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 Brevard County Corporal James Ris Honored as FSA Corrections Officer of the Year On May 14, 2012, Brevard County Cpl. James Ris and his bloodhound partners, Buck and Gordito, were dispatched to assist in the search for a missing 12-year-old girl. The missing girl suffered from mental illness and had reportedly taken a large dose of medication and threatened to take her own life. As the father of a 12-year-old himself, Cpl. Ris understood how important it was to locate the missing girl and get her to safety as soon as possible. After several on-scene deputies recommended suspending the search because they felt all resources had been exhausted, Cpl. Ris continued the search. When backup K-9 units arrived on scene, Cpl. Ris and others ventured out for another search, ultimately locating the missing girl. Cpl. Ris’ willing attitude and diligent attention to detail are credited with the case ending so positively. For his persistence and skill in locating the vulnerable young girl, the Florida Sheriffs Association selected Corporal Ris as the 2013 Corrections Officer of the Year. The award, presented each year at the FSA Winter Conference and Exhibition, is given to a Corrections Officer who has demonstrated FSA Corrections Officer of the Year Cpl. James Ris with (from left) Brevard County Chief Deputy Doug Waller, Maj. Susan Jeter, Maj. Randy Bevil, Sgt. Steve Feaster and Sheriff Wayne Ivey. exemplary service in the line of duty. It was presented by FSA Executive Director Steve Casey and President Sheriff Susan Benton. “I could not be more proud of Jim and his outstanding accomplishments that demonstrate his commitment to the protection of the citizens of Brevard County and to his amazing family,” said Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “Jim’s actions serve as a constant reminder of the incredible dedication and service the men and women of the Brevard County Continued on page 4 St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Morales Loses His Life in the Line of Duty St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Morales, a 13-year veteran of the agency, lost his life in the line of duty February 28 after making a routine traffic stop just south of Fort Pierce. He was shot to death by the driver he stopped. Less than two minutes later, the defendant was in Sheriff’s Office custody. “Sgt. Morales earned a reputation for decisive action dealing with crimes in progress, investigative skill and compassion for victims of crime,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara who was less than a mile away when he heard the radio calls detailing the incident. The Sheriff rushed to the scene, and the investigation began immediately. Continued on page 4 ALL POINTS BULLETIN + SPRING 2013 1

Brevard County Corporal James Ris Honored As FSA Corrections Officer Of The Year

On May 14, 2012, Brevard County Cpl. James Ris and his bloodhound partners, Buck and Gordito, were dispatched to assist in the search for a missing 12-year-old girl. The missing girl suffered from mental illness and had reportedly taken a large dose of medication and threatened to take her own life. As the father of a 12-year-old himself, Cpl. Ris understood how important it was to locate the missing girl and get her to safety as soon as possible.<br /> <br /> After several on-scene deputies recommended suspending the search because they felt all resources had been exhausted, Cpl. Ris continued the search. When backup K-9 units arrived on scene, Cpl. Ris and others ventured out for another search, ultimately locating the missing girl. Cpl. Ris’ willing attitude and diligent attention to detail are credited with the case ending so positively.<br /> <br /> For his persistence and skill in locating the vulnerable young girl, the Florida Sheriffs Association selected Corporal Ris as the 2013 Corrections Officer of the Year. The award, presented each year at the FSA Winter Conference and Exhibition, is given to a Corrections Officer who has demonstrated exemplary service in the line of duty. It was presented by FSA Executive Director Steve Casey and President Sheriff Susan Benton.<br /> <br /> “I could not be more proud of Jim and his outstanding accomplishments that demonstrate his commitment to the protection of the citizens of Brevard County and to his amazing family,” said Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “Jim’s actions serve as a constant reminder of the incredible dedication and service the men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office provide to our citizens each and every day.” <br /> <br /> The work of Cpl. Ris inside the jail complex is just as impressive, according to his commanders. Cpl. Ris has an extreme attention to detail and has an uncanny ability for finding contraband within the housing units. Cpl. Ris most recently conducted an investigation, which led to the recovery of approximately five gallons of “buck,” an inmate created alcoholic beverage. Cpl. Ris was also nominated for a Merit Bar for his actions leading to the discovery of an inmate snorting a mixture of coffee and Ajax.<br /> <br /> “The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to recognize Corporal James Ris for his dedication to protecting the citizens of Brevard County every day,” said FSA President and Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton. “His swift actions and willingness to go beyond the call of duty has saved the lives of many people and for that we express our deepest gratitude.” <br /> <br /> Law enforcement is truly a 24/7 job, and this is no different for Cpl. Ris. While off duty at his home, Cpl. Ris was rushed over to help perform CPR on a 3-year-old who nearly drowned in a lake behind his home. Cpl. Ris continued to perform CPR until further help could arrive. His quick actions contributed to another successful outcome and the child has since made a full recovery. In his free time, Cpl. Ris coordinates mission trips through his church, including one to assist victims of the tornadoes that ravaged through Tuscaloosa, Ala., in June of 2011. He also has helped raise money for non-profits and shooting competitions.<br /> <br /> Cpl. Ris has been with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for five years and has been in his current position since September of 2012, when now retired Sheriff Jack Parker promoted him from Corrections Deputy.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Morales Loses His Life In The Line Of Duty

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Morales, a 13-year veteran of the agency, lost his life in the line of duty February 28 after making a routine traffic stop just south of Fort Pierce.<br /> <br /> He was shot to death by the driver he stopped. Less than two minutes later, the defendant was in Sheriff’s Office custody.<br /> <br /> “Sgt. Morales earned a reputation for decisive action dealing with crimes in progress, investigative skill and compassion for victims of crime,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara who was less than a mile away when he heard the radio calls detailing the incident. The Sheriff rushed to the scene, and the investigation began immediately.<br /> <br /> Sgt. Morales, 35, is survived by a wife and two daughters ages 6 and 8. He had been promoted to Sergeant 41 days before the fatal traffic stop. He joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 after his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force.<br /> <br /> One of his first assignments was to pose undercover as a high school student in “Operation Safe Kid” that resulted in 21 arrests. He served in several components of the Sheriff’s Office including the SWAT Team where he was lead sniper.<br /> <br /> More than 3,500 people attended his funeral at a Fort Pierce church March 4.<br /> <br /> “Sgt. Morales’ passion at the Sheriff’s Office was training,” said Sheriff Mascara. “To honor his memory and commitment, I have named the Sheriff’s Office training facility the Sgt. Gary Morales Training Complex.” <br /> <br /> The Florida Sheriffs Association joins the Morales family, the St Lucie Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Sheriffs across the state in mourning the death of Sgt. Gary Morales.

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