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Pasco County Sheriff's Office announces employees of year

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has announced its employees of the year. Anyone within the department can nominate someone, though the awards are voted on by command staff, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Those awarded are:

Civilian of the year: Regina Trani, the person who coordinates deputies' extra duty job, such as details at festivals and other special events.

Law enforcement deputy of the year: Sgt. Troy Fergueson, who supervises the volunteers in policing program, which has more than 425 members. Last year, program members donated more than 39,000 hours of their time helping various units.

Detention deputy of the year: Deputy Brian Jordan, who has shown "exceptional professionalism while working with mentally ill patients — one of the most difficult jobs in detention," according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

Jordan was awarded a life-saving medal after his quick response when an inmate tried to hang herself in her cell with a pillow case. He received another life-saving medal last year after reviving a 16-month-old child who nearly drowned in a neighbor's pool.

Field training officer of the year: Cpl. William Hatfield, who has "taken on his duties with enthusiasm and pride and has demonstrated innovative ideas with his training methods," the Sheriff's Office said.

Detention training officer of the year: Deputy Billy Russell, who has a "take charge attitude" and is skilled in defusing potentially dangerous situations with difficult inmates, the Sheriff's Office said. "The detention center is a better and safer place to work due to his diligence in training his fellow deputies," the press release states.

Detective of the year: Det. Lisa Schoneman, who "investigated and made arrests in some of the highest profile cases in Pasco County last year," the report says, including the 2006 execution-style shooting of two Wesley Chapel teens in Trilby. Two suspects were arrested last year.

Family members of victims talk of Schoneman's compassion and her "determination to bring justice to their loved ones," the Sheriff's Office said.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office announces employees of year 02/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 21, 2009 10:39am]
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