www.sheriff.org January 2004
Another Great Picnic in the Park
Once again, BSO’s Annual Employee Appreciation
Picnic was a rousing success. More than 3,500 employees
and their family members came out to C.B. Smith Park
on January 17th to enjoy good friends, good food and
a great day with the BSO family. This year’s picnic was
especially meaningful, as it was held in honor of those
BSO employees serving our nation in various branches of
the military. We hope you enjoy these photos as well as
those included inside this issue of Signal 14.
continued on pages 2, 6-11
2 Message From
the Sheriff 4 Dear Sheriff
Jenne 12 BSO
Biography 17 BSO Briefs
Message From the Sheriff
A Family Affair
I can’t think of a picnic I’ve enjoyed more than the one we all enjoyed
on January 17th. Each year, our Employee Appreciation Picnic breaks
attendance records and this year’s event was no different. According to
conservative estimates, more than 3, 500 employees, spouses, children
and significant others enjoyed what turned out to be a beautiful day at
C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.
Even though we had quite a crowd, there were a number of employees
who were sorely missed — particularly those who couldn’t attend because
they are serving in the U.S. Military protecting our country and promoting
freedom and democracy overseas. This year’s picnic was held in their
honor. We all hope that they’ll be home safely and look forward to seeing
them with their families at our next employee picnic.
Thanks to our recent merger with Broward County Fire Rescue, there
were many new faces at the picnic. We got a chance to meet husbands,
wives, children and other family members we haven’t had an opportunity
to meet previously. We hope they enjoyed the picnic and that they will
make it an annual tradition just as long-time BSO employees have.
Our thanks go out to all of those who helped make this year’s picnic
so enjoyable and memorable. There’s
no telling how long it will take us all
to burn off the extra calories we
had that day! (See “Statistically
Speaking” on page 14 to learn
just how much food we really ate!)
I can’t wait until next year!
— Sheriff Ken Jenne
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Breakfast with the Sheriff Communications
On December 12th, Sheriff Ken Jenne hosted his monthly Breakfast With the Sheriff
gathering. Those who participated include (seated, left to right): Dep. Stephanie
Poitier, Pompano Beach; Dep. Cherise Glasco, North Broward Bureau and Dep.
Delores Cameron, Main Jail Bureau (standing, left to right): Dep. Leila Garcia, It seems the Communications Division has had several
Lauderdale Lakes; Dep. Troy Klingner, unincorporated North Broward; Dep. Valerian
Perez, Criminal Investigations; Sheriff Ken Jenne; Dep. Linda Cooper, North Broward
deliveries from the stork recently ...
Bureau; Firefighter/Paramedic Ted Shaulis, Fire Rescue/Engine 17; Dep. Corey
Pendergrass, Pompano Beach and Det. Gonzalo Gandarillas, SID (not pictured). Dep. Waiel Elmaadawy of Central
Broward and his wife, Tasha, of
Communications, welcomed their third
child into the world on September
9th. Jaibreil Waiel weighed in at seven
pounds, three ounces. Siblings Alexis
and Malik anxiously awaited the birth
of their baby brother. Jaibreil Waiel Elmaadawy
Tanisha Wimberly of Communications welcomed her daughter, Taylore
Psalms Bell, on September 22nd. Taylore weighed seven pounds, five ounces
and has a seven-year-old brother named Torrien.
Corey Ann Delancy of Communications and her husband, Tucco,
welcomed their baby girl, Joey Jade, on September 30th. Joey weighed
eight pounds, two ounces and joined her older siblings, Cain and Trinity.
In other news from the Communications Division, everyone is proud of
Helen Lea, Nicole Witherspoon, Tonya Hamilton and Donna Frowick for
raising more than $500 for the fight against diabetes. Great job!
All in the Family
Every month we learn about more and more employees who have
relatives working alongside them at BSO. This month, it’s Det. Lynne
More BSO Babies
Philbrick of Criminal Investigations and her sister, Gayle Peterson, of Congratulations to Battalion Chief Don King of Fire Rescue on the birth of
DLE Administration. his granddaughter. Emily Alejandra arrived on December 3rd weighing seven
Gayle started her career in the City of Dania Beach in 1980. She pounds, nine ounces and measuring 19 3/4 inches.
continued her career with BSO after the city merged services with BSO.
Gayle has worked as a secretary in Professional Compliance, Countywide Best baby wishes to Kathy Risbridger-Wilder of Pretrial Services on
Operations, Communications and Criminal Investigations. the birth of her first grandson. Andrew Joseph Gordon Culberg arrived on
Lynne began her career with December 4th weighing six pounds, 10 oz, and was 20 inches long. Kathy’s
BSO began in 1991 as a Strategic son, Sgt. Bret Culberg and his wife, Amie, are in the United States Air Force
Intelligence Analyst. In 1995, she stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.
attended the police academy. She
started her career as a deputy Dep. Carlos Periu, Pompano Beach and his wife, Angela, are to be
in the City of Lauderdale Lakes congratulated on the birth of their first child. Andrew Christopher arrived on
and worked her way up from December 9th and weighed seven pounds, one ounce; he was 20 1/2 inches
road patrol to the detective long.
bureau. Recently, Lynne was
transferred to the Criminal The stork also visited Dwight Stephens of Drug Court and his wife,
Investigations Unit working Heather, on December 15th when their second child arrived. Taja Jordan
specifically in the Abuse weighed seven pounds, six ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches.
and Neglect section. She
is married to Dep. Joe Congratulations to Dep. Craig Deguiceis of Criminal Investigations and
Philbrick, who works in his wife, Ingrid, on the birth of their daughter, Gia Marie. She arrived on
Deerfield Beach. December 18th and weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 20 3/4
Det. Lynne Philbrick of Criminal Sgt. Carter Huber and Dep. Mary Huber, both of the North Broward
Investigations (left) with her Bureau, welcomed their third child on December 23rd. Ryan Carson weighed
sister, Gayle Peterson, of DLE seven pounds, seven ounces and measured 19 inches long.
Dear Sheriff Jenne
Taking the Time to Help A Professional Deputy
On January 15th, my sister and I (who are both senior citizens) were I was pulled over last night by Dep. Michael Powell (Pompano Beach)
at the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport after having been and I wanted to let you know how impressed I am by the professional
on a cruise in the Caribbean. We asked Dep. Russell Johnson (Airport) manner in which he handled the traffic citation. I would almost say it was
about the lines, and he promptly said that we should follow him and he a pleasure except that I now will have to spend $47 for the ticket. I cannot
would help us. He got us checked in, then took us inside and got us in the imagine how hard it is to be polite dealing with the public day in and day
security line. It is so rare to find someone today who takes the time to help out — especially when you are fining them! I hope this note will help in
people that I feel he should be commended for his courtesy and his help. having him recognized as being a superior officer.
Please convey our sincere thanks to him. Sincerely,
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office should be proud to have a man like David Rosen
him serving you.
Sincerely, Huge Problem for Me, Easy Fix for You
Margaret C. Holliman Recently on a flight from Boston, I forgot to retrieve my pocketbook
from under the seat. Of course, it contained my credit cards, license, cell
Thanks for the Help phone and house key. I did not realize this until we reached our home in
I am writing from Lion Television in London to thank you for the Coconut Creek.
assistance of some deputies from your Criminal Investigations Division. We I ran across the street to our neighbors, Sgt. Tom Gentile from BSO’s
recently filmed for the Animal Planet Network show called, “Miami, Animal North Lauderdale district, and he assisted us in calling the airline, baggage
Police.” The show is a documentary series following the work of South claim, lost & found, etc. To say the least, we got nowhere. Sgt. Gentile
Florida law enforcement agencies engaged in protecting animals. called Dep. Mike Johnston and Lt. Roy Liddicott at BSO’s Airport district.
We had several days of filming with Det. Mike Vadnal who was Just as the plane was getting ready to depart, a deputy went onboard and
exceptionally helpful and a pleasure to work with. We got several great retrieved my pocketbook. An unattended bag could have seemed like a
stories whilst riding with Det. Vadnal that I think will be an excellent huge safety concern for the airline, but your deputies were right on it.
showcase for the brilliant work the divisions are doing in fighting animal I would like to extend my deepest thanks to Sgt. Gentile, Dep. Johnston
cruelty. All of Det. Vadnal’s team from BSO was always of great assistance and Lt. Liddicott for their assistance. With all of the serious things you and
to us. your department have to deal with, this was a small matter, but it was a
I hope the work you guys are doing there continues to be so successful huge problem for me.
and I hope you enjoy the shows. Thanks again from all of us at Lion May God Bless you and all of the men and women of the Broward
Television and Animal Planet. I look forward to working with BSO again in Sheriff’s Office who work so hard to keep us all safe and on track.
the future. Sincerely,
Best regards, Carole Famiglietti
Joe Ward Coconut Creek
Director, Lion Television
Sheriff Ken Jenne received many letters from children who received holiday gifts through BSO’s Leadership Academy program.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t include them all, but following are a few of those letters ...
Grandma Was Proud A Charitable Child
of Me I just want to thank you for giving me a gift, but
I am writing this letter because I want to tell you that I gave the gift to someone
I want to thank you for the that needed it. I still want to thank you for thinking
Christmas gift. It was a great gift about me and I appreciate what you tried to give
for me to enjoy. Also, it made me. If I had any money I promise that I would send
me have a Merry Christmas you something but instead I just want to wish you
and I enjoyed using the gift. a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I wish you
My grandma was proud of me all the luck of being the head person of Broward
because I got this great gift from Sheriff’s Office.
you. I did not even know I was Sincerely,
going to get a gift. I would like to Kevin Grooms
thank you a lot.
The Only True Gift
I’m really grateful for the gift
that you gave me for Christmas. I play with it
all of the time. Besides, that’s the only true
gift I got this Christmas. So I thank you very
much for that NFL football. So thank you
again and have a Merry Christmas.
BSO Names New Chief Information Officer
Patrick J. Doliny was recently named the Director of reduce agency costs and continually improve the information-sharing
BSO’s Bureau of Information Resource infrastructure. BIRM also administers BSO’s Records Department, with 60
Management/Chief Information Officer. employees handling nearly 40,000 public information requests annually
In that capacity, he oversees the design, from law enforcement organizations and private residents.
implementation and maintenance of Mr. Doliny was formerly Vice-President/Director of Technology for
BSO’s computer systems and non- Microsoft Corporation’s Latin America’s Internet Division. Prior to that, he
emergency telephone equipment was the lead technologist for Nextel International’s “MiNextel Wireless
for more than 5,000 users. Project,” servicing four countries in Latin America. He has also held
He also has managerial numerous key technology positions at Equitrac Corporation, AnswerThink
responsibility for providing Consulting Group and VITAS Health Care.
customary technical assistance Mr. Doliny is a graduate of Florida International University where he
for BSO. His 40-person staff received his Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Business Management; he
members plan and install then went on to achieve his MBA in e-Business where he focused in
information systems that allow technology management. He is an active member of the local Institute of
regional information sharing, Management Accountants (IMA), the CIO Council of South Florida and has
eliminate repetitive tasks, been an active voice for the Digital Divide.
Patrick Doliny is BSO’s new
Chief Information Officer.
Meet Your Stars of the Month
When a vehicle occupied by four subjects almost On December 11th, Confinement Status Specialist Stephina
struck Dep. Michael Fazio on his BSO motorcycle, Carr processed a court disposition regarding an inmate currently
Dep. Fazio of North Lauderdale stopped that vehicle. The housed on the 8th floor of the Main Jail. The disposition was in
suspects fled on foot. A perimeter was established and a reference to an out of county murder charge, in which a local
search for the subjects began; they were Broward judge had set the bond at $30,000. Because this was
Dep. Michael Fazio located and arrested. A loaded shotgun an out of county charge, she found it unusual for a Broward
and handgun were recovered from judge to set such a bond. Therefore, she took the initiative to
the subjects’ vehicle. Interviews bring this disposition to the attention of her supervisor. The
with the suspects subsequently led supervisor agreed and also believed there was an issue with the
to information linking one of the judge’s signature. A meeting was immediately scheduled with
subjects to two unsolved homicides the judge. When presented with the court disposition, the judge
in Broward County. For his efforts, stated that she did not write the disposition and the signature
Dep. Fazio was a forgery.
is a BSO Because of Specialist Carr’s initiative, an inmate with a
Star of the murder charge remained in the custody of the Broward Sheriff’s
Month for Office and away from the general public. This was not only
December. an extraordinary act, it was also a very commendable act.
Needless to say, if this inmate had been released on bond,
the negative impact on the Sheriff’s Office would have been
immeasurable. Ms. Carr was subsequently named a December
BSO Star of the Month.
Congratulations to all of our December Stars of the Month:
Department of Detention Det. Jeffery Rogers, Det. Bernard Brown, Det. Craig Brown and
Dep. Mary Scott, Main Jail Bureau Det. Andrew Cardarelli, Central Broward
Dep. Rene Bran, Stockade Facility Court Dep. Timothy Kennedy and Court Dep. Patrick Johnston,
Stephina Carr, Central Intake Courthouse
Dep. Linda Kinne, North Broward Bureau Dep. Eric Weiner, Tamarac
Nicole Fields-Davis, Classification Unit Det. Justin Popps, Det. Bryan Tutler, Det. Aldemar Rengifo,
Eddy Montrose, Conte Facility Det. Douglas Wendt, Det. Steven Lukas and Det. Eric Caldwell, Weston/
David Baldwin, Sheriff’s North Jail SW Ranches
Dep. Jean Bernard Amedee, ICJS Sgt. Thomas Steele, unincorporated North Broward
Sgt. Thomas Palmer, Deerfield Beach
Department of Law Enforcement Det. Francis Heitmann and Dep. Christopher Blankenship, Pompano Beach
Nicole Witherspoon, Christina Marsh and Sandra Potoczek, Communications Sgt. Richard Pisanti, Oakland Park
Anissa Stephenson, CPIS Dep. Joseph Cona, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Annette Stubbs, Countywide Operations Dep. Jerry Vosburgh, Port Everglades
Sgt. Kennard Campbell, Pembroke Park/South Broward Dep. Michael Fazio, North Lauderale
Dep. Shawn Mears and Dep. Semaj Jackson, Dania Beach Carol Roe, Criminal Investigations
Carmen Romero, Airport Jani Scolaro and Kathryn Richards, Civil Division
Det. James Suarez and Det. Scott Caperton, Lauderdale Lakes Anna Rouhana, Training Division
PICNIC PHOTOS continued from cover
BSO Biography Q: Over the past few months, I’ve
Sandra Paine noticed a change in the BSOinformant
website. It is now virtually impossible to
Lieutenant - Fire Rescue get any information from sites that are
Acquired by BSO: My hero: linked to the web — DODCC maintenance
October 1, 2003 (started at BCFR in Any ordinary person who rises to requests, sheriff.org, etc. Every attempt to
September 1988) the occasion when placed in an connect asks for a password. Is this a BIRM
extraordinary situation issue or are the firewalls set-up for security
Born in: purposes? If so how do we obtain access?
Boston, Massachusetts If I could have any job
in the world, I would A: While BSO does have firewalls for security, BIRM advises me that
this issue is most likely related to the “permissions” allowed on the
Currently living in: want to be:
physical computer you are using. Internet access is not available on every
A really nice house — finally! An actor
BSO computer for various reasons; your supervisor will know if your
computer has permissions set-up for Internet usage. Please first talk to
Also living with me: Three words that your supervisor. If there is an access problem, call the BIRM Help Desk at
My adorable 7-year-old son, three describe me best: (954) 831-8301.
crazy dogs and an attack bird Enthusiastic, responsible and
Q: I recently received information from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which,
as I’m sure you agree, is a reputable, worthy charity. This information stated that
Change is the only constant in life For a lift I: employers can offer payroll deductions from employees, in specified amounts, that can
— go with it Meditate; if that doesn’t work, it’s be directly donated to this foundation. Is this something that BSO can offer in the
time for chocolate future?
If I were the Sheriff, I
would: Something you A : I value your commitment to charity and share your belief that this is
Have a trusted confidant; it’s a big probably didn’t know a worthy cause. As you can understand, unless it is a large representation
burden to carry alone about me: of employees, it may be administratively burdensome for the agency.
I drop everything to play with my However, if you do have a large group of interested employees, you may
You can’t tell from son with no guilt at all seek permission through your chain-of-command to BSO’s Director of
looking at me that: Finance, Bill MacDonald.
I am a hopeless romantic at heart Greatest fear:
Something bad happening Q: We have two fleet facilities: one in Fort Lauderdale and one in Pompano
Most treasured to my son Beach. On a couple of occasions, we have had employees who were leaving work go
possession: out to their vehicles and find that they have a flat tire. When fleet was asked to assist
My dad’s pocket watch Movie or book that them to change the tires, they were denied. Is there any specific reason for not being
best describes my life: able to help an employee change a flat tire, especially at 11 p.m. when they have to
People tell me I look like: Indiana Jones (I wish!) and A Tree wait outside in their vehicle for a tow company until sometimes 1 a.m.?
Debra Winger (on a good day) and Grown in Brooklyn (in reality)
a hedgehog (on a bad day) A: I agree this was an unfortunate event and asked Fleet Services to
provide me with an explanation. Repairs at both facilities are performed
Favorite TV show:
by an outside vendor; they are not BSO employees. Due to the contract
In my spare time I: Star Trek Enterprise
terms, they are not required to perform repairs to vehicles without
Drive my friends crazy
assigned unit numbers. So, they were not required to assist — though it
Causes I most believe in: would have been a good faith gesture at such a late hour. Additionally,
In high school I was: Blood donation and Habitat for
when employees driving BSO-issued vehicles experience problems and
A shy, very uncool Humanity
are not satisfied with the results from our outside vendor, I strongly urge
them to contact BSO’s Fleet Supervisor at (954) 765-4430.
and a terrible Best advice I ever
daydreamer received: Q: Would it be possible to have cameras installed in the Main Jail Sally Port
Remember the Golden Rule area and video monitors inside the Sally Port control room? They will enable
Favorite personnel manning that high security area to monitor ingress and egress of police
quote: Oddest thing in my and transportation vehicles. There are a lot of blind corners in the Sally Port, and
I may not win closet: cameras will help ensure that there are no inmates or new arrestees walking about
the fight, but The pump for my whirlpool tub; I before the gate is opened to accept an incoming or departing vehicle. It is a serious
you’ll know hope it never leaks! escape risk situation.
there Recent trips: A : Thank you for your safety-minded suggestion. We are installing
North Carolina and Daytona Beach cameras on the outside of the Main Jail and I have directed Lt. Col. Frey
and his staff to review this area to determine their effectiveness in the
Longevity of Service Awards
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is pleased to congratulate the following employees for reaching a milestone of service during the month of December:
5-Year Award Giddarie, Conte Facility; Ossie Hawthorne- Calabrese, EMS Operations; Capt. Mark
Danielle Alcindor, Probation; Court Dep. Dailey, Inmate Programs; and Firefighter/ Cohen, EMS Operations; Dep. Robert
Lawrence Ewan, Courthouse; Anne Fisher, Paramedic Robert Melendez, Fire Prevention. McDonald, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; Dep. Brad
In-Custody; Brian Flagler, Fire Rescue Miller, Tamarac; Ida Newton, Main Jail Bureau;
Communications; Diana Gonzalez, Port 15-Year Award Gary Simmons, Communications; and Dep.
Everglades; Lakesha Howell, Communications; Sgt. David Auriemmo, North Broward Bureau; Mark Trudel, Pembroke Park/South Broward.
Dep. John Hubacheck, Weston/SW Ranches; Dep. Kenneth Autenrieb, Pompano Beach;
Dep. Marshall Kimble, Port Everglades; Dep. Dep. Nathaniel Bailey, Sheriff’s North Jail; Dep. 25-Year Award
John Maine, Conte Facility; Kristy Morris, Collette Barnwell, Countywide Operations; Civil Dep. Kathy Ambrose, Civil Division;
DUI/BAT; Firefighter Rafael Omana, Aircraft Dep. Thomas Bourdage, Courthouse; Sgt. Luis Sgt. Alan Bock, Pompano Beach; and Deborah
Rescue; Dep. Bradley Rocks, Deerfield Beach; Galindez, Central Intake; Barry Gross, Deerfield Pollock, Pompano Beach.
Dep. James Thomas, Deerfield Beach; and Dep. Beach; Marcia Hyde, Pompano Beach; Dep.
Wanda Torres Ramnarine, Deerfield Beach. Christopher Kapish, Oakland Park; and Dep. 30-Year Award
Dwight Wright, Pompano Beach. Civil Dep. Sandra Hoke, Civil Division; Ruth
10-Year Award Ann Kopsa, Civil Division; and Dep. Charles
Janet Chamagua, Central Accounting; Dep. 20-Year Award Wolfe, Port Everglades.
Kevin Correa, Central Intake; Sgt. Josefa Lt. John Bukata, CPIS; Paramedic Grace
With Our Deepest Sympathies
Sheriff Ken Jenne and the entire BSO organization extend deepest sympathies to the following employees on the recent loss of their loved ones:
Dep. Ralph Damone, Conte Facility Dawn Hamilton-Rigby, Communications Dep. Alfred Guastalli, Jr., North Broward Bureau
(grandmother Connie Genna) (mother Audrey Hamilton) (father Alfred Guastalli, Sr.)
Court Dep. Antonio Egues, Courthouse Trellis Moreland, Training Firefighter Jimmy Chandler, Fire Rescue
(mother Berta Egues) (sister Carleica Harvey) (father James M. Chandler)
Anne Fisher, DUI/ATACC Dep. Edward Simmons, Tamarac Gene Herrera, Fire Rescue
(mother Vashti Fisher) (mother Mary Simmons; Dep. Simmons’ father, (father-in-law Samuel Suchman)
Bud Simmons, also passed away recently)
Dep. Scott Peever, North Lauderdale We also regret the passing of:
(mother Judith Brown; Mrs. Brown was also the Cadet Eric Blake, DLE
mother-in-law of Sgt. Christopher McCrerey, (grandmother Dorothy Marriott) Dennis Deodato (retired), Fire Rescue
Carl Rader, Communications BSO’s and Florida’s Oldest Full-time
Dep. Frank Echeandia, Main Jail Bureau (mother Katherine Rader) Deputy Dies
(father Ismael Echeandia)
Steve Yuresko, Crime Scene Unit BSO is mourning the loss of Dep. David
Dep. William McGraw, Pembroke Park/ (mother-in-law Sylvia Singh) Robert Harris, 75, who passed away on January
South Broward 3rd of natural causes. Dep. Harris, believed to
(father William McGraw, Sr.) Dep. Marcus McNelley, Stockade Facility have been the oldest working full-time deputy
(father William McNelley; Mr. McNelley was also in Florida, had planned to retire from BSO on
Dep. Mike Catalano, Mounted Unit the father-in-law of Dep. Maria McNelley, Main May 31st of this year. “Our hearts go out to his
(mother Gracy Amy Csaszar) Jail Bureau) family,” says Sheriff Ken Jenne. “We will always
remember him as a dedicated and caring public
Cadet Ralph Mackey, DLE Deputy Keith Bennett, unincorporated servant.”
(grandmother Elizabeth Bruno) North Broward Described as sincere, tactful and courteous
(grandmother Josephine Bradley) when dealing with the public, Dep. Harris
Dep. Robert Brown, Conte Facility received several letters of commendation
(grandmother Iris Miliyak) Court Dep. Rafael Del Rios, Courthouse and appreciation for his participation in youth
(mother Delores Del Rios) programs while working in BSO’s Department
Sgt. John Dykie, Deerfield Beach of Community Involvement. He was known to
(father Lewis Dykie) Dep. Wonza Moore, Conte Facility incorporate magic tricks into his safety and drug
(grandfather James Hoggin) awareness presentations and one of his proudest
Dep. Cynthia Turner, Sheriff’s North Jail accomplishments was a safety-themed coloring
(sister Kimberly Butler) Kenneth Berthiaume, Classification Unit book he developed for children.
(grandmother Mildred Berthiaume) The 29-year veteran of professional law
Beverly Reese, Weston/SW Ranches enforcement started his career with the Tamarac
(brother Rodney Reese) Sgt. Ryan Allen, Main Jail Bureau Police Department in September of 1974 and
(mother Sadie Allen) continued on as a deputy when the department
Peter Valdez, Pretrial Release merged with BSO in July 1989.
(father Bruno Valdez)
Statistically Speaking Teaming Up to Save Lives
By Francisco Fajardo, Community Relations
With 3,500+ people in attendance, the 2004 BSO Annual Employee
At a special ceremony held on January
Appreciation Picnic was a huge success! This year, the picnic held special
22nd, Sheriff Ken Jenne and members of
meaning as it was held in honor of the men and women from BSO Tenet South Florida donated 11 Automated
External Defibrillators (AEDs) to Tri-Rail for
serving our country as activated military personnel. Check out the amount use on its commuter trains. AEDs are medical
of food, ice, etc. needed to feed everyone at the picnic: devices used to apply strong electrical shocks
to the heart to restore a normal rhythm.
This ceremony marks the beginning
of BSO’s commitment to developing its
massive defibrillation program for the entire
pounds of chicken served Broward County mass transit system. Medical
devices such as these increase the chances Sheriff Ken Jenne (left to right) with
Tenet Vice-President Mark Bryan and
430 for anyone who should fall victim to cardiac
arrest and may mean the difference between
life and death. Statistics such as “15,500
Tri-Rail Deputy Director Jack Stephens.
pounds of hotdogs served people dying in the tri-county area of Palm, Broward and Miami-Dade
counties of cardiac arrests,” only validate the importance of AEDs.
850 Several members of BSO’s Department of Fire Rescue demonstrated the
simple and life-saving procedure. Eventually, BSO Fire Rescue will certify all
Tri-Rail conductors and on-board personnel in operating these units before
pounds of hamburger cooked
they are installed in each of the trains. “We have installed 353 AEDs in the
county. You’ll find them at the courthouses, the libraries, the airport and the
7,200 seaport, and in parks - among other places,” says the Sheriff. Sheriff Jenne
is proud to participate in this partnership with Tri-Rail and Tenet South
hamburger and hotdog buns used Florida, which will continue to bring BSO to the forefront of public safety in
total pounds of potato salad, macaroni salad and coleslaw consumed POWERTRAC :
3,400 A Public Presentation
ears of corn enjoyed
Since the inception of the POWERTRACsm program in 1998, Sheriff
Ken Jenne has fielded hundreds of inquiries about the innovative law
600 enforcement accountability system and hosted dozens of visitors at actual
POWERTRACsm sessions. As time goes on, interest in POWERTRACsm has
pounds of baked beans served only grown. With that in mind, the Sheriff asked the Training Department to
offer a two-day seminar designed to explain the POWERTRACsm process to
3,000 interested members of the law enforcement community.
Late last year, Lt. Robert Schlegel (formerly of the Training Division,
currently with the Department of Community Control) put together the
cookies consumed resulting “Accountability for Law Enforcement Professionals” seminar, calling
upon BSO experts and professors from Nova Southeastern University to
800 assist. Sixty-two participants attended the program, which consisted of
an overview of the importance of accountability in law enforcement and
addressed such topics as operations
brownies enjoyed plans, data analysis, zone reports,
uniform crime reports and staff
15 inspections. The seminar culminated
in the attendees rotating through
actual POWERTRACsm sessions held
sheet cakes prepared
at the Public Safety Building.
Noted speakers included
5,000 Maj. John Carroll of Staff
Inspections, Maj. Larry Rogers
pounds of ice used BSO’s first publicly offered seminar on of POWERTRACsm and Lt.
the POWERTRACsm process attracted 62 Brian Montgomery, also of
200 POWERTRACsm. The 54 attendees
from outside the BSO organization ranged in rank from lieutenants to
sheriffs. “Our attendees included a colonel from Monroe County, the
pounds of charcoal burned Assistant Chief Commissioner for the Bahamas and even several members of
the U.S. Capitol Police,” explains Lt. Schlegel. “They all left very impressed
with Sheriff Jenne’s POWERTRACsm process because it allows command staff
to share ideas and effectively and efficiently use resources.”
Celebrating Our Cultural Richness
A Message from the EEO Division
“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy; now is the dreams deferred. We cannot minimize how far we have all traveled in
time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit reaching this place. This agency and the remarkable assembly of people
path of racial justice; now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands from literally around the globe at the BSO Employee Picnic were evidence
of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood; now is the time to make of extraordinary achievements and sacrifices spent in the march toward
justice a reality for all God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to social justice and equality.
overlook the urgency of the movement.” It would be equally unfair to minimize how far we have yet to travel.
“So I say to you, my friends, that even though we must face the Although we all move relatively free within these United States and enjoy
difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply the fruits of civil rights advocacy labor, remaining are the complexities of
rooted in the American dream that one day this nation will rise up and live difference that have not been easily untangled. Inequalities and injustice
out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self-evident, persist in our society, and yes, even in the work place. Too often, ones’
that all men are created equal.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability distort our
These words were uttered more than 40 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther perceptions of anothers’ human value, character and contributions.
King, Jr. as he addressed thousands in Washington in his most acclaimed BSO’s diverse workforce is symbolic of our continual commitment to take
speech, “I have a Dream,” amid the backdrop of horrific social injustices. the next steps in this journey towards a truly one nation, one Florida, one
On January 19th, we observed his life, his legacy and reflected on our Broward and one BSO. Let’s continue to celebrate our cultural richness as
collective accomplishments in uniting humanity, while grappling with we move forward in the diversity journey.
You Make the Call
Carper v. DeLand, 54 F.3rd 613 (10th Cir. 1995)
The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) instituted a “Legal Services What the Appellate Court Decided:
Plan” whereby two private attorneys would assist inmates with the The appellate court reversed the decision of the district court. The
preparation and filing of state and federal petitions for writs of habeas appellate court explained that prisoners do have a constitutional right
corpus, and with initial pleadings in civil rights actions challenging of access to the courts, and that states have an affirmative obligation to
conditions of confinement within the UDC. The Legal Services Plan did provide such access through adequate law libraries or adequate assistance
not provide inmates with assistance in general civil matters (wills, divorces, from persons trained in the law. However, the court further explained
worker’s compensation and creditor-debtor disputes, etc.), nor did it that the constitution mandates only that the detention facilities provide
provide assistance beyond the initial pleading stage of a lawsuit. assistance in the preparation of state or federal writs of habeas corpus, or
The inmates filed a complaint against UDC seeking a declaratory the initial pleading stages in civil rights actions challenging the conditions
judgment that the UDC’s Legal Services Plan violated their constitutional of current confinement. The appellate court noted, however, that although
right of access to the courts. The inmates sought an injunction to compel a state has no affirmative duty to assist inmates in general civil matters, the
the UDC to provide inmates with attorney assistance in general civil matters state may not erect barriers that impede the right of access of incarcerated
and beyond the initial pleading stage in all civil actions. persons.
On motion for summary judgment by the inmates, the federal district
court ruled that the UDC’s Legal Services Plan provided “insufficient legal What This Ruling Means:
assistance to meet constitutional requirements,” and ordered the UDC Inmates do retain a constitutional right of access to the courts while
to provide legal assistance to inmates in general civil matters. The UDC incarcerated. This constitutional right is satisfied by a detention facility when
appealed the district court’s decision to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal. it provides inmates with adequate law libraries or adequate assistance from
persons trained in the law with state or federal habeas corpus matters,
You Decide: appeals from criminal convictions and civil rights actions challenging
Is a detention facility required to provide legal assistance to inmates in conditions of current confinement. While a detention facility does not have
general civil matters such as divorce, worker’s compensation, small claims to assist an inmate in any other type of matter, it also may not impede an
inmate’s right of access to the courts on these matters.
actions, termination of parental rights or collection?
News From Our Troops
The Latest From Sgt. Thompson So, to you sir and to everyone else in my BSO family I want
Well, things have been very busy lately. We are about to say thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for
three months out from returning home. We are very excited, being strong men and women of character. God bless you all In Support of America
but there are some important things we must accomplish and I hope to see you very soon. I want to personally thank you for
first before we can leave. We must transfer authority to our Dep. Robert Parcell, Main Jail Bureau your sacrifice on behalf of the United
replacement unit, which is a Reserve unit from Massachusetts. States of America. The mobilization of a
We have approximately 10 days to show them our operations. Outstanding Employees valued employee to active military duty
Units have already begun to re-deploy back home and I am a deputy sheriff assigned to the training division. I am
requires a sacrifice that many employers
we must eagerly wait on our turn. We should be flying also a member of the Army Reserve. On December 10th, I
out sometime in April going back to Fort Stewart for final received orders that I had been transferred to a mobilizing do not understand. The hardship you
processing, which may take seven to 12 days. We are very unit in Tallahassee with a reporting date of December endured in “keeping America running”
proud of the job that we have done. Operation Iraqi Freedom 15th. Needless to say, I had to stop my life on a dime, turn without your citizen-soldiers exhibits the
(OIF) part 1 is almost complete and now it is time for OIF 2. everything around, get my affairs in order and report for
highest degree of patriotism and makes
We hope our replacements receive all the support that we deployment. I had to contact Human Resources to ensure my
pay and benefits would continue during my transition period. our nation the greatest in the world.
did. We appreciate all the prayers, supplies and letters that
help us make it through. We are eager to get back to reunite I want to draw your attention to an outstanding employee When challenged by the forces of
with our family and friends but must stay focused and finish out working in that section, Jennifer Wheeler. Ms. Wheeler evil, America responded. As long as
our last few months. Please continue to keep us in your prayers ensured that all my affairs were in order and that my benefits our soldiers are trained and ready, we
and pray that we have a safe and quick return. and pay would continue for the required time. She explained
ensure the security of our homes and
Thanks again from our hearts. everything that I would need to do and answered all my
questions. Understandably, I was highly stressed during this freedom from tyranny worldwide. Your
Sgt. Anthony Thompson, Central Intake
time. Her patience, knowledge and understanding were greatly continued support of citizen-soldiers is
Thanks from Iraq appreciated. vital to that effort.
I work in Central Intake at the Main Jail Bureau, Alpha Shift. I I am now currently at Ft. Benning, Georgia, undergoing pre- In my travels throughout our country,
have been deployed now over a year assisting with Operation deployment training and will be going to Iraq for at least one
many employers tell me how honored
Iraqi Freedom. I am here in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, with several BSO year, where I will work for the 160th Military Police Battalion
in an Enemy Prisoner of War/Civilian Internee compound. they are to support the Guardsmen and
employees and will hopefully be heading home soon. Being
Needless to say, I am a little apprehensive. But I am comforted Reservists in their companies during
deployed away from family and home comes with numerous
stresses. I am very thankful and proud to say that none of those by the knowledge that the leadership of BSO - from the top this difficult and challenging time.
stresses have come from my place of employment. down - supports those employees who have military reserve Any soldier will tell you that kind of
Jennifer Wheeler has been very helpful and a blessing to commitments. I would also like to mention that I was personally
support from the “home front” is crucial
my wife, who has called in with a question from time to time. contacted by my entire BSO chain of command (Sgt. Bill
Pennypacker, Lt. John Lawless, Capt. Dave Robshaw and to mission accomplishment. Please
The men and women that I worked with at the jail have kept
me informed of BSO news and happenings, gone out of their Inspector General Martin Rahinsky) who told me that I should understand that your contribution and
way to make sure that I was represented at bid time and have call on them should I need anything. That kind of support is that of your employees have been a key
sent care packages to ease our time spent here on the other rarely found. I am glad that I will have a position to return to
part of the Army’s successful fight in the
side of the world. when my deployment is over.
global war on terrorism. Again, please
Even you have had a direct impact on my family. My wife Rest assured that after 23 good years, I plan to retire from the
Army Reserve after my return and dedicate myself to furthering accept my heartfelt thanks for what you
told me the story when you walked into her place of business
to thank them for the use of their parking lot next to the North my career with BSO. Thank you for your attention to this matter, do for the Army and your country.
Lauderdale Sub-Station on Kimberly Boulevard. My wife, being and I hope that you will see fit to recognize the outstanding Freedom’s guardian!
a very emotional person, started to cry when she told you employees I have mentioned.
Larry R. Ellis
that I worked for you and was over here in Iraq and wanted to Sincerely,
Dep. Robert Chenoweth, Training Division General, U.S. Army Commanding
personally thank you for your help and support. She told me that
(Master Sergeant, US Army Reserve)
your words to her were very comforting and put here at ease.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
March April May
2nd - Performance Evaluations: From Planning to 2nd - O.C. Pepper Spray (8 a.m. - 12 noon) 3rd-6th - Ground Defense (5 p.m. - 9 p.m.) (ALL DAYS)
Presenting* (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 7th - Domestic Violence/Juvenile Sex Offenders 5th - Domestic Violence/Juvenile Sex Offenders
4th - Business Grammar (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
5th - Human Diversity (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 9th - CPR/AED (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 12th - Operational Planning (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
8th-12th - Introduction to Criminal Investigations 9th - Infant CPR (8 a.m. - 12 noon) 14th - Human Diversity (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
(8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) (ALL DAYS) 15th, 22nd and 29th - Administrative Support Series 18th - Coping With Stress (8:30 a.m. - 12 noon)
16th - The Leader Within: Communicating Non- (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) (ALL DAYS) 18th - Narcotics Identification (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Defensively (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 16th - Human Diversity (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 19th - Project Management (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
17th - Domestic Violence/Juvenile Sex Offenders 19th - Flex Baton Re-Certification (8 a.m. - 10 a.m.) 21st - Tactical Shooting (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
(8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 20th - Fundamentals of Supervision (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 25th - Time Management: Getting Ahead Without
19th - Tactical Shooting (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 21st - DLE F.T.D. Orientation (8 a.m. - 12 noon) Getting Behind (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
23rd - The Leader Within: Communicating Skillfully 23rd - Supervisor Stop Stick (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) 26th - Domestic Violence/Juvenile Sex Offenders
and Assertively (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 26th - Stun Device (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
25th - Business Writing (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 26th - Expandable Baton (8 a.m. - 12 noon) 27th - Accountability That Works! NEW
26th - Human Diversity (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 27th - Accountability That Works! NEW (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
30th - The Leader Within: Who Moved My Cheese? (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
(8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) *Management Only
Mock Prison Riot Mounted Unit
Training Wall of Fame
Recently, BSO’s Emergency
Response Team (ERT) members
attended a mock riot training
in Moundsville, West Virginia.
Such training prepares the
ERT team using innovative
training techniques. Attendees Recently, the insurance company that insures BSO’s horses asked the Risk Management
included: Lt. Joseph Crane, Division if they could display photos of BSO’s four-legged finest. Here’s what they now
Central Intake; Lt. James have displayed on the wall in their corporate office!
Cerone, Main Jail Bureau;
Sgt. Mikeron Calvin, Main
Jail Bureau; Sgt. George
Colt, Main Jail Bureau; Sgt.
Little Miracles Go a
Eric Adams, Central Intake;
Dep. James Canty, Central
Intake; Sgt. Howard Martzall,
Training; and Dep. Gene A big “thank you” to everyone
Nardi, Training. Pictured here who donated Miracle Boxes
in front of Moundsville Prison for the girls at the Pace
are (left to right): Sgt. Colt, Center. We delivered 50 boxes
Sgt. Martzall and Dep. Nardi. to the program on December
19th. These “little miracles”
went a long way toward
Fire Rescue Station making a brighter holiday
season for the girls. Pictured
here with some of the girls at
Adopts Families PACE are Bethany Scalf and
Capt. Barbara Chovan of
You just never know where you’ll read
about BSO next! A friend of BSO who was
recently visiting Bangkok, Thailand, clipped
this article from the Bangkok Post. It lauds
the efforts of BSO Fire Rescue personnel who
are making it possible for potential heart
attack victims to be transported to medical
facilities where they can quickly receive heart
surgery, vs. facilities where that service may
not be available.
The firefighters at Station 21 in unincorporated North Broward recently adopted Deputy Plays
two families for the holidays through a program offered by the Broward County
Human Services Division Family Success Center. They raised $280 to purchase gifts,
wrapping and food for the families to enjoy on Christmas morning. Their A shift
delivered Santa’s gifts. Pictured here along with some of the happy family members For the sixth year in a row, Dep. Robert
are (left to right): Firefighter/Paramedic Darcy Williamson, Lt. Herb Schosnig and Kreitzman of the North Broward Bureau and
Driver Engineer Mark Ball. his wife, Eileen, purchased and distributed
toys for the holidays to more than 30 children
at Palms West Hospital in Royal Palm Beach
near where they live. The Kreitzmans began the
tradition after the tragic loss of their month-old
son, Nicholas, six years ago. They have since been
joined by daughters Brianna (5) and Laura (3).
Flag Football Lt. Bechard Retires
Super Bowl From the Air Force
Congratulations to Melissa and Woody Broadhurst on their son Ryan reaching the
Super Bowl of flag football in Coral Springs recently. Ryan played for the 49ers,
under the direction of his coach and father, Dep. Woody Broadhurst of BSO’s
Lauderdale Lakes District, and with help from his brother, Matt, who served
as the team’s teen advisor. They advanced to the “Super Bowl” by winning three
elimination-bracket games over the Patriots, Giants and finally, the Bucs. Melissa
Broadhurst works in Criminal Investigations.
Christmas Party Pics
Lt. Michael Bechard is pictured here in full regalia during his Air Force
On January 10th, Central Intake’s Lt. Michael Bechard retired from the
United States Air Force after 22 years of honorable service. Surrounded
by approximately 200 friends and family, Air Force members shared
memories and stories about their friend and comrade. Retiring as Chief
This year’s Civil Division Master Sergeant, Mike Bechard’s military career encompasses numerous
holiday party was its
customary success, as you achievements and accolades.
can see from this group In December 1975, Bechard enlisted in the Air Force, under the delayed
shot! You can also see it in
the smiling faces of (from enlistment program for four years. After basic training, he went on to
left to right): Elizabeth successfully complete the six and one-half week Security Police Technical
Fitzgerald, Cmdr. John
School. His first duty station was at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in
Grimes and Donna
Johnson. The division North Carolina where he was assigned to the 4th Security Police Squadron.
hopes everyone at BSO With the exception of a few temporary duty assignments, he remained
enjoyed a healthy and
happy holiday season. there the entire four years. In December of 1979, he was honorably
discharged from the Air Force, and moved to Morganton, North Carolina.
Boot Camp Instructors
In February 1980, he was employed by the North Carolina Department
of Corrections, working at a medium custody gun camp located in
Marion, North Carolina. During that time, he attended college and earned
a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Gardner Webb University.
Bechard remained at the North Carolina Department of Corrections until he
Two of BSO’s Boot Camp instructors were recognized recently for being top graduates
at an instructor’s course. Dep. Osvaldo Nino (left) received the Honor Graduate and accepted employment at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in November 1984.
is presently working at the Leadership Academy. Dep. Kertria Lofton received the In February 1986, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves and the 482nd
Leadership award; she works at the boot camp at the Stockade Facility.
Security Forces at Homestead Air Reserve Base, retaining the rank of E-4.
In 1996, he was promoted to Technical Sergeant, where he remained until
his promotion to the rank of Master Sergeant. In November 2000, he was
promoted to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. In October 2001, Bechard
was activated to Active Duty status under Operation Enduring Freedom/
Noble Eagle. In November 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Chief
Master Sergeant and remained in activated status until March 3, 2003.
Everyone at BSO shares the sentiment that Chief Master Sergeant
Bechard is by far one of the most honorable men they know. On behalf of
the entire Broward Sheriff’s Office, we say, “Well done, faithful servant. You
make us proud.”
Newly AJA Certified Santa and His Elf
Capt. Keith Neely of the Main Jail Bureau, Capt. Kim Spadaro of Central Intake, Lt. School Resource Dep. Mike Johnson (a/k/a Santa) and Dep. Lee Rodriguez (a/k/a
Michael Bechard of Central Intake and Classification Manager Darren Sieger successfully Elf ) from Pompano Beach are pictured here giving away toys to children who are less
completed the Certified Jail Manager’s Test and were awarded their certificates from the fortunate. All of the toys (and food, too) were donated by local community members
American Jail Association (AJA). Pictured here are (left to right): Capt. Neely, Capt. and businesses. The children enjoyed pizza, finger sandwiches, cookies and cake along
Spadaro, Lt. Bechard, Col. James Wimberly and Darren Sieger. Congrats! with juice. The district also made food baskets for the families.
Thanks for Helping Deerfield Beach’s
the Children “Breakfast With Santa”
The Deerfield Beach district
The Human Resources Division would like to share the following held a “Breakfast With
letter with the following divisions/departments thanking them for their Santa” for less fortunate
participation in the annual holiday food and toy drive for the Children’s families just before the
Christmas holiday. The
Home Society: event was sponsored
BIRM Legal Division by the Deerfield Beach
Community Affairs Team
Civil Organizational Development
and was funded through
Crime Lab and Accreditation area homeowner groups and
Department of Detention Purchasing Bureau local businesses.
Department of Law Enforcement Training
Finance and Budget
“Dear Friends of Children’s Home Society:
During this special time of year we are so grateful for the support we
receive from the community and we welcome the opportunity to thank
each person who has generously opened their heart to the children and
families we serve. Please know that your wonderful donation of toys and
gifts was delivered in time for the holidays and that you have brought joy
Jennifer Schaefer of Probation had a
to a child who would have otherwise been without that special thrill felt great time when she attended a recent
on Christmas morning. FAU football game. Her daughter,
Children’s Home Society of Florida continues to grow stronger every Alyssa, is photographed here with the
FAU Owls’ Mascot.
year in our commitment to develop our programs and provide quality
services. We are able to set our goals high because we know we have
the community by our side supporting our mission. On behalf of our
Board of Directors, staff and most importantly, the children, I thank you
again for sharing the spirit of the holidays with us. We look forward
to working with you in the New Year as we continue to embrace our
children and inspire lives, together.”
Director of Development
Our efforts truly made the children’s holiday very special.
Thank you again!
Hazardous Materials Team
Administratively High-tech equipment we What we’re currently
responsible to: use includes: working on:
Wayne Mailliard, Deputy Personal protective gear Employing new equipment and training received
Chief of Emergency ranging from level D (firefighter through the federal and state grant process;
Operations and Training protective clothing) to level A (totally maintaining the competencies required by
encapsulating clothing) enabling us to federal and state mandates; ensuring the
Managed and remove victims from environments that are highest level of protection for the public
hazardous to their health while mitigating and the responder through such efforts as
supervised by: the release of chemical, biological, standardization of equipment and operating
Battalion Chief Peter
radiological, flammable or etiological procedures with neighboring Haz-Mat teams
DeJesse, with Capt. Drew
Pelton as the station
Plans for the future:
Other equipment: Continue our training efforts; research technical
Allows us to monitor the atmosphere for publications and consult with outside experts in
Number of employees: radiologicals, low- or high-oxygen levels, the the field to look at and review new equipment
presence of flammable environments and and standard operational procedures
the presence of chemicals and/or biologicals;
Hours of operation: state-of-the-art equipment reduces the time Most important tools we use:
24 hours a day, seven days a week
between the sample collection phase and the Our brains and common sense
identification of an unknown substance, enables
Location: mitigation efforts to commence sooner Challenges we face:
Fire Station 23, located at 2200 SW 46 Avenue,
Responding to each and every incident because
Fort Lauderdale, just south of Peters Road
The Haz-Mat vehicle: no two incidents are exactly identical
Consists of a specially equipped tractor-
Mission: trailer containing computerized detection How to reach us:
To pre-plan all facilities that warehouse
and monitoring equipment, communications (954) 791-1055
hazardous materials in quantities that meet or
systems, a mobile weather station, protective
exceed threshold limits in order to respond in as
clothing and remedial supplies
safe a manner as possible during emergencies
Who we primarily work with: Honors or awards
We work closely with the Haz-Mat teams for Fort we’ve received:
Lauderdale, Hollywood and Sunrise. We are also We received an
designated by the state as one of the five teams award from the U.S.
in southeast Florida to respond to significant Occupational Safety and
hazardous materials incidents or incidents Health Department for an
involving weapons of mass destruction entrapment rescue
Members of the Haz-Mat Team include (from left to right): Capt. Drew Pelton,
Driver Engineer Michael Coombs, Firefighter Stephen Rybak, Firefighter
Michael Kane, Firefighter Al Mecias and Driver Engineer Mike Jankowski.
Broward Sheriff’s Office
2601 Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
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