public Records Statute 119.07 was revised to exclude information (home address, telephone number & photograph) from the general public if you are any of the following:
Current or former human resource, labor relations, or employee relations directors, assistant directors, managers, or assistant managers of any local government agency or water management district whose duties include hiring and firing employees, labor contract negotiation, administration, or other personnel-related duties OR spouse and children of such personnel.
If you are defined as the above, please print out and fill in the special form, to be found in Outlook Public Folders, Office of Public Information, in the “Items of Interest” folder. It is titled “PUBLIC RECORDS.doc”. Once it is completed, send it to the Human Resources Division. If you are unable to access public folders, contact Deputy Becky Herrin, PIO, (305)292-7116, or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send one to you.
By Finance Director Tom Ravenel
For those of you who have been assigned the new AT&T cell phones, a description of the plan is as follows:
· The basic plan allows for 450 minutes of time from until Monday through Friday.
· For nights and weekends, the plan allows for 1,000 minutes. Nights begin at and end at Weekends run from Friday nights and until Monday at
· Minutes spent calling other agency AT&T cell phones are free.
· The minutes allowed for each member are not pooled; that is, the minutes not used by one agency member cannot be used to cover the minutes over the plan used by another agency member.
· Minutes exceeding the plan cost $.40 each.
· In the event that the minutes used by an agency member exceed the allowed plan minutes, the member will be requested to review the detail of calls made and will be asked to reimburse the agency for all personal calls made up to the amount the agency is being charged by AT&T.
· Accessories included with the basic plan include a car charger, ear piece, regular charger and a battery.
· Features include call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, voicemail, and 3 party calls.
· Problems with your phone or if you need a replacement phone, please see Jane Pritchett in the Finance Office.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office in cooperation
with the Monroe County Special Olympics Committee invites all members of your
Agency to participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to be held on
Event T-shirts will be available for $12.00 and hats will be available for $10.00.
Members of your agency, sworn and non-sworn may register for the run by contacting Jim Painter at (305) 292-7027 or email email@example.com.
The torch will travel across the state, carried by
Law Enforcement personnel arriving in
For Rent: 2 bedroom 1
For lots more sale/rent items, see the “Neighborhood Bulletin Board” in Outlook Public Folders.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
From Jan Scott, Case Manager
If you can spare three to five hours a week and care about children,
Big Brothers/Big Sisters needs you. Big Brothers/Big Sisters is the oldest
mentoring program in the
The ideal volunteer doesn’t need to have extensive experience with children, just a desire to make a difference in a child’s life. Volunteers are encouraged to spend quality time with their Little Brother or Little Sister and discouraged from spending a lot of money. Suggested activities include swimming, bike riding, trips to the library, fishing. helping with homework or teaching a Little Brother or Sister any number of things. Just spending time together with their “Big” is important to the children in the program.
Each volunteer is asked to make a one year commitment to spend between three and five hours each week with the Little Brother or Little Sister. This time can be all at once, or broken down between days. Some of our Military volunteers that are out to sea for 10 days at a stretch just double up time when they are in port. All volunteers are carefully screened through criminal background and reference checks, and then interviewed. The 1 - 1 ½ hour intake interview enables the Agency to determine which child will be most compatible with the volunteer. Volunteers need to be at least 19 years old. The Big Couples aspect of the Program is an ideal way for couples to reap the rewards of volunteering while spending time together.
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is very satisfying and a lot of fun. For more information, please call 294-9891.
Please accept this as my personal invitation to you and your agency
members to participate in the Pasco Sheriff’s Office first annual “Shootout” to
benefit the Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch. The event will be held on
There are several levels of participation available and any support you care to provide from your agency would be very much appreciated. We have received a tremendous response to this event; so if you plan to attend, please send your completed registration form back to Doug Johnson in the Crime Prevention unit at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, 8700 Citizen Dr., New Port Richey, FL 34654, or you may also register by calling him at (727)856- 7085 or (352)521-5100, extension 5208.
I have enclosed a brochure outlining the details of the fundraiser, which includes a registration form for your use (Contact Deputy Becky Herrin, PIO, for copies of this registration form).
Hope to see you on April 27 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays.
Wishing and dreaming are a normal part of a child’s life. But for a child battling illness, wishes mean so much more. They enable the child and his/her family to create memories of joy and laughter during a time burdened by hospital visits and treatment programs.
Since 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida has been granting the wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. The wish may be as simple as seeing snow or going to Disney World, or as elaborate as meeting a celebrity or traveling to a far away place.
The Foundation strives to give children and their families happy
memories in a time that is otherwise emotionally and financially stressful.
This year, they will grant the wishes of over 450 children throughout
Opportunities to support the Foundation are numerous. You can donate your time by visiting with the children to determine their special wish, by reaching out to the community through public speaking or one-on-one visits, or by hosting a fundraiser through your business or civic group.
Make-A-Wish has no cures. We perform no miracles. Unless, of course, you count the smiling faces and happy hearts of the children whose lives we touch. Children whose lives you, too, can touch.
For more information on how you can help Make-A-Wish, call the Foundation at 888-773-9474 or visit us on the internet at www.wish.org/southernfla.