BSO AWARDS CEREMONY FRIDAY
Date: March 14, 2013 PIO Number: 13-3-12
10 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2013
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theatre
201 S.W. 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy realized four children and their grandmother were living in a car, he reached out to two other deputies for help. Today, the once-struggling family is back on its feet and living in a safe and comfortable home thanks in part to the efforts of deputies Edward Ragauskas, Doug Lashbrook and Detective Lisa Sokol. The three will be among the honorees Friday morning at BSO’s annual awards ceremony.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel will recognize the contributions of BSO deputies, civilian personnel, support staff, firefighters and paramedics, as well as private citizens at Friday’s ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. He will present Gold Cross Awards to deputies who remained brave and dedicated to duty in the face of grave danger. He will give a Special Recognition Award posthumously to Nikki, a special animal that educated the public about the cruelty of chaining dogs. A talented forensic artist and robbery detective will win the Detective of the Year Award.
“These honorees represent the best of BSO and our community,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “I’m proud to share the stage with them today.”
The complete list of award recipients is as follows. Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award: Nikki “Break the Chain” K-9; Fire Rescue Honor Guard; Deputy Manuel Alvarez-Jacinto, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; Deputy Joslyn Ruback, Paul Rein Facility; North Lauderdale deputies Edward Ragauskas, Doug Lashbrook and Detective Lisa Sokol, North Lauderdale Mayor Jack Brady; BSO Mounted Posse Unit; Inmate Property Unit. Citizen of the Year: Emillio Caban. Meritorious Service Award: Deputy Steven DelSol, Tamarac; Deputy Eric Blake, Pompano Beach; Darla McDuffie-Baynes, Criminal Investigations; Lt. Eric Delotta, Paramedic Robert Thompson, Air Rescue; Deputy Jesus Madrigal, Aviation Unit. Exceptional Service Award: Sgt. Mario Barcelo, Joseph V. Conte Facility; Mounted Unit. Civilian Employee of the Year Award: CSA Joseph Curtis, Deerfield Beach. Department of Community Programs Employee of the Year Award: Antoinette Dockery. Detective of the Year Award: Detective John McMahon, Criminal Investigations Division. Department of Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year Award: Deputy Franklin Castor, Central Broward. Department of Detention Deputy of the Year Award: Lt. Eddison Ricketts, North Broward Bureau. Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Employee of the Year Award: Capt. David Kelly, Regional HazMat. Department of Law Enforcement Field Training Deputy of the Year Award: Deputy Marco Rizza, Pompano Beach. Public Safety Special Operations Award: Mobile Field Force. Department of Law Enforcement Support Unit of the Year Award: Regional Communications Division – Pompano Beach site. Department of Community Programs Unit of the Year Award: Pretrial Services Field Visit Unit. Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Unit of the Year Award: Fire Station 37. Department of Law Enforcement Unit of the Year Award: Special Victims Unit. Department of Detention Unit of the Year Award: Main Jail Infirmary Unit. Gold Cross Award: Deputy Samuel Wagers, West Park/Pembroke Park; Deputy Michael Francis, West Park/Pembroke Park; Deputy Nuno Roque, ICJS Training Division; Sgt. Andrea Tianga, Lauderdale Lakes; Detective Ronald Miller, Strategic Investigations Division; Deputy Santiago Vazquez, Port Everglades.
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