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Pasco Sheriff's Office lauds good work of deputies and civilians last quarter

DADE CITY — Detective Dale Bruce's job is to find the people who don't want to be found.

Bruce works for the warrants unit of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, patrolling east Pasco in search of suspects wanted for various crimes.

During the third quarter of 2009, he arrested 311 suspects with 457 active warrants. He recently was responsible for bringing in two of Pasco's Most Wanted suspects by contacting friends and family members and assuring them it would be best if those individuals turned themselves in. Both suspects later called Bruce and surrendered peacefully, the Sheriff's Office said.

Bruce received an Employee Incentive Award on Wednesday from the Sheriff's Office, one of 24 people recognized for their efforts on behalf of law enforcement this past quarter.

Other recipients

• Two undercover detectives, identified only by their initials C.S. and C.B., whose yearlong investigation unraveled a cocaine smuggling ring in Dade City.

Deputy Keith Adams, who used new facial-recognition software at the Land O'Lakes jail to identify an inmate who refused to give his name.

Sgt. Christopher Beaman and Deputy Ryan Lennox, who revived a suicidal woman who tried to hang herself.

Deputies Jeffrey Pyle, Sean Sweeney, Roger Hill, Michael Lehnert, Michael Merwin, Gregory Halstead, Robert Quaranta, Theodore Woods; Sgt. James Rollston; Cpls. John Gibson and Aaron Smith; RN Clinical Supervisor Mary Komer and LPN Jamie Bottass, who prevented the suicides of several inmates at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Latoya Rogers Conner, a part-time communications officer who handled 2,312 calls in August on the 911 and administrative lines.

Deputy April Heuss, a patrol officer who earned five gold, a silver and two bronze medals at the 2009 Florida Police and Fire Games.

Curtis Scaglione, a family support worker who watches, feeds and transports children who have been removed from their homes.

John Boff, a resident who chased an armed purse-snatcher near the Port Richey Books-A-Million.

Jared Ochs, a resident who confronted the man burglarizing his roommate's car in Holiday.

Pasco Sheriff's Office lauds good work of deputies and civilians last quarter 10/21/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:52pm]
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