June 30, 2008

Former Deputy Rides for those who died

This past May, former Monroe County Deputy Noel Manheimer, now with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, currently assigned as a Supervisor of the West Palm Beach Marine Unit, participated for his third year in a row in the annual Police Unity Tour (PUT). The Police Unity Tour was first organized in 1997 to raise public awareness of law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices.

This year’s ride held special meaning to Agent Manheimer who rode in honor of Deputy Robin Tanner who he graduated the Police Academy with and worked alongside before starting his career with the Government. Agent Manheimer is a member of Chapter VIII and rode for team “Air and Marine” who raised over $20,000.00 to donate to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. All the chapters in the Country combined raised well over a million dollars and are the largest contributors to the Memorial and soon to open Museum.

Agent Manheimer is part of a group of Police Officers who annually ride approximately 275 plus miles over a three day period during Police Week. The ride starts in Portsmouth, VA. where they link up with other PUT riders From Virginia, and other locations throughout the country. Then the 250 plus riders ride approximately 275 miles and finish in Washington D.C. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. At that time they are joined by another 250 riders who started their journey in New Jersey.

“As a member of the Florida Chapter VIII, I was happy to be able to participate in such a worthwhile event. This year’s ride held special meaning to me and I was very proud to ride and wear the metal bracelet in Robin’s honor. The ride is a tribute to the all of the men and women who put public safety above their own on a daily basis and it’s an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who lived and died by that code”. Manheimer said.

Each Officer riding in the Police Unity Tour wears a blue metal bracelet engraved with information commemorating the Fallen Officer they are riding for. During the candle light vigil at Police Week, the wrist band is then presented to a member of the family or representative of the agency the Fallen Officer worked for.
The Wall at the Memorial holds the names of five fallen Officers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office;

Deputy Sheriff Frank E. Adams, EOW October 7, 1901.  Deputy Adams was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for interfering in his brother's arrest.

Game Warden Guy Bradley, EOW July 8, 1905. Game Warden Bradley was shot and killed when he confronted two men in the Everglades whom he suspected were poaching Everett’s.

Reserve Deputy Sheriff David Jerome Cormier, EOW November 19, 1989. Reserve Deputy Cormier was killed in an automobile accident while responding to backup other deputies at the scene of a bar fight.

Deputy Sheriff Michael John Alexander, EOW May 3, 1998. Deputy Alexander was killed when his cruiser was struck by a tractor trailer on the Overseas Highway at mile marker 90.

Deputy Sheriff Robin Tanner, EOW December 13, 2007. Deputy Robin Tanner was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to a medical call.

A total of 187 Officers were killed in the line of duty last year (2007), each of these Officers had someone from the Police Unity Tour riding for them in their honor.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Police Unity Tour as a rider or support person should contact Agent Noel Manheimer at; noel.manheimer@dhs.gov or go directly to the web site; www.policeunitytourviii.org  Your experience with the Police Unity Tour will truly be the highlight of your career! Our motto is “We ride for those who’ve died”   

June 29, 2008

Self Defense Class

Lt. Tom Brazil instructs a student in self defense

The Sheriff’s Office recently held a self defense course for college bound students in Islamorada. Six graduating seniors from Coral Shores High School attended the class, which was put on at the request of a group of parents. The students were instructed in techniques which will enable them to defend themselves against an assailant, such as ground fighting techniques, and in techniques for escaping an assailant as well.

Course instructors were Lt. Tom Brazil, Detective Eric Thomas and School Resource Deputy Beverly Brazil.

June 20, 2008

Margaritaville donates to Sheriff’s Animal Farm

Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville recently donated $500.00 to Key West Sunrise Rotary, earmarked for the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm.

In the picture, left to right, Cris Waite Morgan of Sunrise Rotary, Aileiah Clarke from the Margaritaville Store,  Animal Farm Supervisor Jeanne Selander and Tegan Slaton from Sunrise Rotary.  Farmer Jeanne says she is thankful for the donation, which will be used to feed the animals, and to improve their living areas at the farm.

June 19, 2008

Sobriety Checkpoint planned June 28th in Key Largo

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be operating a sobriety checkpoint Saturday, June 28th in the vicinity of the 99.5 mile marker of U.S. One in Key Largo. The checkpoint will start at 10 p.m. and will run to approximately 3 a.m. the following morning. Officers on the scene will be pulling cars over to the side of the road and checking drivers for impairment. They will also check for outstanding warrants, and check vehicles for properly operating safety equipment

June 12, 2008

Sheriff’s Office to participate in state-wide effort to enforce Move Over Law

In an effort to increase awareness of Florida’s Move-Over law, law enforcement agencies all over the State of Florida will be spending the week of June 23 – 29th educating the public about it, and enforcing it.

The law, passed in 2002, says motorists who are approaching any emergency vehicle that has it’s emergency lights activated must do one of two things:

  1. On interstate highways or other highways with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle, and except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, drivers are required to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, as soon as it is safe to do so.
  2. When on a two-lane roadway, and except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, drivers are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater; or travel at five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less.

For the first two days, officers will issue warnings and educate drivers about the law; for the remaining five days, violators will be cited.

June 10, 2008

Civil Process information now on line

Monroe County – Information about the progress of Civil papers, and whether or not they’ve been served can now be accessed on line on the Sheriff’s Office web site.

Visit the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.keysso.net and click on the link for “Civil Division” and you will find a new feature. If you have outstanding civil papers in the process of being served by the Sheriff’s Office Civil Division, you can find out if they have been served or not searching either by a name or by a case number.

The Civil Division section of the web site also offers a list of upcoming Sheriff’s Sales, the application to be a Special Process Server, information about evictions, Levy guidelines, information about how to collect a judgment and a complete list of Civil Service Fees.

June 7, 2008

Kids, Deputies enjoy day at the library

On the left, Deputy Ken Fricke demonstrates his dog, Tracer's ability to scent drugs.On the right, Crime Watch Coordinator Deputy Emil LaVache talked to kids about preventing crime.

Key West - Kids and cops alike enjoyed a special day at the Key West Library last week.

On Saturday, an estimated 50 kids with their families came to the library to learn about law enforcement. The organizer of the event, Sheriff's Traffic Enforcement Deputy Luis Blasco, said it was fun for everyone involved. Members of the Sheriff's Office showed the kids their equipment, and talked to them about safety and how local law enforcement agencies protect and serve the community

June 6, 2008

Animal Planet “Emergency Vet” visits Animal Farm

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, well known from the television series “Emergency Vet” on the Animal Planet Cable Channel paid a visit to the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm on June 5th.

Dr. Fitzgerald is also the illegal exotics expert for the Denver, Colorado Police Department and has sent animals to the farm on occasion, including three African Spurred Tortoise’ and for the baby Alligators on the farm. The animals were seized during drug raids in Colorado and working together with local Veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader, the animals were flown to the Keys courtesy of Delta Airlines and relocated here. Dr. Fitzgerald stopped by the farm to check on the animals and make sure they were happy here.

In the photo, Farmer Jeanne Selander holds a baby alligator and Dr. Fitzgerald holds an African Spurred Tortoise, while another one crawls on the ground.