First Quarter Awards Ceremony: FCSO Honors Employees

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On April 25th, 2023, many deputies and employees of the FCSO were honored at the FCSO’s First Quarter Awards Ceremony. Among those honored were deputies who saved a driver from a crashed and burning vehicle, a deputy who helped an overdosing driver who crashed and dispatchers who gave CPR instructions that saved lives.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly was able to award several Lifesaving Awards to employees of the FCSO, for their roles and efforts in saving lives in our county. Sheriff Staly also presented Certificates of Commendation, Certificates of Appreciation, and Unit Citation during the ceremony.

“I get to lead an amazing time that serves our community with passion and dedication and that is reflected in the award ceremony,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Thank you to these employees for their bravery and commitment to protecting and serving Flagler County. “Their selfless dedication to protecting our community is truly appreciated and in keeping with the highest traditions of law enforcement service.”

There were three employees who received employee of the month, and 17 years of service milestones.

Chief of Police, David Brannon, present Sheriff Staly and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office with a specialty plaque for their efforts in being an outstanding partner of the Bunnell Police Department.

Deputy Sheriff Steve Pierre and Corporal Joseph Barnett both received the Life Saving Award. Corporal Barnett was able to save a driver that who was unconscious after a crash, from a crashed and burning vehicle on SR 100. Deputy Sheriff Pierre was able to extract the driver from the vehicle.

Deputy First Class Christopher Crego and Deputy Sheriff Talor Morgante received the Life Saving Award for their efforts in responding to an unconscious person in a vehicle. They were able to remove the driver, who appeared to be overdosing, and administered two doses of Narcan, and administered CPR for around 45 seconds before the driver began to respond.

Communications Specialist Lindsey Stanford was awarded the Life Saving Award for her efforts during a 911 call, when a mother reported her 3 month old baby was not breathing. Stanford was able to confirm address started asking questions and giving instructions. She was able to keep the mother calm and focused on CPR. The baby’s airway was cleared and the child made a full recovery.

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Spina received the LIfe Saving Award when he responded to a Bunnell home regarding a female who was unresponsive. Deputy Spina performed CPR until Flagler County Fire Rescue was able to arrive on scene.

Life Saving Award is presented to Corporal J. Gibson Smith for his response to a possible overdose at a Palm Coast residence. He was able to administer Narcan and the man regained consciousness.

Life Saving Award was presented to Deputy Sheriff Maxwell Dorsey for his response to a Palm Coast home where a woman was unresponsive. He immediately administered Narcan and the woman was able to regain consciousness.

Life Saving Award was presented to Deputy Sheriff Joseph Oliva for his response to a vehicle fire on I-95. The vehicle owner was attempting to put the fire out to save his boat, but he passed out due to smoke inhalation. Deputy Oliva was able to pull the owner away from the fire and get him medical treatment.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Finn was presented the Life Saving Award for his response to a possible overdose in Palm Coast. He was able to administer Narcan which allowed the male victim to regain consciousness.

Master Deputy Sheriff Brad Stogdon was presented with the LIfe Saving Award for his response to a reckless driver. The reckless driver sped passed the patrol vehicle and ultimately crashed into another vehicle. Master Deputy Stogdon was able to administer Narcan to the driver of the reckless vehicle, as he appeared to be overdosing, and was able to provide aid to those involved in the crash.

Life Saving Award is presented to Deputy Sheriff Branden Hartley, Nicholas Huzior, and Jake Sanders for their response to a home on Palm Coast regarding a suspicious 911 hang up. They found a female in a vehicle at the residence who appeared to be overdosing, and they gave her two doses of Narcan and CPR until she was able to breathe on her own.

Deputy Sheriff Laura Jenkins was presented with the Life Saving Award for her actions regarding a possible overdose. She was able to save the man by providing Narcan and CPR.

Deputy Sheriff Anthony Cuthbert was presented with the LifeSaving Award for his actions regarding a possible overdose in Bunnell. He was able to administer Narcan and other lifesaving efforts until medics arrived.

Deputy Sheriff Jake Fowler was awarded the Life Saving Award for his actions regarding a Palm Coast female who was not breathing. He began CPR and performed lifesaving efforts until paramedics arrived. They were able to regain a pulse and she was taken to the hospital.

Deputy Sheriff Stacy Rosado was presented with the Life Saving Award for her actions regarding an unresponsive man in Palm Coast. She administered one dose of Narcan and the male regained consciousness eventually.

Communications Specialist Joseph Esposito was presented with the Life Saving Award for his efforts during a 911 call regarding a family member not breathing. He provided instructions for them to administer CPR and assisted them through the process until medics arrived.

Master Deputy Sheriff Edward Faircloth and Deputy Sheriff Troy Madnuson were awarded the Life Saving Award for their efforts in response to a possible overdose. They were able to administer Narcan and CPR, ultimately it took three doses of Narcan for the female to regain consciousness, and she was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

Nurse Joleen Jackson and Nurse Carla Smith were both presented the Certificate of Appreciation for their response and aid regarding an inmate who attempted suicide.

Sergeant Nathan Hockenberry, Corporal Peter Descartes and Detention Deputy Ian Christensen were presented with the Life Saving Award due to their response regarding the same incident as mentioned above, when an inmate attempted suicide.

Unit Citations were presented to: CHIEF OF STAFF MARK STROBRIDGE, COMMUNITY POLICING DIVISION CHIEF JONATHAN WELKER, COMMANDERS GLENN DAVIS, RYAN EMERY, BRIAN FINN, AND KENNY GONCALVES, SERGEANTS FRANKLIN GAMARRA, JAMES MILEY, JON RECKENWALD, AND AGUSTIN RODRIGUEZ, CORPORALS SAMUEL BELL, JOSEPH BARNETT, ANDREW CANGIALOSI, ARTHUR HORLER, AND WILLIAM LOWE, DETECTIVES BRYAN DENKER, JOSEPH O’BARR, MATTHEW RIDEN, AND JORDAN ST. JOHN, MASTER DEPUTIES CRISTA RAINEY AND JEFF TURNER, DEPUTY FIRST CLASS CHRISTOPHER CREGO AND MARCUS DAWSON, DEPUTY SHERIFFS JOSHUA BARRETT, BRYAN CARTER, JAXON DORSEY, MAXWELL DORSEY, TYRIQUE HARPER, JONATHON JECKOVICH, DAVID JOHNSON, DAVID LICHTY, CHRISTOPHER NGUYEN, CARL PARKER, JASON PRATHER, CAMERON PUNSKY, KEATON RAY, KYLE SOMERS, CALEB TASSY, ALEXANDER WOLFE, BEHAVIORAL RESPONSE SPECIALIST TERESA SHAW, CRIME ANALYST TARA COLEMAN, SWAT MEDIC’S ROBERT BALLOU, AND MARK ANDREW THOMAS, COMMUNICATION SUPERVISOR LISA NESBITT, COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST FIRST CLASS SARAH GAMMON, ASHLIE HICKS, STEPHANIE MAYBERRY, AND STEPHEN WATKINS, COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST’S ASTASIA GRUM, GEORGE LILLY, AND LUCAS SANTOS; for their response regarding the a man who shot a firearm in a residence, and was in the throes of a psychotic episode, and possible drug use.

UNIT CITATION – COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST FIRST CLASS DANIELLE BROWN, DEPUTY FIRST CLASS DOMINIC QUINTIERI, DEPUTY SHERIFF’S ROBERT FINN, KYLE GADDIE, CHRISTIAN HARRISON, JOHN HILL, DEREK LOGSDON, NECOLE MARSAN, JAKE SANDERS, JONATHAN SCHMIDT, AND RYAN WILKINSON was presented to the above regarding their response to a stolen vehicle from Osceola County. They were able to bring the suspects into custody without incident.

CHIEF JONATHAN WELKER, COMMANDERS KENNY GONCALVES, SCOTT VEDDER, SERGEANTS ADAM BISS, JON RECKENWALD, AGUSTIN RODRIGUEZ, CORPORALS JOSEPH BARNETT, TROY CAVAS, DEPUTY SHERIFFS AARON BEAUSOLEIL, BRYAN CARTER, TYRIQUE HARPER, JONATHON JECKOVICH, LAURA JENKINS, KYLE MANKA, STEVE PIERRE, KEATON RAY, KYLE SOMERS, TYLER SPINA, COMMUNICATIONS SUPERVISORS GENICE CACCAVALE, LISA NESBITT, COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST FIRST CLASS STEPHEN WATKINS, SARAH GAMMON, COMMUNICATION SPECIALISTS LEAH RUSS, LUCAS SANTOS, CRIME ANALYSTS TARA COLEMAN, VICTORIA HANLIN, HAYDEN ORE, BEHAVIORAL RESPONSE SPECIALIST TERESA SHAW were presented with a Unit Citation for their efforts on potential stolen vehicle out of Miami. They were able to find the suspects and obtain a full confession.

COMMANDERS JOSEPH BARILE, BERNIE WOODWARD, SERGEANTS ADAM BISS, JACOB WEST, ROBERT TARCZEWSKI, GEORGE HRISTAKOPOULOS, DANIEL WEAVER, CORPORALS JOSEPH BARNETT, TROY CAVAS, ARTHUR HORLER, AND CRAIG ROSSI, DETECTIVES AUSTIN DALRYMPLE, BRYAN DENKER, ADAM GOSSETT, MATTHEW RIDEN, MASTER DEPUTY SHERIFF DANIEL MALTA, DEPUTY FIRST CLASS MARCUS DAWSON & BRYAN JACKSON, DEPUTY SHERIFF’S JOSHUA BARRETT, AARON BEAUSOLEIL, ANTHONY BIFANO, LAUREN BROOMFIELD, JEREMY CHAMBERS, BLAKE COLSON, ALICIA COWAN, BRYAN CARTER, THOMAS DOUGLAS, LAURA JENKINS, DAVID JOHNSON, TROY MAGNUSON, JASON PRATHER, KEATON RAY, & STEVE PIERRE, CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATOR’S ELAINE EDWARDS AND GABRIELLA MASSA, RTCC SUPERVISOR NIKKI NORTH, CRIME ANALYSTS VICTORIA HANLIN, HAYDEN ORE, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS CHRISTINA MORTIMER, COMMUNICATIONS SUPERVISOR GENICE CACCAVALE, COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST FIRST CLASS SARAH GAMMON, LAINIE RITTENOUR, COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST ASTASIA GRUM AND GEORGE LILLY were presented with Unit Citations for their efforts regarding a shooting call at a residence. They were able to locate the shooter after he fled and bring him into custody without incident.

COMMANDER BRIAN FINN, SERGEANTS DAVID EDMONDS, AND ROBERT TARCZEWSKI, CORPORALS WILLIAM LOWE AND J. GIBSON SMITH, DEPUTY FIRST CLASS DOMINIC QUINTIERI, DEPUTY SHERIFF CHRISTOPHER NGUYEN, AND K9 ODIN were presented with Unit Citations for their efforts regarding a domestic disturbance when a 10 year old called 911 because his dad punched his mother. They were able to secure the man without incident.

DEPUTY FIRST CLASS NICHOLAS CHAMPION, DEPUTY SHERIFFS AARON BEAUSOLEIL, JAKE FOWLER, BRANDEN HARTLEY, CHRISTIAN HARRISON, DENNIS KING, JONATHON KUSEK, JOHN LANDI, CHRISTOPHER NGUYEN AND MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST MEGAN IONADI were presented with Unit Citations regarding a missing juvenile who ran away and stole cash and handguns. The juvenile was found and taken into custody.

Communication Specialist First Class Lainie Rittenour was given a Certificate of Commendation for her response to an automated Apple Watch message, where she kept the line open, and ultimately heard what sounded like a disturbance. Deputies were able to find the location, note the disturbance and request medical.

Deputy Sheriff Derek Logsdon and Joseph Oliva were given Certificates of Commendation for their efforts regarding a suicide attempt. They were able to perform life saving efforts and she was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

Master Deputy Nancy Malheiros was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts in organizing the Shop with a Cop event in 2022, which was the largest event to date. They helped 150 children from Flagler County.

Pal Coordinator Kerri Henderson was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts with the Shop with a Cop event as well.

Deputy Sheriff Laura Jenkins was given a Certificate of Appreciation for her actions in surprising the man from the viral Tik Tok about the Cupcake Lady here in Palm Coast. Deputy Jenkins brought the man some gifts and listened to stories of the man’s former career as a Deputy Sheriff in California.

The Employee of the month for the 1st quarter are:

JANUARY – Corporal Peter Descartes

FEBRUARY – Deputy Sheriff Joseph Oliva

MARCH – Communication Specialist First Class Lainie Rittenour

YEARS OF SERVICE –

5 – Detective Jayd Capela, Deputy Sheriff Bryan Carter, Detective Bryan Denker, Detective Adam Gossett, Deputy Sheriff Laura Jenkins, Deputy Sheriff Joshua Long, RTCC Supervisor Nikki North, Detective Shannon Smith, Deputy Sheriff William Kennedy

10 – Chaplain Ed Reistetter

15 – Director of Communications Christina Mortimer, Communications Specialist Joseph Esposito, COP Paul Matarazzo

20 – Sergeant Michael Breckwoldt, Commander Jason Neat, Deputy Sheriff Howard Underwood

25 – Master Deputy Jeff Turner

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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