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Recognition of employee retirement and longevity, and awards for employee job performance and lifesaving efforts by deputies, dispatchers and civilians will also be highlighted.
Our First Quarter Awards Ceremony is set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Falkenburg Road Jail assembly room. HCSO personnel will be honored for valor and exceptional work performance. We will also recognize recent retirees, employees for longevity of service, and honor citizens who helped save lives and who helped us catch criminals.
Here are some highlights:
- Corporal Mark Clark will receive the HCSO Medal of Distinguished Service for his bravery during an encounter with an armed individual in a domestic-related call in December 2009.
- Deputy Anthony Collins will receive the Florida Sheriffs Association Medal of Merit for his efforts to infiltrate and dismantle drug-dealing gangs.
- Wharton High School basketball coach Tommy Tonelli and student Jonathan Torres will receive the HCSO CItizen Award for their efforts to help save the life of another student who had collapsed during sports practice.
- Perry Johnson will receive the HCSO Citizen Award for his actions which led to the identity and capture of a burglary suspect.
- For their combined efforts to locate and save the life of a distraught man hiding in the woods, the HCSO Lifesaving Award will be presented to Deputy Brian Johnson, Deputy Chris White, Deputy/Pilot Jay Bridwell, Deputy/Pilot Kevin Johnson, Deputy/Pilot Ron Waller, Dispatcher Manager Karen Hardy and Dispatcher Tammy Larson.