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17th AnnuAl toys for tots
& teens Brings smiles to
locAl youth And their fAmilies
n December 19th, the multi-media
room at the PSB looked a little
for their age group. It was a sight to see as the kids
entered the room filled with toys, big smiles lit up
different than it usually does – it was
filled from floor to ceiling with toys,
their faces. The parents did not go home empty
handed either. Seventy-five parents and families also
games, bikes and dolls! The 17th Annual Toys for received small gifts to help out this holiday season
Tots & Teens drive was a great success bringing in – a $20 gift card to Publix. Participants were not
more than $7,000 in donations from businesses only greeted by Sheriff Al Lamberti and BSO staff,
such as Walmart, the Florida Marlins, Sam’s Club, they were also treated to a special visit by three-time
Cash4Gold and Crime Stoppers of Broward County. Grammy Award-winner MC Hammer.
An additional $4,000 was collected in raffle ticket
sales. BSO also received generous donations of See TOYS FOR TOTS & TEENS continued on page 12.
hundreds of toys from businesses, groups and
With the money collected, thousands of
exciting gifts were purchased for children who are
less fortunate and would otherwise not have
a gift to open on Christmas. A
total of about 1,500 kids BSO
attended the Toys for Tots
& Teens giveaway this year Babies
receiving appropriate gifts
Sheriff Al Lamberti
presents one deserving
kid with an Xbox 360
live game system.
message from the sheriff
stepping up prescription drug prevention
In 2009, I announced our agency’s plans are coming into Broward County to obtain and high school students and child based
to create a proactive program prescriptions for narcotics from pain clinics. organizations.
aimed at removing illegal These clinics are known as “pill mills” Additionally, our agency, in partnership
weapons from the streets. and the patients are “doctor-shopping” with The United Way’s Commission
We increased enforcement, – looking for willing doctors to dispense on Substance Abuse, have held and will
established the Gun drugs. In November 2009, the Broward continue to hold prescription drug “take
Stoppers Unit and Grand Jury recommended 18 back” programs throughout Broward
launched a steps to clean up Florida’s “pill County. Participants can drop off their
multi-media mills.” The most important unwanted or unused prescription drugs
prevention step – implementing with no questions asked and receive a $5
campaign. the Prescription Drug gift card to local stores and pharmacies.
That Monitoring Program Our agency is committed to eliminating
program (PDMP) – which is an the prescription drug abuse problem in this
is ongoing electronic database to county. To those of you who are working in
and we track excessive dispensing our drug prevention programs, I commend
continue of prescription drugs to your efforts to help heal and monitor those
to see doctor-shopping patients. affected by the disease of addiction. For
tremendous If these recommendations our detectives and deputies who combat
results. In 2010 are followed, it will go a long this increasing problem, you have already
we are stepping way in eliminating prescription made tremendous strides with enforcement
up our prescription drugs prescribed to dealers and and investigation. I know we will continue
drug prevention and addicts in Broward County. that momentum and see a reduction in this
enforcement efforts. The Broward Sheriff’s Office continually disturbing trend.
The increased misuse of prescription conducts law enforcement operations I thank you all for your dedication and
drugs in Broward County has not to target illegal prescription drug abuse, commitment to our agency and the citizens
gone unnoticed by law makers or law but in 2010 we are also implementing you serve. I wish you and your family all
enforcement. The Broward County Medical an important educational component. the best in 2010.
Examiner had more than 500 drug-related Through FDLE’s Byrne/JAG stimulus
overdose deaths last year and statistics show grant funding we were able to hire a
that more than 25,000 people die from prescription drug prevention specialist
unintentional drug overdoses in our nation – Christine Sawyer. Ms. Sawyer will
annually. provide prescription drug prevention and
Our undercover operations revealed education presentations to community — Sheriff Al Lamberti
many out-of-state drug addicts and dealers and homeowner associations, middle
Welcome Home FBI National Academy Graduate
Lauderdale Lakes District Chief Andrew “Andy” Smalling can add one more
accomplishment to his list, FBI National Academy graduate! The commencement
ceremony for class #238 was held on September 18, 2009 at the FBI Academy in
Quantico, Virginia. Chief Smalling achieved both the yellow brick, for completing
the 6.2 mile obstacle course known as the yellow brick road, and the blue brick, for
swimming a total of 34 miles during the 10-week course.
“The experience I had at the FBI National Academy, especially meeting police
executives from all over the nation and the world was unmatched,” said Smalling.
He added, “The most interesting person I met came from Bagdad, Iraq. He had the
misfortune of having his home bombed by insurgents while he was attending the
academy. Fortunately no one in his family was in the house at the time.” Certainly
the most taxing part of the academy says Smalling was the 34-mile swim challenge.
“I never swam that much in my life.” The men and women of the Broward Sheriff ’s
Office congratulate Chief Smalling on his academy graduation.
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Presidential Volunteer Service DOD Helps
Award Recipients Send Fire
Sheriff Al Lamberti was proud to present BSO’s Weston District Chief Greg Page and Sgt. Eric
Caldwell with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in his office recently. Also, a recipient
of the award is retired deputy, David Schupp. Schupp was unable to attend the ceremony,
but received his award at a later date. The award recipients were selected for their years of
volunteer service and dedication to the community. Congratulations! Guard to
In an effort to assist another BSO
division, Kathleen Carter from the Main
Jail took it upon herself to coordinate
a bake sale to raise money for the BSO
Fire Rescue Honor Guard to travel to
Colorado for the Fireman’s Memorial.
On October 2, several employees from
the Department of Detention joined
together to host the bake sale – donating
their time, money and baked goods.
The event demonstrates great teamwork
among BSO employees and was a success
bringing in $426. Thank you to all who
Update from the Editor
As you read through this issue of service to children and youth with the CDTC or find out how you can
Signal 14 you will notice the great special health care needs. The CDTC volunteer with this organization, please
work of BSO employees. Many people operates one the most comprehensive visit www.childrensdiagnostic.org.
donated time, money and offered HIV/AIDS treatment programs for I look forward to next year when
support to various charities and the women and children in the nation. our winter 2011 issue covers all that
less fortunate in our community. The Their focus is not only on the children BSO employees have done in 2010. I
Central Supply Unit collected money they serve, but the entire family. Each hope this year brings all of you
all year for charity, our firefighters, year, the center collects funds for their much joy and happiness!
communications operators and Thanksgiving Basket Brigade – for
classification specialists wore pink every $25 donated, a family of four -Lynne Cunneen Martzall
in support of breast cancer research, receives a full Thanksgiving feast.
abandoned animals were adopted, I was so impressed with the CDTC’s
YIED staff handed out thousands of desire to make a difference in the
toys and gifts, carolers brought cheer community, I put a call out to BSO Four-year old Mia
to a children’s hospital in Pompano personnel asking for assistance. In Hidalgo, daughter of
Beach and personnel from DOD held true BSO fashion, our employees External Affairs Graphic
a bake sale to assist the Fire Rescue responded with not only monetary Designer Jane Hidalgo,
Honor Guard. donations, but with their time as walks through the
Members of the External Affairs well. With nearly $1,500 donated, assembly line
Division assisted a charitable 60 less fortunate families received a collecting food. “I
organization in 2009 too. In early fall, full Thanksgiving feast. Additionally, wanted my children
I had the privilege of meeting with dozens of BSO employees and their to understand
Suzanne Higgins and Ana Calderon families arrived at the CDTC on the the importance of
from the Children’s Diagnostic & Sunday before Thanksgiving to fill giving back,” said Jane.
Treatment Center (CDTC). The bags with food and deliver meals to “Donating just a few hours
center provides comprehensive residents all over Broward County. of your time to charity can
prevention, intervention and treatment If you would like to learn more about make a difference.”
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By sArA oren, externAl AffAirs
On October 23, Sgt. Maury Hernandez was surrounded by family and
friends at the PSB as he received his promotion to the rank of sergeant.
Sheriff Al Lamberti presented Maury with his new sergeant’s badge and
stripes for his uniform. Prior to being wounded in the line-of-duty, Maury
had already been on the DLE sergeant’s promotional list. “Based on how
well his recovery is going, I promoted him to sergeant this morning – a
promotion well deserved,” said Sheriff Lamberti.
After receiving his promotion, Maury – full of emotion – was nothing
but thankful. “The support from everyone has pushed me to get through
and keep going. This is a team effort and I’m proud to be part of BSO,”
said the newly promoted sergeant.
Sgt. Maury Hernandez receives his new badge and sergeant stripes from Sheriff
Al Lamberti during a small, private ceremony.
Halloween PAL Style PAL member Joel Pardilla
By csA Anthony floriAn, yied
A night of “trick or treats” and school chairs were placed outside with
“give me something good to eat” plaques featuring names and stories of
became a night of education, fun and those who were victims of teen violence.
entertainment as the Police Athletic In addition, a mock crime scene, which
League (PAL) of the Youth Intervention featured a school bus that had to make
and Enforcement Division hosted an emergency stop after a fight broke
their 2nd annual Halloween Haunted out onboard, was on display.
House titled: “Wanna see something There was also a haunted school.
scary?” The theme was chosen to bring Visitors, guided by grim reapers, walked
awareness to teen violence. This event through a maze and encountered
had information booths hosted by victims. This provided a reality of what
organizations such as the Violence staying silent can do to someone’s
Intervention Program (VIP), Gang life. The end of the maze led to the
Resistance Education And Training entertainment part of the night where
(GREAT) and Crime Stoppers. All of everyone enjoyed music, food and
these groups distributed literature to refreshments which were provided by
help prevent bullying, fighting and Capt. John Nesteruk, Lt. Anthony
dating violence. DeMarco, Sgt. Dan Jackowski and
A memorial was on display to Sgt. Al Bonaby. BSO’s PAL would like
remember victimized students; empty to thank everyone who made this
event such a success.
Explorers (l. to r.):
Jeronica Blair and
Luis Campos get
ready for the event.
PAL participants Jameia Oliphant and Frank Medina
put on a spooky show!
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Finance Award LEOSS
During his weekly staff meeting, Sheriff Al
Lamberti took a moment to congratulate
Judy Couwels from our Employee Assistance
Program for her efforts with the Law
Enforcement Officers Stress Survey (LEOSS).
Judy worked closely with Nova Southeastern
University, the FBI and military to obtain a
grant for this important study.
Photographed ( l. to r.) are: Executive Director of Administration John Curry, Assistant Finance
Director Ray Rahman, Staff Accountant Cathy Moore, Chief Accountant Heather Mitchell and
Director of Finance and Budget William MacDonald.
Congratulations to the Finance Division for receiving the Certificate of Achievement for
Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
This is the 14th consecutive year BSO’s Finance Division has received this award. “This is
a significant accomplishment and I am proud of all the dedicated employees who work in
finance,” said Sheriff Al Lamberti.
Fire Fighters Crime Scene Kudos
Evacuate Recently, Sheriff Al Lamberti awarded Jeffrey Biegelsen of Our Community Apartments with a
certificate of appreciation. Mr. Biegelsen allows BSO’s Crime Scene to use apartments that he
Flood Victims manages to set up “mock” crime scenes. His generous assistance allows BSO’s Crime Scene to
train personnel in crime scene preservation and investigation. Photographed (l. to r.) are: Sgt.
Stewart Mosher, Sgt. Mark Suchomel, Jeffrey Biegelsen, Forensic Analyst Tom Hill, Bill Burrows
By mike JAchles, mediA relAtions
and Sheriff Al Lamberti.
BSO’s fire rescue crews from Pembroke
Park evacuated a resident of the Bamboo
Mobile Home Park in a boat on December
18th. Residents were landlocked as severe
flooding threatened their homes. More than
a dozen families were evacuated from the
mobile home park including two residents
with special needs. Most were taken to
an American Red Cross shelter that was
opened in nearby Hallandale Beach.
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Holiday Caroling Brings Smiles
By rocky hAuBrich, communicAtions
What started as a small caroling event to bring smiles to
kids’ faces has now become an annual tradition. On the
evenings of December 14th and 22nd, carolers went bed to
bed singing and delivering gifts to children at the Broward
Children’s Center in Pompano Beach. The joy they bring to
these children is clearly visible in their smiles.
The Broward Children’s Center specializes in helping
infants, children and young adults with special health
care needs. It provides residential facilities and school
programming to some of the most technologically-dependent
and medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed children
in South Florida.
Gifts for these children are provided by donations from
individuals, companies and organizations. David Meschi
and his team at the Pompano Beach Walmart have become
permanent sponsors of the annual wish list for the children.
See HOLIDAY CAROLING BRING SMILES continued on page 15.
BSO Employees are Remembering Levy
Thankful for… Most of you can never forget retired deputy, Paul Levy. He
proudly served in the Countywide Operations Division and
In November, External Affairs put a call out to all BSO retired several years ago (at the time was the oldest certified
personnel on BSOinformant asking – What are you thankful for? deputy sheriff at BSO). Recently, Sheriff Lamberti and BSO
These are some of the responses received: personnel threw Paul a “surprise” 90th birthday party. The real
This year I am grateful for our military men and women who surprise came when a BSO firefighter showed up to help him
have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may continue to live our douse the flames coming from the candles on his birthday cake.
During the celebration, Sheriff Lamberti presented Paul with a
lives as we have always known. I am also grateful for my wonderful
certificate in recognition for his years of service to the Broward
family and friends who continue to motivate me to be true to who I Sheriff’s Office.
am. I hope 2010 brings our troops home and peace to the families of
those still serving and economic recovery for all those affected so harshly
during this recession.
Hope Palma, Human Resources
First, I feel thankful and blessed to be alive and healthy. I am
thankful for the love, peace, happiness of the holiday season and the
celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I am blessed to have memories
of loved ones who are no longer here as well as special childhood
Dep. HL Coleman, Lauderdale Lakes
I am most thankful for my beautiful wife, my two fantastic
daughters and my grandson. We are blessed to be able to spend
time with those who are important to us this holiday season. I am
also thankful for my health, my job and the outstanding benefits
that come with it. Last but not least, I am thankful for being a citizen
of the United States of America, the greatest nation on Earth.
Dep. Jonathan Murphy, Conte Facility
First, I am thankful for God, my family and friends. I am also
thankful for being employed and being able to give to others who are
Celia Falcon, Human Resources Editor’s note:
Just before we went to print with Signal 14, Paul passed
See BSO EMPLOYEES ARE THANKFUL continued on page 13. away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
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Central Supply Gives Back
By lezlye WilliAms, centrAl supply
At the beginning of 2009, members of organization and were provided with a Evert Children’s Hospital. Just before
the Central Supply Unit held a meeting list of 19 children, ages 6 months to 7 Christmas, staff from Central Supply
and decided they wanted to “give back” years old, their gender and their holiday delivered the fun games and spread even
at the end of the year. Deciding what gift wish. We divided up the list and more joy!
organization to donate to was too stressful each employee received $80 to shop It does not take much effort to be
to start thinking about last January, but for two children (one of us shopped a blessing to someone else. Everyone
everyone agreed to start collecting $5 for three). The unwrapped toys were in Central Supply is thankful for what
per pay period. With nine personnel, the delivered and the unit felt they had we have and wanted to help others.
money was sure to add up. made a difference in a deserving child’s The unit was able to bring smiles to 19
At Thanksgiving time, the unit met life. Each of the children we shopped for children from Kids in Distress and to
again to determine which charity would received two or three presents. many at the Broward Health Chris Evert
benefit from their donation – and the After all the shopping was done for Children’s Hospital. I want to thank
debate began. Everyone agreed that Kids in Distress there was still some everyone in the unit who contributed,
Kids in Distress would best benefit from money remaining so we purchased fun made contacts and shopped to make our
our fundraising. We approached the games for the Broward Health Chris efforts a success.
Firefighters Play Santa to Jail System
Brighten Holidays Award
By mike JAchles, mediA relAtions
BSO Fire Rescue Lt. Andrew Gadry hands a toy to 5-year-old Bryanna Jean in their
Lauderdale Lakes apartment on December 23, while twin Bryanne and 2-year-old
sister Sjemalla anxiously await their turn. Firefighters from Station #37 found two
families in need and responded by taking up a collection to buy the children presents.
The firefighters also gave the Jean family a Christmas tree and bought decorations for
trimming. The children’s mother, Margareth (right) is currently unemployed, citing the
economy, and was unable to buy gifts for her children this year. Chief Greg Holness,
who spearheaded this effort, said, “As part of our commitment to community, when
we identified these less fortunate families, we responded and hopefully will make their
holidays a little brighter.” At left is Firefighter/Paramedic Tom Craven and standing in the
rear is Driver/Engineer Anthony Walker.
This past October, the National
Commission on Correctional Health
Care (NCCHC) presented BSO’s
Department of Detention with the
Facility of the Year Award during their
National Convention in Orlando. This
prestigious award is presented each year
to only one facility or jail system that
participates in NCCHC’s nationwide
accreditation program. “This is a great
accomplishment and I am very proud
of the professionalism and dedication
demonstrated by the DOD,” said
Sheriff Al Lamberti.
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BSO Babies Jackson Thomas Palmer
Dep. Miguel Martinez-Newell and his Sgt. Thomas Palmer from LBTS and
wife, Melissa, are excited about the arrival his wife, Courtney Palmer from Fire
of their new son Miguel Eloy Martinez- Rescue, are pleased to announce the
Toscano. Miguel was born September birth of their son, Jackson Thomas
17, 2009, weighing 8 pounds, 7 Palmer. Jackson was born on
October 29, 2009, weighing 7
ounces and was 20 ½ inches in length. pounds, 10 ounces and measuring
Siblings Sebastian and Pamela are 19¼ inches. His big sister, Kaitlyn,
excited to welcome their new brother. and grandfather Chief John Palmer
Miguel Eloy Martinez-Toscano from the Courthouse, also welcome
Jackson to the family.
Dep. Ronnie Rodriguez from the Main Jail Dep. Timothy Osteen from Central Intake and his wife,
and his wife, Dayra, welcomed their daughter, Sophia Isabelle Tonia, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Trystan
Rodriguez on October 1, 2009. Sophia weighed 6 pounds, 14 Jeffrey Osteen. Trystan was born on October 30, 2009,
ounces and measured 19 ½ inches in length. Siblings Brenda, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 19 inches.
Celine and Vinay also welcome Sophia to the family.
Dep. Deloris Walcott and her husband, Donovan, welcomed
Deps. Phillip and Teresa McFarlane from the Main Jail are their daughter, Malia Walcott on November 6, 2009. Malia
weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 18 ½ inches.
excited about the birth of their son, Kenneth Lee McFarlane. Malia’s big brothers Davion and Damishe also welcome her to
Kenneth was born on October 1, 2009, weighing 6 pounds, the family.
12 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length. Kenneth’s big
brother, Phillip, also welcomes him to the family. Adam Jones from Communications and his wife, Brenys,
are excited about the arrival of their daughter, Hayley Jones.
Hayley was born on November 10, 2009, weighing 7 pounds,
Dep. Christopher Stafford and his wife, Heather, welcomed 9 ounces and measuring 19 ½ inches. Big sister Madison also
their daughter, Addison Rose Stafford on October 2, 2009. welcomes Hayley to the family.
Addison weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 ½
inches in length. Addison’s grandmother, Donna Johnson from Dep. Monica Blair from the Main Jail welcomed her
Weston, also welcomes her to the family. daughter, Zahria Monet Blair on November 22, 2009. Zahria
weighed 6 pounds and measured 19 inches. Siblings Jeronica
and Jahcari also welcome Zahria to the family.
Dep. Salisia Pascoe from the Main Jail and her husband,
Bryant, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Just in time for Thanksgiving, Dep. Mario Ginory from
Bryanna Nevaeh Pascoe. Bryanna was born on October 17, Tamarac and his wife, Brigitte, welcomed their daughter, Sophia
2009, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 19 ¾ Mia Ginory on November 24, 2009. Sophia weighed 7 pounds,
4 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Sophia’s big sister
inches. Bryanna’s uncle, Dep. Leverett Frederick from the Olivia also welcomes her to the family.
Main Jail, Aunt Sheri Cook from Communications and big
brother, Bryant, Jr. also welcome Bryanna to the family. Deps. Jody Lintz from Central Intake and Danielle
Lintz from North Broward are excited to welcome their
Dep. William “Dave” Hanks from the granddaughter, Alysa Sofia Lintz to the family. Alysa was born
on November 24, 2009, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and
Civil Division and his wife, Kathleen measuring 21 inches in length. Their son, Aaron and his wife,
Hanks from CPIS, are pleased to Frida, are Alysa’s proud parents.
announce the birth of their son,
Colin David Hanks. Colin was born Det. Jason Hendrick and his wife, Gina, welcomed their
on October 19, 2009, weighing 8 son, Ryan Alexander Hendrick on November 30, 2009. Ryan
weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 18 inches. Ryan also
pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 20 received a big welcome from his big sister Brooke.
inches in length. Retired Sgt. Thomas
McCartin is Colin’s grandfather. Big Dep. Steven Rossman from Deerfield Beach and his wife,
brothers, Aiden and Michael, are thrilled Stacy Ann, announced the birth of their daughter, Tara Renee
to welcome Colin to the family. Rossman on December 4, 2009. Tara weighed 8 pounds, 9
Colin David Hanks ounces and measured 21 inches in length. Big sister Jenna also
welcomes her to the family.
Dep. Kirby Dingcong from West Park and his wife, Shirley,
welcomed their son Kyle Dingcong on October 21, 2009. Kyle Retired Dep. Gordon Persac is proud to announce the birth
weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 19 ½ inches. of his granddaughter Madelyn Cohen on December 9, 2009.
Madelyn was born in Savannah, GA.
Retired Dep. Terry Randrup from the Conte Facility is Communications Operators, Frederick McCrone and
pleased to announce the birth of her granddaughter, Genavieve Debra Gayle-McCrone welcomed their son, Derick Samuel
Marie Centonze. Genavieve was born on October 28, 2009, Artis Owen McCrone on December 5, 2009. Derick weighed
weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 ¼ inches. 4 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 18 inches. Siblings Jordan
Timothy and Wyonna Centonze are Genavieve’s proud parents. and Brandon also welcome Derick to the family.
See BSO BABIES continued on next page.
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BSO BABIES continued from previous page.
Sharon Johnson from the Inmate
Property Unit is pleased to announce
the birth of her granddaughter, Imani
Cearnel. Imani was born on December
12, 2009, weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces Leslie Sereix,
and measuring 19 ¼ inches in length. Assistant Manager of Selection and Assessment, Human Resources
Imani’s mother is Sherena Johnson.
CSA Stephanie Blue from Weston Joined BSO in: You can’t tell from looking at me
and her husband, Daniel, are pleased to September 1999 that I:
announce the birth of their daughter, Fish and bait my own hook
Hailey Elizabeth Blue. Hailey was born Responsibilities:
on December 14, 2009, weighing 7 Oversee the selection process for many In high school, I was:
pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 20 positions within BSO. Shy
inches. Hailey’s grandfather, FF/PM Greg
Blue and uncle, Lt. David Blue, are also Born:
If I could have my pick of ay car, it
excited about the new addition to the September 29
family. would be:
I live in: Mercedes Benz CLK 550
Dep. Jasmine Hines from the Conte Cooper City with my husband and two
Facility and Jemaine Jackson are excited dogs For a lift, I:
about the arrival of their daughter, JaNia Shop or have lunch with a friend
Aniycia Jackson. JaNia was born on I was born in:
December 15, 2009, weighing 5 pounds Gainesville, FL Did you know that I:
11 ounces and measuring 18 inches. Rode the Blue Ridge Parkway on the
Best decision I ever made: back of a motorcycle for more than
Sgt. Kenneth Erwin from Port
Everglades and his wife, Alisa, welcomed Transitioning into the HR field from
their son, Kenneth King Erwin III on accounting
December 16, 2009. Baby Kenneth What is the best part of your job: Favorite website:
weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and www.e-bay.com
measured 19 ¾ inches. My co-workers
D/E Albert Seidenstucker is pleased to In my spare time, I: Recent vacation:
announce the birth of his grandson, Noel Garden A quick trip to NYC
Anthony Seidenstucker. Noel was born
December 18, 2009, weighing 8 pounds, My motto:
8 ounces and measuring 22 inches. If you go out of your way to help
Noel’s proud parents are Albert and Ava people they will remember
Sgt. Anthony Thompson from My hero:
the Main Jail and his wife, Jeannette, My mom - she is selfless
welcomed their twin
boys Adam and One word that best describes me:
Aden Thompson Compassionate
23, 2009. Adam Best advice I ever received:
weighed 5 Go to college straight after high school
pounds, 1 ounce
and measured Education:
17 ½ inches. Bachelor of Science Degree
Aden weighed 5
pounds, 7 ounces If I could have any job in
and measured 17 ½ the world, I would want it
Adam and Aden inches. Big sisters, Alicia
Thompson to be:
and Amber are happy to
welcome their baby brothers to the family. A chef
Christmas came early for David Sweet Most treasured
of Fire Rescue and his wife, Devon possession:
Michelle, who welcomed a daughter, Jewelry from
Grace Noelle Sweet on December 24, my mom
2009. Grace weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce
and measured 21 inches. Siblings Austin
and Cameron we excited to welcome little Leslie Sereix
Grace to the family.
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How to Do Business with BSO?
Elaine Dara assists a
On November 13th, the African-American Research vendor with information
Library in Fort Lauderdale was full of small and minority on how to do business
business owners interested in doing business with BSO. with BSO.
The BSO Purchasing Expo was intended to provide
one-on-one information to local business vendors and
give them an opportunity to ask questions from BSO’s
Purchasing Division. Agents also conducted three
workshops throughout the day on the vendor bidding
procedure. Overall the expo was a great success that
provided attendees with great knowledge, information
and contacts regarding BSO’s purchasing procedures.
Sergeant Hernandez Commander
Provides Valuable Insight Commendation
for Cadets By sArA oren, externAl AffAirs
On October 24, Cmdr. Richard “Rick” Wierzbicki
On Friday, November 13, newly promoted sergeant, Maury received the Community Alliance Award from the Dolphin
Hernandez, spoke to three classes of law enforcement cadets at Democrats for his many years of service, dedication and
the Broward College Institute of Public Safety (IPS). Sharing his
long lasting relationship with the Dolphin Democrats.
story of survival and recovery, Sgt. Hernandez talked about the
importance of teamwork and never giving up. He also spoke very After a fulfilling career in law enforcement, Wierzbicki
candidly and answered several questions from the cadets about became the Chief of Police in Wilton Manors in 1999.
his health, his plans for the future, the tactics he used during the As chief, Wierzbicki was the first to develop a training
incident and how he handled the trial of the man who shot him. For program for his officers focused on hate crimes – specifically
the cadets and the IPS staff members who were present, this was a the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community
special and important presentation. Associate Dean Janine Chidsey, (GLBT). Wierzbicki served proudly as chief until 2005
photographed with Sgt. Maury Hernandez, expressed her gratitude
when he retired. In May 2007, however, he resumed his
for his willingness to share such an inspiring story.
law enforcement career when BSO hired him to serve as
Commander within the Department of Law Enforcement.
In September 2008, Sheriff Al Lamberti appointed Cmdr.
Wierzbicki as the head of the newly formed BSO Hate
Crimes/Anti-Bias Task Force – which focuses on crimes
against GLBT groups, homeless and minority groups.
Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.
Photographed (l. to r.) are: President of the Dolphin Democrats Michael
Albetta, Cmdr. Richard “Rick” Wierzbicki and Sheriff Al Lamberti
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Feeding our Neighbors Who Let The Dogs
Out…and Kitties too?
The very generous members of the Civil Division organized a food
drive to provide assistance toCommunications On November 3rd,
families in need.
Operator Angel Johnson Recently, the Public Safety Building was crawling with
an abundance of canned foods and non-perishable items were
receives her badge from precious puppies, adult dogs and playful kittens all seeking
delivered to The Daily Food Bank, which distributes these items to
less fortunate families living in BrowardLamberti.
Sheriff Al County. their forever homes. The pet adoption benefited Abandoned
Pet Rescue – a non-profit, no kill animal shelter. The event
was a great success leading to the adoption of five furry
friends, pet food donations and the
collection of $1,465 from donations
and raffle ticket sales. If you are
interested in adopting a pet,
the shelter is open daily from
noon to 3:00 p.m. and is
located at 1137 NE 9th
Ave, Ft. Lauderdale. For
more information, visit
Hope Palma from
cuddles with a fury friend.
Disability Mentoring Day
On October 21, BSO participated in Disability
Mentoring Day (DMD) – a national career day where
students shadow professionals who work in career fields
that interest them. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. six students
with varying disabilities arrived at the PSB, where they met
with Sheriff Al Lamberti. Afterward, their day was filled
with various tours of BSO. Deps. Alan Barnes and Tony
Romano from YIED and Sara Oren from External Affairs
accompanied the students on tours of the BSO Crime Lab,
Fire Rescue Station 14, Communications, the ICJS facilities
and the Central Broward district.
Sheriff Al Lamberti and the DMD student participants pose for a
photo prior to the start of their day at BSO.
The students had a great time asking questions at the Crime
Lab, trying on the firefighter gear at Station 14, and seeing the
jail cell and roll call room at Central Broward. The students
were also impressed with the BSO gym – where they enjoyed
a few minutes of basketball! Several participants even took a
crack at the employee obstacle course to see if they had what it
took to be a BSO deputy.
The students departed from BSO with an understanding of
what our agency is responsible for and the optimism to one
day possibly pursue a career in the field of public safety.
One of the DMD student’s suits up
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TOYS FOR TOTS & TEENS
continued from cover.
Overall the event was a huge success
and brought joy to many Broward
County families. All remaining toys were
collected and donated to Saint Ruth’s
Baptist Church in Dania, the Children’s
Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort
Lauderdale and Women in Distress in
Fort Lauderdale. These organizations
were extremely grateful for BSO’s kind
contribution this holiday season.
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Shop with the Sheriff BSO EMPLOYEES ARE THANKFUL
continued from page 6.
Most children dream of waking up I’m thankful to the Lord for having
Christmas day to beautifully wrapped good health, for my wonderful family and
presents under a festively decorated for the beautiful nation that we live in. I
Christmas tree. Well, Christmas was a
pray that in the coming year the soldiers
little different for some children this
year. On December 16th, 51 children will return home, the economy will be
from various Broward County schools more stable and the world will be more
attended the 4th annual Shop with the peaceful.
Sheriff event at Walmart in Lauderdale Sabel Fernandez, Legal Division
Lakes. The participants are selected by
BSO School Resource Deputies based Many people celebrate the holiday
on need, behavior and season in different ways. The common
school performance. thread is that we are with family and
Each child received friends, hopefully in person and definitely
a $100 gift card
in their hearts. I hope every one has a
10-year old twins, Sergio and great holiday regardless of what you call it
themselves, Daniel Rodriguez from Country Isles or how you celebrate it.
Elementary, were first to enter the store
their family focused on getting one unique gift - FF/PM Kenneth Loukinen, Weston
and friends. a Venus fly trap.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation First and foremost, I am thankful to
also participated in this year’s event God for being there every step of the way.
bringing seven children who are struggling Without Him I am and will be nothing.
with serious illnesses. For more than 25 I am also thankful for good health, my
years, The Starlight Children’s Foundation loving family and great friends. I am
has been dedicated to improving the fortunate to have a great job and a roof
quality of life for children and their over my head. I’m hoping 2010 will be a
families who are faced with serious life- more fruitful, less stressful year.
threatening illnesses and life-altering Vivian Jallim, Records
injuries. “I am happy to continue this
wonderful BSO tradition,” said Sheriff Al I am thankful for family - my beautiful
Lamberti. “Our school resource deputies daughter, amazing husband, my mother
put so much effort into the event by and my siblings. I have two brothers and
raising money year-round and selecting two sisters and they are the greatest gift
the children. The Starlight kids will be a that God could have given me. They are
11-year old Leandro Reynoso from Olsen Middle School
was so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this welcomed addition to the fun.” all my best friends. I am thankful that we
event. With his $100 gift card, Leandro purchased a Overall the day of shopping was a were able to spend the holidays together.
doll for each of his younger sisters – ages 5 and 9 – and great success. The kids had a wonderful
a shaving kit for his 20-year old brother. For his mother, I am looking forward to cultivating an
Leandro chose a colorful nail polish and make-up set.
time and their smiles and gratitude were even greater relationship with my family
The one special gift, however, was a Battleship board truly priceless.
in 2010 and endeavoring to be a better
game he purchased for the whole family to enjoy.
person for myself and them.
Sheila O’Brien - Communications
I am so thankful for this job, which
I enjoy. My job has changed me to be
positive and grateful for what I have.
I look forward to 2010 and hope that
During the Shop with it brings more job opportunities and
the Sheriff event, Sheriff less stress for all. I am thankful for my
Al Lamberti presented a strength, health and inner/outer beauty.
special gift to 16-year old
Matt Bondi from Pompano I also am so grateful for my wonderful
Beach High School. Matt family, friends, and of course, God!
received a Wii for his hard Looking forward to a positive New Year!
work and dedication to
his school work. Matt is a Natasha Carriles - Warrants
great student and has over
a 3.0 GPA.
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ICJS graduates two Supervisor Leadership
Academies in 2009
By lt. roBin lArson, icJs
During 2009, the BSO
Institute for Criminal
27 supervisors from
BSO and several
other law enforcement
agencies. During each
recognized for completing
this challenging course of
study, which was designed
to prepare them to become
the future leaders of their
Developed in partnership with
Florida International University, the
SLA focuses on “bridging theory and November graduates were (l. to r.): D.O. Deidre Snyder, BSO Communications, Sgt. Michael DeVita, BSO’s
practice” and helps first-line supervisors Internal Affairs, Sgt. Adam Hirsch, Jupiter PD, Sgt. Karla Hines, Coral Springs PD, Manager Sherry Miller,
Communications Technology, Sgt. Harrison Humphreys, BSO’s Paul Rein Facility, Sgt. Christopher Cook,
develop their knowledge, skills and PBSO, Supervisor Denise Foster-Burkett, BSO’s CPIS Division, Sgt. Darryl Williams, BSO’s Main Jail, Sgt.
abilities in the areas of management, James Jenkins, BSO’s Internal Affairs, Supervisor Said Elshazly, BSO’s Inmate Banking, Sgt. Greg Solowsky,
leadership and interpersonal and written Lauderhill PD, Sgt. Katrina Taylor, PBSO, Sgt. Elizabeth Groeninger, BSO’s Paul Rein Facility, Supervisor
communication skills. The program Tonya Marshall, BSO’s Inmate Management and Sgt. Jean McManus, BSO’s Detention Management.
consists of 13 weeks of intensive critical insight to effectively lead and different agencies can work together to
training and academics and affords supervise personnel. The students also accomplish their missions.
the students to earn up to six college complete independent study work and At each graduation ceremony, the
credits. During the program, students engage in group discussions where they importance of their leadership roles
participate in case studies that simulate share work perspectives and learn how was emphasized and each student was
real work situations which provide encouraged to apply what they learned
in the program and encouraged to
continue their professional development.
During the May graduation ceremony
the class spokesperson was Sgt. Jennifer
Arcuri from the Pembroke Pines Police
Department. At the November
graduation ceremony, the class
spokesperson was Sgt. Karla Hines
from the Coral Springs
May graduates included (l. to r.): D.O.
Christine Canon, BSO Communications,
Sgt. Paul Brian Katz, Sunrise PD,
D.O. Sharon Rooney-Goodman-BSO
Communications, Sgt. Michael Johnson,
Boynton Beach PD, Admin. Coordinator
Carol Roe, BSO Crime Stoppers, D.O.
Wanda Williams, BSO Communications,
Sgt. Jennifer Arcuri, Pembroke Pines
PD, Sgt. Ron DeAngelo, BSO’s Port
Everglades, D.O Jim Easom, BSO
Communications, Sgt. Richard Jacobson,
Delray Beach PD and D.O. Cheryl
Grabowski, BSO Communications.
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a closer look
Fire Rescue’s Technical Rescue Team
By sArA oren, externAl AffAirs
On October 7th, I had rope, confined space, vehicle
the privilege of being and machinery, trench and
included in what excavation, and structural
was a typical “day collapse rescue operations.
at the office” An additional 120
for BSO Fire hours of FF/PM Samuel Corolla
practices saving a life
Rescue’s training is during basket rescue
Technical also required operations training.
Rescue Team in water,
(TRT). In the Sara Oren from External animal and
blazing hot Affairs practices basket rapid intervention
rescue operations while
Florida sun, attending TRT’s trainings. training (RIT).
these men went Once on the team
through routine however, training
training of repelling does not stop. All TRT
down 60 foot walls members are required to attend
and saving lives while approximately 240 hours of ongoing
suspended by ropes training per year – not including
and harnesses. As if their regular required Fire Rescue
that wasn’t enough, training. The teams’ knowledge and
on October 22nd, I skills are constantly evaluated through
attended yet another training, performance objectives and
training of high angle stokes basket practice drills.
operations on their 100’ tower ladder – The main responsibility of the TRT
the height alone was frightening! These is to respond to unique and frequently within the state. The TRT is also
experiences were unforgettable and their complex, dangerous situations that occur responsible for providing various support
hard work is worthy of recognition. countywide. As such, TRT has the use functions for BSO’s Fire Rescue and
The TRT is made up of 21 team of state-of-the-art equipment to assist Emergency Services Division. Moreover,
members and approximately 20 alternate them in any and all situations. Assigned as a countywide response team, TRT also
members who fill in on Kelly days or to TRT are a 100-foot tower ladder, responds to requests from many agencies
when a regular member is off. Being support truck, 50-foot tractor trailer and within Broward County for TRT, RIT
part of the TRT is not an easy task an ALS rescue truck – which carries as and air and/or light support services.
– dedication and motivation are key much equipment as a FEMA Task Force The skills and knowledge of BSO’s
components. There are a series of classes truck – of which many TRT members TRT is top notch. These firefighters
and training courses that must be taken are familiar with as they are also part of are able and ready to perform during
on their own time – which are costly the FEMA Task Force in Miami. BSO’s the most difficult situations. In the
and take nearly two years to complete. TRT is also part of the State of Florida emergency services profession these men
Each member is required to attend a Light Task Force which may be called are in a highly trained class of their own.
minimum of 360 hours of schooling upon to respond in the event of a natural
in various rescue operations including disaster or act of terrorism anywhere
HOLIDAY CAROLING BRING SMILES
continued from page 6.
with Philadelphia Eagles player Corey
Simon and his wife, Natasha, and their
This year they provided gifts of toys,
son, Corey Jr.
books and baby items in addition to two
Armed with Santa hats and broad
checks for a total of $2,500. A special
smiles, volunteers once again made
gift of 113 DVDs were donated by
this event a complete success.
Dean and Mary Jane Kachel to expand
Contributions of a little time,
the center’s DVD library. Participation
talent and treasure can help
was also received from The Crockett
to make all difference in
Foundation – a South Florida based
the lives of these precious
non-profit organization founded by
Zack and Henri Crockett, Pompano
Thank you to everyone
Beach natives. Henri Crockett, former
from BSO who came out
player for the Atlanta Falcons, attended
to show your support!
the second of the two caroling nights
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A Kid of Character
Six-year old Sarah Skumatz has a genuine desire as the Sun-Sentinel’s “Kid of Character” on
to help others. Through a single act of kindness, November 15th. “Sarah is a joy to be around.
Sarah is credited with changing the attitudes She brings a positive attitude to school each
of other students in her class. A few months day and continues set a great example for
ago, during a math lecture, a student others,” says Sarah’s first-grade teacher
with cerebral palsy was having difficulty Barbara Machado.
getting a book out of his desk. Without When asked why she does this,
hesitation Sarah saw his need and helped Sarah said, “I like to help people and
her classmate get his book and turn to the make them happy. It’s fun.” Sarah’s
correct page. Mirroring her behavior, other parents, Rachel and Matthew Skumatz,
students have now stepped up helping with her grandmother, Gail Stambaugh of
his books, his walker and his seat cushion. SID, and uncle, Dep. Josh Stambaugh
They also make sure he actively shares in all Sarah Skumatz
from Tamarac, are extremely proud of her
classroom activities. thoughtful acts of kindness.
For her unselfish cooperation, Sarah was featured
Helping Victims of Domestic Violence “The Gift
October 15th, Governor Charlie Crist Distress works with BSO Child Protective
visited BSO headquarters to promote a pilot Investigators to assist the victims and their
program geared to help victims of domestic children with services.
violence. BSO is one of seven sheriffs’ offices in Cases of domestic violence continue to be a Three years ago Christina
the state to take part in this program. Since its concern for Sheriff Al Lamberti – he launched Flack was referred to the
Community Justice Program
inception in Broward in July 2009, BSO has a large-scale public safety campaign focused on
to complete juvenile diversion
aided 92 women. Funded with $1.2 million the issue in 2008. During the press conference, services. While in the
in federal stimulus money, the program’s goal, Sheriff Lamberti noted that there were 12 program, Christina completed
said Crist, quoting the U.S. Constitution, domestic violence homicides in Broward in various projects, one of which
is “to ensure domestic tranquility. That’s the 2008, and a total of 18 so far in 2009. “This had a profound impact on
number one priority of government.” is an unacceptable thing and we just won’t her. The project was a holiday
Under the program, advocates from tolerate it,” said Sheriff Lamberti. collaboration between the
domestic violence prevention agencies work In response to this problem, on October diversion program and the
full-time with sheriff ’s office abuse investigators 15th – from 6 a.m. to midnight – BSO Everglades Community
to make sure victims have access to the full participated in the 7th Annual Family Church which involved
array of assistance available to them. In Violence Apprehension Detail – which donating Thanksgiving
baskets and Christmas
Broward County, a staffer from Women in
See HELPING VICTIMS continued on next page
stockings to needy families
and sponsoring one family
Photographed (l. to r.) are Governor Charlie Crist, President with a special Christmas gift.
and CEO of Women in Distress of Broward Mary Riedel, This holiday season,
President and CEO of the Florida Coalition on Domestic Christina contacted her
Violence Tiffany Carr and Sheriff Al Lamberti.
former youth counselor,
Elizabeth Mayo, to volunteer
and give back the way she
learned while in the diversion
program. On December 17th,
it was a full house at the BSO
Central Broward District
Office to see Christina
and fellow members of the
Northeastern High School
Drama Club perform a
short play about Christina’s
experience in the Community
Justice Program. The play was
touching and as Christina
explains, “This was a very
proud moment for me.”
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Firefighters Care Enough to Wear Pink
By mike JAchles, mediA relAtions
BSO’s Fire Rescue joined Congresswoman Debbie
Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor, and IAFF Local
4321 reps for a jumbo check presentation from their “Care
Enough to Wear Pink” campaign to the Susan G. Komen for
the Cure® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate on November 23rd.
During “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” BSO Fire Rescue
personnel wore pink t-shirts on duty to show their support for
Local 4321’s “Care Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, which
started in October. The pink shirts were donated by Waste
Management, Inc. of Florida, and firefighters and supporters
purchased the shirts for a minimum donation of $10. The Photographed (l. to r.) are: Deputy Chief Todd LeDuc, IAFF Local
supply of shirts was quickly depleted, resulting in $5,500 raised 4321 Secretary Debbie Rittinghouse, Andrea I Orane, President
for breast cancer research. of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, US Representative Debbie
Wasserman Schultz and IAFF Local 4321 President Walter Dix.
BSO Basketball Thanks from BCBA
Tournament Photographed from l. to r. President Carlos Llorente, Sheriff Al
Lamberti and past president Christopher Neilson. On October
By derek hAntsBArger, fitness speciAlist/icJs 16, the Broward County Bar Association held their Quadrennial
Bench and Bar Convention which aims to help educate our legal
The inaugural BSO Basketball Tournament was held community. The BCBA presented Sheriff Al Lamberti with a trophy
on October 24th at Pompano Beach High School. Eight as a ‘thank you’ for BSO’s Emerald Sponsorship.
enthusiastic BSO teams showed up and were eager to play.
Although the atmosphere was rather competitive, our
participants demonstrated great sportsmanship and played
Det. Mike Roque led his team through the heated
competition to become our 2009 Champions. Roque’s
first place team included Lt. Kennard Campbell and
Deps. Travis Allen, Richard Lee and Kenneth Boynton.
Second place went to Dep. Imani Gary’s team, which was
composed of all Main Jail staff. Todd Nottage and his crew
received the 3rd place spot.
All winning teams received prizes for their outstanding
tournament play - including customized medals, BSO
Fitness Center t-shirts and BSO gym bags. ICJS would
like to thank all of our participants, staff, referees and the
Pompano Beach High School personnel for helping to make
this inaugural basketball tournament a successful one. HELPING VICTIMS continued from previous page.
Before the tournament began all of the players gathered included approximately 150 Florida sheriffs’ departments,
together for a group photo. city police departments, probation divisions and community
agencies from 28 states. During this time, BSO deputies and
detectives conducted a county-wide search for offenders wanted
on domestic-related warrants – hauling 30 of them in to jail.
Their crimes ranged from family violence, including domestic
or dating violence, to child abuse, sexual abuse and elderly or
disabled abuse. This collaborative effort helps raise awareness of
Our agency will continue its commitment to protecting
victims of domestic violence. “We want victims of domestic
violence to know that the abuse they’re suffering is not okay,”
said Sheriff Lamberti. “We’re here to help them, but we need
them to build up the courage to give us a call.”
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with our deepest sympathies
With Our Deepest Sympathies...
The men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office extend deepest sympathies to the following employees on the
recent loss of their loved ones:
Lt. Robert Childs, Hope Palma, Human Resources Dep. Steve Bill, Airport Ct. Dep. Sharon Pyle,
North Broward Facility (grandmother Esther Gartenberg) (father-in-law Robert Wright) Court Services
(mother Joan Childs) (brother-in-law Guy D’Ambrosio)
John Permenter, Curtis Bradshaw,
Dep. Lionel Davis, Pre-Trial Services Pre-Trial Services CSA Carmen Romero, Airport
(brother Lincoln Permenter) (father Kedmeal Ottley) (brother Abraham Romero)
(mother-in-law Audrey Aisha Snipes, Port Everglades
Sgt. Jean Pierre, Pompano Beach Dep. Ellison Brown,
Rolle-Smith) (father-in-law Hedley Gilzene)
(mother Dorimen Bernard)
Dep. Richard Dungan, Dep. Steffenia Richardson, (mother Susie L. Brown) Tanya Wagna, Communications
Paul Rein Facility Main Jail (father Henry Bretton)
(grandfather Robert Dungan) (father Deamos Jackson) Dep. Melinda Bryan-Sims,
Main Jail Steven Yuresko, Crime Scene
Sgt. John Fandozzi, Main Jail Det. Luis Rivera, (mother-in-law Effie Sims) (mother Frances Yuresko)
(father Joseph C. Fandozzi, Jr.) Regional Investigations
(mother Myrna Rivera) Sgt. James Carpenter, Dep. Rafael Amaya,
Col. Rick Frey, DLE and Conte Facility
Shereah Simmons, (grandmother Carmen Ferreira)
Civil Dep. Linda Percival, (grandfather James D. Woodard)
Civil Division Fire Rescue Admin.
(brother Derrick Thorpe) Della Amrozewicz,
(mother Lucille Frey. Lucille Dep. Aisha Coker, Finance Division
was also the mother-in-law to Deerfield Beach (husband Charles Amrozewicz)
Shanitrice Sims, CPIS
Dep. Christopher Percival, (father Durango Dacosta)
(grandmother Ida Mae Burger)
Cooper City and grandmother Dep. Ludethia Bender,
to Dep. Roger Frey, Oakland Dep. Angela Coleman, Paul Rein Facility
Dep. Jenifer Smith,
Park, Nicole Dadic, YIED and North Broward Facility (grandmother Carrie Hawthorne.
(sister Shequana Dobbin and Carrie was also the aunt to
Jennifer Rosinski, External (brother Franklyn Maloney) Sandra Bell, Paul Rein Facility
Affairs) niece Madison Dobbin)
and retired Dep. Janet Carter)
Dep. Beverly Gordon, Inmate Management Tanisha Deshazior, Warrants Lourdes Bodine,
Central Intake (son Christopher Smith) (grandmother Versie Mae Elliott) Fire Rescue Logistics
(mother-in-law Minnie Gordon. (father-in-law Charles Bodine)
Minnie was also the aunt to Dep. Linda Thieman, Main Jail Dep. Pedro Dotel, Main Jail
(brother Johnny Washington. (sister Ana Mercedes Sanchez) Dep. Kenneth Brookins,
Dep. Cedric Roberts,
Johnny was also the brother-in- Central Intake
Paul Rein Facility) law of Dep. Vincent Thieman,
Det. Andrew Gianino, (grandmother Learline Brookins)
Central Intake and Dep. Chanell
Julie Hartmann, Crime Lab Washington, Paul Rein Facility Port Everglades
Civil Dep. Linda Cady,
(father-in-law and was the uncle to Dep. Randy (brother Vincent Gianino)
Wendell C. Hartmann) Washington, Paul Rein Facility) (husband Douglas Cady, Jr.)
Sgt. Debbie Johnson, Main Jail
Dep. Joann Johnson, Marcell Trotman, CPIS (grandmother Cora Mathis) Stephen Cantley, Fleet Control
Paul Rein Facility (mother Diana Best) (lifelong companion Sora
(grandmother Carrie Washington) Diane MacDonald, Fletcher)
Retired Dep. Terry Trout, Finance Division
D/E Gary McCartney, Court Services (mother Edith Holtz. Edith Holly Davis, Communications
(daughter Shelly Azzinaro) was also the mother-in-law to (grandmother Virginia Gattilia)
(father Bill McCartney) William MacDonald, Finance
Dep. Debra White, YIED Gasner Dolcine, Deerfield Beach
(grandmother Almeta Edwards) (sister Idamene Destine)
Sgt. Terrence McClover,
Paul Rein Facility and Dep. Elaine Wolf, Inmate Property Retired Lt. Dennis Mihm, Victoria Garcia,
Jonathan McClover, Main Jail (father Ralph Wolf ) Conte Facility Finance Division
(sister Burnita Trowell. Burnita (father Oscar Mihm) (mother Phyllis Newton. Phyllis
was also the sister-in-law of Dep. Lyvon Battle, was also the grandmother of
Lorraine McClover, Main Jail) Purchasing Division Dep. Dave Nicholson, Dep. Stephanie Newton,
(mother Joyce Battle. Joyce was Dania Beach Pompano Beach)
Dep. Sabine Moss, Main Jail also the aunt to Sgt. Anthony (grandmother Claira Reese)
Thompson, Main Jail) See DEEPEST SYMPATHIES
(grandmother Lise Jean Pierre)
continued on next page
18 • Winter 2010
DEEPEST SYMPATHIES continued We also regret the passing of ...
from previous page.
Retired Detective Bruce Babcock from Franklin Lizzi began
Regional Investigations passed away on his career with the
Dep. Salvatore Greco, Pompano Beach October 28, 2009, after losing his battle Broward Sheriff’s
(father-in-law William Nichols) to cancer. Det. Babcock had a 27-year Office in May of
law enforcement career – 18 of those 2004. He worked
Jacqueline Hough, Central Intake years serving with BSO. as a court deputy
(mother Annie Bookman) until his unexpected
After a long illness, passing on
Batt. Chief Julie Johnson, Fire Rescue Retired Deputy November 3, 2009.
Admin. Wilber Porter, Court Deputy Lizzi
(sister Jeanne Barcus) from the Civil was a Veteran of
Division passed the Korean War. He is survived by his wife
Dep. Brian Kmiotek, away on October 6, Linda and children, Gina Childers, Maria
North Broward Facility 2009. Dep. Porter Zalewski and Mark Lizzi.
(mother Linda A. Kmiotek) served BSO proudly
for 15 years. Joy Carter began her career with the
Capt. Walter Laun, Paul Rein Facility Broward Sheriff’s Office in November
(brotherErnest A. Laun. Ernest was also the Retired Deputy Arnold Simon, from of 1982, where she worked for five years
uncle to Dep. Pamela Murray-Laun, Court Services passed away on October as a Airport Safety Officer. Joy passed
Main Jail). 19, 2009, after a long illness. Dep. unexpectedly on December 26, 2009.
Simon served 14 proud years with BSO. She is survived by her son William
Charmaine Lassiter Marra, Carter.
Communications At the young
(grandfather John Mitchell) age of 33,
Deputy Brian At the age of 84,
Faust passed Ludwig (Bill) Schilling
Ct. Dep. Nilka Navalo-Laroche,
Court Services away due to passed away on
complications December 12, 2009.
(grandfather Lorenzo Powell) from a heart Bill served in the
Det. Howard Robl, DLE Administration United States Navy
Faust was an
(father Don Robl) eight-year during World War
veteran of II, when he earned
Marc Rosensky, Facilities Management the Broward a purple heart after
(father-in-law Arnold Epstein) Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Faust was in his a bombing raid on
third year as a school resource deputy at his ship – the U.S.S. Wasp. After the Navy,
Duane Smiley, Day Reporting and Reentry Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School Bill joined the New York Police Department,
in Parkland. An outstanding deputy with
(grandfather Woodrow Grady, Sr.) where he served for 20 years. After retiring
consistently high evaluations, Deputy Faust
was nominated for Employee of the Month to Fort Lauderdale with his wife Theresa, Bill
Carla Smith, Civil Division in April of 2009 for his work in cracking a joined BSO where he served proudly for an
(mother Hattie Fisher) stolen cell phone ring. Prior to becoming a additional 10 years. Theresa describes Bill
school resource deputy he was assigned to as a wonderful husband and her best friend.
Sheila Tillman, CPIS, Latosha Turner, road patrol in the City of Pompano Beach.
Inmate Property and Shanta Johnson,
(grandmother Lula Townsley)
Dep. Ursula Wiggins, Conte Facility
Ask and You Shall Receive
By sArA oren, externAl AffAirs
(brother Deon Wiggins. Deon was also the
brother-in-law to Dep. Leo McBride, North Overwhelmed by BSO’s generosity, is raising her five grandchildren – some
Broward Facility and the father to Retired Linda Dixon couldn’t express her with challenges of their own.
Dep. Aaron Wiggins, gratitude enough when Dep. Robert To ensure Linda’s needs were met
North Broward Facility) Benanchietti and Capt. John Nesteruk this holiday season, Sheriff Lamberti
stopped by her Fort Lauderdale home asked Capt. Nesteruk and the Youth
Hope Williams-Daley, on December 23rd, to make a special Intervention and Enforcement Division
holiday delivery. team to put together toys for her five
In-Custody Behavioral Services
Linda’s need was brought to the grandchildren and $60 in Publix gift
(husband Neville Daley) attention of Sheriff Al Lamberti when cards to help purchase food for the
he received an e-mail through “Ask home. Before leaving her home, Linda
the Sheriff” from a concerned friend, said, “I can’t thank you enough. I am
Annie Miller. Annie identified that while only able to do so much and this is a
struggling with her own health, Linda huge blessing. It will really help us all.”
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Oakland Park Officials
Recognize BSO’s Best
By chief John BukAtA, oAklAnd pArk
In December the City of Oakland Unit (SIU), which consists
Park held its annual Holiday Awards of Sgt. Rich Pisanti,
luncheon. The ceremony is a major city Det. Henry Lopez, Det.
event which recognizes employees in Anthony Costanzo, Det.
various categories such as teamwork, Brann Redl and Det.
champion, great idea, customer first and Rachel Radulic were
performance excellence. The awards are specifically recognized for
based on the Governor’s Sterling Awards their prescription and City Manager John Stunson, (l. to r.) Vice Mayor Allegra
criteria. illegal drug enforcement Murphy, Dep. Pete Outwater, Commissioner Suzanne Boisvenue
This year BSO’s Oakland Park district efforts. The unit made and Commissioner Ann Sallee.
was lucky enough to have one of its units an impressive 575 arrests
recieve the top award for Performance and seized in excess of $100,000 in 2009! Oakland Park both as a motorman and
Excellence. The Special Investigations Dep. Pete Outwater also was as a member of the Oakland Park Safety
recognized as the recipient of the Safety committee.
Award for his commitment and This is the second year BSO’s Oakland
attention to the roadway safety of Park district won the city’s top award.
Last year Sgt. Rick LaCerra was
recognized for his efforts in the detective
bureau and his comprehensive oversight
of the move to the new district office.
As the contractual service provider
to the City of Oakland Park for police
services, the Oakland Park district is
very honored to be a participant in the
awards luncheon and even more so to be
recognized with the city’s highest award
for two years in a row.
Members of Oakland Park’s SIU pose with
Chief John Bukata (center) after the luncheon.
They are (l. to r.): Det. Rachel Radulic,
Sgt. Rich Pisanti, Det. Brann Redl and Det.
Henry Lopez. Also part of the team, but not
photographed is Det. Anthony Costanzo.
2009 BCCPA Civilian Employee of the Year
By dAni moschellA, mediA relAtions
During their Holiday Awards luncheon on ping-pong tables, weightlifting equipment
December 10th, BSO Community Service Aide and cleaning supplies. Florian also works
Anthony Florian received the 2009 Civilian with local businesses and organizations to Community
Employee of the Year Award from the Broward provide field trips and special events for
County Chiefs of Police Association. program participants – most of which are
Since Florian’s assignment to BSO’s Police at no cost to BSO – and has fostered good
Athletic League - nearly two years ago - youth working relationships with local radio
participation has doubled and attendance at stations and sports organizations to
PAL functions has increased 250 percent! With create opportunities for children.
minimal supervision and direction, Florian has Florian also acts as an advisor
instituted several community programs in an for the BSO Explorer program
area of the county where youth programs had and often donates his own time
been lacking. These programs include: sports working nights and weekends to
programs, structured study and homework time ensure the Explorer events are
as well as fun and games. He has also facilitated successful. Florian acts as a positive
the donation of most of the equipment and role model for kids and is an asset
furniture in the facility – including pool and to BSO and to the community.
20 • Winter 2010
news from bso
After 11 months of following a
strenuous diet, exercise and training Appreciation
routine, Kevin Murtha a firefighter/
paramedic from Fire Station 81 in By kristinA gulick,
Weston, took on the Ironman challenge director docc
in Panama City on November 6th. He
swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and On Tuesday, November 17th,
ran 26.2 miles. Throughout the event Community Job Development
more than 2,600 participants’ battled Coordinator Thomas Lanahan
choppy waters and breezy winds making from the Department of
the challenge all the more difficult. “At Community Control received a
mile 15 of the run I felt like I had ran
Certificate of Appreciation from
out of gas, but I got the motivation to
keep going from all the people yelling PRIDE Enterprise during their
and cheering for me along the course,” Annual Recognition Banquet in
said Kevin. He completed the triathlon Clearwater, FL. Thomas received
strong with an impressive finish time this award for his efforts in
FF/PM Kevin Murtha crosses the finish line of 14:53:03. Congratulations on your supporting persons in prisons and
during his very first Ironman competition. accomplishment Ironman Murtha! jails and for providing support to
ex-offenders released from various
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews went on detention facilities. Thomas
a shopping spree on December 3rd at the
Pembroke Pines Walmart Super Center for works with BSO’s Employment
Charity the fifth annual Children’s Cancer Caring
Center Grand Holiday Party. The annual
tradition brings firefighters together to
Services Program to help
ex-offenders gain employment
purchase and collect toys for Santa, who
and successfully re-enter the
then presented them to more than 400 community.
sick and less fortunate children on
Saturday, December 19th at a party, Thomas Lanahan with PRIDE’s Mission
held at Miami Beach Convention Program Director, Carol Tortarelli.
Center. At the December event,
BSO Captain and Local 4321
President Walt Dix (far right)
and Driver/Engineer and Local
4321 Vice President John
Kelly (front center) along with
Broward County’s Council
of Firefighters Vice President
Lt. Doug Walter presented
the Children’s Cancer Caring
Center’s CEO, Lee Klein (far
left), with a check for $2,500. This
charitable donation was derived
from the sale of Florida Firefighter
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bso stars of the month
BSO Stars of the Month
Coordinating the H1N1 vaccination for BSO employees addressed by the task force as well.
was a time consuming task. It took several months of For their efforts, the H1N1 Task Force is recognized
planning and coordination. Many employees were involved with employee of the month honors. Congratulations to
in the process of planning and administering these the H1N1 Task Force: Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Asst. Chief
vaccinations. This unprecedented feat took a tremendous Miriam Erdman, Capt. David Erdman, Batt. Chief Julie
amount of hard work and dedication. Locations for Points Johnson, Chief Donn Peterson, Dir. Victor Marrero,
of Distribution (POD) sites had to be established, each shot Risk Management; Asst. Chief Stephen Krivjanik, Asst.
was administered by BSO fire rescue personnel and had to Chief Richard Sievers, Lt. Cynthia Adamsky, Dir. Wiley
be recorded. POD security and traffic flow coordination was Thompson, Elizabeth Parker, Major Kim Spadaro,
Lt. George Rimel, Capt. John Nesteruk, Sgt. Daniel
Jackowski, Courtney Harvey, Capt. Robert Arrighetti, PM
Dalton Wood, PM Suzanne Lohbauer, Abby Landy, Sgt.
Michael Kallman, Sgt. Michael Graham, Capt. Robert
Schnakenberg, Gabriel De LaPena, Jennifer Bourgouin,
Capt. Michael Coombs, Charles Van Buskirk and Capt.
Several members of the H1N1 Task Force photographed here are (l. to r.):
Sgt. Daniel Jackowski, YIED; Dir. Wiley Thompson, Human Resources;
Manager Elizabeth Parker, Benefits; Asst. Chief Stephen Krivjanik, Fire Rescue;
PM Suzanne Lohbauer, Fire Rescue; Capt. Michael Coombs, Fire Rescue; Fire
Safety Inspector Charles Van Buskirk, Fire Rescue; Capt. Adam Bloch, Fire
Rescue; Abby Landy, Fire Rescue Admin.; Asst. Chief Richard Sievers, Fire
Rescue; Sgt. Michael Graham, Office of Homeland Security; and Sgt. Michael
Kallman, Office of Homeland Security.
In October, deputies responded to a call of a 15-year old boy who had been set on fire. With more than 65% of his body
burned, the victim was airlifted to the Jackson Memorial Burn Unit in Miami in
grave condition. Shortly after the incident deputies had determined that the victim
had been set afire by juveniles who had fled the area.
The Aggravated Felonies Unit was charged with conducting the investigation into
this crime. Under the direction of Sgt. Steve Feeley, Detectives Michael Lott, Scott
Erdelyi and Cody Gill responded to conduct the investigation. Det. Lott was the
lead investigator, Det. Erdelyi was tasked with on-scene follow-up and Det. Gill
canvassed the area for evidence, assisting with the apprehension and processing of
the suspects and being the point of contact for the victim’s family.
After thorough investigation and interviewing of witnesses, these detectives were
able to gain enough information to arrest the juveniles involved within hours of the
attack. Detectives were also able to obtain critical admissions from one suspect and
a full confession from another.
This case has become one of the most serious and comprehensive investigations
handled by detectives in the Aggravated Felonies Unit. Sgt. Feeley and Detectives
Lott, Erdelyi and Gill worked together as a team to put together a criminal case
against the perpetrators of this crime. The investigation took several weeks and
included many witness interviews, search warrants, subpoenas and countless hours
of follow-up. Photographed from (l. to r.): Dep. Cody Gill,
For their exceptional investigative work and subsequent arrests all four are Dep. Scott Erdelyi, Sgt. Stephen Feeley and
recognized with employee of the month honors. Dep. Michael Lott.
Beyond his normal day-to-day operations, Sgt. Shane Owens continues to go above and
beyond by ensuring his subordinates work is mistake free with regards to processing inmates.
He cross checks the work and ensures each new arrest is processed correctly and without
delay. Sgt. Owens is constantly training his staff and monitoring an extensive workflow
process. His shift gets an overwhelming workload completed each and every day.
On top of all of this, during the month of November he took the initiative to
coordinate the painting of the booking area.
For his commitment to Central Intake, Sgt. Shane Owens received employee of
the month honors.
Sgt. Shane Owens, Central Intake
22 • Winter 2010
news from bso
All in the Family
Beginning her career in 1995 as a tele-typist with Through her busy schedule, Annette also found time to
the Pompano Beach Police Department, Annette fall in love with her husband, Fredrick. The couple tied the
Stubbs-Wilson became a BSO employee after knot on a special day in July 2004 – her birthday! Also
the police department merged services in 1999. finding love was Jessica, who in November married her
A decade later, Annette is now working as an sweetheart, Joel.
Administrative Assistant to Lt. Colonel Born and raised on the beautiful Grand Bahama
Danny Wright. In March 2004, Annette’s Island, the sisters now live fairly close to one
sister, Jessica Rolle-Browne, followed another, Annette in North Lauderdale and
suit and began working for BSO Jessica in Lauderhill.
Communications in Pompano Beach Today, these hard–working women
– where she remains today. continue to soar to new heights.
Aside from dedicating many Annette recently completed her
years to her career, Annette is a Bachelor’s Degree in Business
dedicated mother who raised Administration from Grand Canyon
three children. Her eldest University. Jessica is in the process
daughter, Krystle, 26, recently of pursuing her dream of being a
graduated with a Master’s business owner (a business venture
Degree in Education and she doesn’t want to share just yet).
serves as a high school business Aside from their busy work and
teacher in Fairburn, GA. Her family schedules, the sisters have
son, Lofton, 21, recently enrolled managed to take some time to relax
in McFatter Technical School in Annette Stubbs-Wilson (seated)
and Jessica Rolle-Brown. during recent vacations to the Turks &
Davie, FL and her youngest daughter, Caicos Islands and St. Thomas. While they
Kyrha, 16, is sophomore at Fort both have their individual interests, the sisters
Lauderdale High School participating in favorite hobby is to go shopping together!
their Pre-Law Magnet program.
Bringing Home the Winning Belts! Supporting
B d . c “B ”s ,d B
with Pink &
y ep lem utch Anty eerfield eAch
On November 7th and 8th, the BSO Deerfield Beach PAL participated in the
Florida State PAL Championship Tournament in Fort Pierce. More than 180 boxers
participated from all over the state with BSO bringing six kids – five of which won
championships! The team then traveled south to Homestead to participate in the
Florida Gold Coast Belt Tournament on November 14th, bringing home and In October, personnel from
additional two winning belts. Congratulations boxing champs! Confinement Status showed their
support for Breast Cancer Awareness
C.J. Murphy, Jordan Murphy and Jake Grossman
display their Florida State PAL Championship Belts by wearing pink and white and
won at the State PAL Tournament on November decorating their office to match.
7th and 8th in Fort Pierce. “This is a cause that is very close to
my heart, and I am very proud of my
co-workers,” said Shelby Thompkins
who spearheaded the effort. More
information about Breast Cancer
Awareness can be obtained at Susan
G. Komen’s site at www.komen.org.
Devon Murphy and Lajuan Beltron
display their Championship Belts won at
the Florida Gold Coast Tournament on
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Small Problem – Big Help A Vacation to Remember Exceptional Experience from
The smoke detector alarm battery in our home My family and I came to Fort Lauderdale on Exceptional People
needed to be changed and neither my husband vacation from Columbia. We do not speak English I was a part of the Citizens Academy Class
nor I were able to reach the alarm. We stopped and had a difficult time figuring out how to get to #46 and would like to send a special thank you to
by the fire station in Weston and told them about Cheryl Vara from DLE Administration. She made
our hotel. We approached Dep. Troy Santamaria
our problem. A short time later the men from this experience a unique one and her patience,
the station stopped by our house and solved our who tried to assist us by drawing us a map from knowledge and willingness to help motivated and
problem within minutes. We have been residents of the airport to our hotel; however he could tell we encouraged all of us. She is a remarkable person and
Broward County for 40 years and this was the first were still unsure of where we were going. Dep. an asset to the Broward Sheriff ’s Office. I would also
time we ever needed assistance. Overall, we are very Santamaria then told us to follow him and he drove like to thank all the other employees who graciously
impressed with your service and professionalism. directly to our hotel to ensure we would not get lost. gave their time to the academy. It is your employees,
We realize this was a small problem for your staff; We were so thankful and even offered him to have as well as the overall experience and service you
however it was a major problem for us. FF/PM dinner with us to which he politely declined and provide which make BSO truly exceptional!
Richard Delgado was sure to advise us “It’s not a informed us he had to return to his post. We know
problem. We are here to serve the public.” Paola Bello Sanchez
this may not seem like a big deal to most people, Pembroke Pines, FL
Evelyn & Robert Danzinger but his act of kindness meant a lot to us.
Weston, FL Making an Unbearable Situation
Luis Guillermo & Perez Castillo
Outstanding Tour Guides Columbia
On September 11th, my father passed away
On October 21st, I brought a group of six in his home in Tamarac. Dep. Larry Klarman
disabled youth from the Center for Independent A Caring response responded to the call and during a very difficult
Living’s High School to BSO to participate in
Disability Mentoring Day. The tour of the agency On his way to school my son was robbed of his time Dep. Klarman was extremely compassionate
was led by Deputies Alan Barnes and Anthony iPod. Dep. Jamie Rubenstein took the report and and helpful. I live in New York and no other family
Romano from Youth and Neighborhood Services was very caring and polite. Dep. Rubenstein even was able to be there to assist. Dep. Klarman went
and Sara Oren from External Affairs. These BSO checked on my son the following day to see if he beyond his duties – calling the doctor, conferring
employees were outstanding! They had a great sense was okay. We were very pleased with the response with the medical examiner, calling the funeral home,
of humor and were just amazing with the kids. and remaining with my father until he was picked
and my friends and family were even shocked when up. Throughout the entire ordeal Dep. Klarman
Overall, the students had a great time and learned I told them the story. Dep. Rubenstein is to be
a lot about your agency and public service. Thank kept me up-to-date on everything. His assistance
you! commended for demonstrating compassing and made an unbearable situation bearable and I would
professionalism. like to express my deepest gratitude to him for his
Paula Shea service.
Director of Advocacy Vickie White
Allyne S. Brumbaugh
Center for Independent Living Pompano Beach, FL
Pound Ridge, NY