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Release Number: 09-104

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

April 7, 2009

JD Callaway:

(813) 247-8060




Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office


Junior Deputies League Awards


Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 8:30 a.m.


Don Vincente Historic Inn, 1915 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City


























The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is proud to present this year’s winners of the Junior Deputies League essay contest. The contest was open to every fifth-grader in the county’s public schools. More than 1,000 entries were received. Twelve winners were selected for their essays on “What Being A Junior Deputy Means To Me.’’ The Junior Deputies Program is an institution in our schools, having been taught to fifth-graders since 1964. The program teaches good citizenship, personal safety practices and ways to avoid gangs and drugs.


Each of the winners will receive a certificate and a $100 U.S. Savings Bond for their wonderful essays. Here are some excerpts from selected winning essays:


“Being a Jr. Deputy should always be about helping, caring, sharing and, of course, safety. So, if you become a Jr. Deputy, I should definitely never see you in a street gang or in jail. If I do, then you’re not doing your job, which would be to do the right thing.’’ – Nalany, fifth-grader


“One afternoon I was walking by a Race Trac and I saw an old man in a wheelchair but I didn’t notice that his wheelchair was tilting to one side and five seconds later his wheelchair fell. I saw two guys walk past him and they laughed! I was surprised! I quickly crossed the street and I almost got hit by a car. My heart was pumping so fast it was about to pop out of my chest. Even if I didn’t know the guy I still helped him get up. When I went home I felt so happy. If you are a good citizen you will be a great Junior Deputy.’’ – Lloycha, fifth-grader


“Junior Deputies should tell kids to stay safe on the Internet by never giving out personal information such as your address, phone number or your real name because Internet stalkers could track you down and kidnap or hurt you.’’ – Kendall, fifth-grader


“Some home safety tips I learned were always double check that all doors and windows are locked at night. Also never open the door to strangers. When home alone, never let anyone know that a parent is not with you when someone calls or rings the door bell.’’ – Tajj, fifth-grader