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A LL P OINTS B ULLETIN VOLUME 21 • NUMBER 3 • FALL 2011 FLORIDA SHERIFFS Clay County Deputy Con Kelley Honored as the 2011 Deputy Sheriff of the Year On the night of November 11, 2010, Clay County Deputy Sheriff Con Kelley responded to a call about a suspi-cious vehicle in a gated community in the Oakleaf area. When Deputy Kelley arrived, the vehicle was gone, but he proceeded to check out the residence in question. What Deputy Kelley found just minutes later would test his charac-ter, training and ability to make split-second decisions that would mean the difference between life and death for himself and all involved. Neighborhood resident Terrance Denson placed the 9-1-1 call when he saw the unknown vehicle and the sus-pects going around a nearby residence. He flagged down Deputy Kelley upon his arrival and pointed him in the right direction. After relaying his location to dispatch, Deputy Kelley headed for the building despite Denson’s objections. “I said, ‘Dude, I think you need back-up,’ and he said, ‘What do I need back-up for?’” Denson said. “He said he needed to address the situation, but then all hell broke loose. He was very professional about it. I say he was a hero in my opinion, because he went over by himself.” As Deputy Kelley approached the building, he could hear arguing coming from the garage. As he got closer, he could hear screaming and multiple gun shots coming from inside and noticed the garage door beginning to open. Standing just to the side as the door opened, Deputy Kelley was con-fronted by the two suspects as they ran out of the garage. A brief gun battle ensued, resulting in one of the sus-FSA Immediate Past President Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid (left) and Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler present the award for 2011 FSA Deputy Sheriff of the Year to Clay County Deputy Con Kelley. pects being shot and killed. The sec-ond suspect ran into the night but was quickly captured by Deputy Kelley after a foot pursuit. Deputy Kelley then assisted with the evacuation of citizens in the area and maintained the perimeter to ensure there would be no more sur-prises. Upon further investigation of the crime scene, a third person was found in the garage with multiple gun-shot wounds. He died en route to the hospital, where it was determined he was the homeowner’s cousin who was watching the house at the time of the incident. The bravery of Deputy Kelley and the swift actions he employed led to the apprehension of two criminals who took the life of an innocent man, and prevention of further casualties. In recognition of that bravery and grace under pressure, Deputy Kelley was selected as Florida Sheriffs As-sociation 2011 Deputy of the Year. He received his award at the FSA Sum-mer Conference in Daytona Beach in August. “We congratulate Deputy Kelley and all the other outstanding officers who were nominated,” said Steve Casey, executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Association. “We give thanks to all of the Florida law-enforcement officers who protect our great state every day. The Florida Sheriffs’ Offices embody excellence as we make a difference in each of the 67 counties we serve, and we are honored that the exemplary ef-forts of Clay County Deputy Sheriff Con Kelley were recognized with this award.” FSA President Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson also had praise for the Deputy: “Deputy Kelley displayed excep-tional courage under fire in facing down armed suspects, protecting a neighbor-hood and preventing further innocent bloodshed. His actions on November 11, 2010, were a true credit to Deputy Kelley’s training and professionalism Continued on page 4 ALL POINTS BULLETIN H FALL 2011 1

Clay County Deputy Con Kelley Honored As The 2011 Deputy Sheriff Of The Year

On the night of November 11, 2010,Clay County Deputy Sheriff Con Kelley responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in a gated community in the Oakleaf area. When Deputy Kelley arrived, the vehicle was gone, but he proceeded to check out the residence in question.<br /> <br /> What Deputy Kelley found just minutes later would test his character, training and ability to make splitsecond decisions that would mean the difference between life and death for himself and all involved.<br /> <br /> Neighborhood resident Terrance Denson placed the 9-1-1 call when he saw the unknown vehicle and the suspects going around a nearby residence. He flagged down Deputy Kelley upon his arrival and pointed him in the right direction. After relaying his location to dispatch, Deputy Kelley headed for the building despite Denson’s objections.<br /> <br /> “I said, ‘Dude, I think you need back-up,’ and he said, ‘What do I need back-up for?’” Denson said. “He said he needed to address the situation, but then all hell broke loose. He was very professional about it. I say he was a hero in my opinion, because he went over by himself.” <br /> <br /> As Deputy Kelley approached the building, he could hear arguing coming from the garage. As he got closer, he could hear screaming and multiple gun shots coming from inside and noticed the garage door beginning to open.<br /> <br /> Standing just to the side as the door opened, Deputy Kelley was confronted by the two suspects as they ran out of the garage. A brief gun battle ensued, resulting in one of the suspects being shot and killed. The second suspect ran into the night but was quickly captured by Deputy Kelley after a foot pursuit.<br /> <br /> Deputy Kelley then assisted with the evacuation of citizens in the area and maintained the perimeter to ensure there would be no more surprises.Upon further investigation of the crime scene, a third person was found in the garage with multiple gunshot wounds. He died en route to the hospital, where it was determined he was the homeowner’s cousin who was watching the house at the time of the incident. The bravery of Deputy Kelley and the swift actions he employed led to the apprehension of two criminals who took the life of an innocent man, and prevention of further casualties.<br /> <br /> In recognition of that bravery and grace under pressure, Deputy Kelley was selected as Florida Sheriffs Association 2011 Deputy of the Year. He received his award at the FSA Sum-And were an outstanding example of the heroic service that deputy sheriffs provide every day to protect our citizens and keep Florida safe. We congratulate Deputy Kelley and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for this well-deserved honor.” <br /> <br /> Those who work with Deputy Kelley were impressed by his actions, but were hardly surprised.<br /> <br /> “I’ve been doing this for 24 years, and he’s a guy I’d be proud to work with any day,” said CCSO Watch Commander Lt. Keith Perry. “He’s levelheaded, calm under pressure and he knows how to take care of business.” <br /> <br /> Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler agreed. “Everyone here at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is tremendously proud of Deputy Con Kelley and his actions last fall. Deputy Kelley was heroic in his approach, he was tactical and he was mindful of the backdrop where his rounds were going. He was outgunned by the suspect, who had a an AK47 assault rifle, but his actions were heroic. We are very grateful to have him and very proud that the FSA has selected Deputy Con Kelley as Deputy of the Year for 2011.”

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