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HCSO Sgt. Ken Escobio Receives Sertoma Award:
On September 6, 2012, Sgt. Ken Escobio won a very prestigious award at the Sertoma banquet for his work on Operation Patriot. Each Sertoma club in the middle region of Florida brought their annual Service to Mankind Award winner to the regional banquet and one those winners was selected as the winner for the middle district of Florida. Ken was selected from the seven candidates as the winner. He now progresses to compete against other winners from around the southeastern U.S.-if he wins at that level he competes for the national award.
Sgt. Ken Escobio has been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since July, 1980. During this time he has worked as a Patrol Deputy, Property Detective, Patrol Corporal, Street Crimes Corporal, and Patrol Sergeant in District IV. He is currently assigned to District III Patrol.
For the three years he was assigned to District IV Street Crimes, he coordinated the annual purchasing, wrapping and presenting of gifts to the underprivileged children at the Bethel Mission in Wimauma, Fl. He oversaw the annual Christmas celebration with the children, which he and his squad members participated in.
He is a nine year cancer survivor, who actively supports the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. In 2007, he was the Honorary Chairman of the Relay for Life held at Bloomingdale High School in Brandon.
Co-founded Operation Patriot in 2004. In 2007, Operation Patriot was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Florida and obtained 501(c)(3) status. Operation Patriot will now be conducting fundraisers and obtaining items for the Veterans year around. From 2004 through 2011, Operation Patriot has delivered 1,717 boxes of donations, $6500 in cash and $5965 in gift cards to the Veterans at Baldomero Lopez on Veterans Day.
Since February of 2008, he has coordinated a Mardi Gras Party and barbecue for the Veterans at Lopez. Donations were also obtained to provide a prime rib luncheon for the Veterans on Easter, 2008. In March of each year, while working off duty at the Florida Strawberry Festival, he obtains several flats of strawberries, which are delivered to Baldomero Lopez, along with cake and whipped topping, so the Veterans can have strawberry shortcake.
Through his leadership, Operation Patriot has been able to purchase four Dell computers, two of which have been installed at Baldomero Lopez and one at Douglas Jacobson for the use of the Veterans. One computer was affixed to a specialized mobile bed table, which can be taken to the room of a Veteran who is ill or otherwise unable to go to the library to use a computer. Another computer has been installed at Baldomero Lopez on a computer table easily accessible by someone in a wheelchair and connected to the internet so the residents can correspond with friends and family. Netflix is also available to the Veterans on this computer.
Two recliners (from Rooms-To-Go) were procured and delivered to Lopez. The recliners are used for family members to be able to stay with a loved one who was critically ill. Now family members have a comfortable place to rest instead of having to sit in a straight back chair the entire time. He coordinated three luncheons for the residents in September, 2006, February, 2007 and August, 2007, obtaining donations from Chick-fil-A, Edy’s Ice Cream, Coca-Cola and Alessi Bakery.
Three Wii Systems have been purchased, one placed at Baldomero Lopez, one at the nursing home at Haley VA Hospital and one at the Douglas Jacobson Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte for use by the Veterans. At Jacobson, a 32” flat panel television was purchased. The television and the Wii system were affixed to a mobile cart, providing easy access for the residents. Two other Wii Systems have been purchased and shipped to the Veterans Nursing Homes in Daytona Beach and Lake City, Fl. The use of the Wii has been documented to promote physical activity/therapy for the elderly, who would otherwise be sedentary. He coordinated the purchase and delivery of a 48” flat panel television for Jacobson Veterans Nursing Home, which replaced an old television that had stopped working.
In August of 2012, one 70” and one 65” LED flat screen televisions were purchased and installed in the common areas for the Veterans to gather and watch ballgames or movies.
The Veterans at Lopez enjoy talking to him. They know he works for HCSO and they enjoy discussing guns, crime, current events, etc....with him.