2012 Honored Employees

Click here to watch the 2012 Sheriff’s Awards Ceremony on YouTube.

Deputy of the Year Award

Deputy Barbara Pill(Posthumously Awarded)

Deputy Barbara Pill started her career with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in 1997, fulfilling a lifelong dream to become a Deputy Sheriff. She served in the capacity of Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer and Criminal Investigator.

Deputy Pill devoted a great deal of profession and personal time to helping at risk children and helping senior citizens who had been victimized by crime and dedicated over 30 years of to law enforcement and helping others.

As law enforcement officers we understand the importance of our role in society to protect the citizens within our community. We are committed to run into harm’s way and not to retreat.

On March 06, 2012, at approximately 1113 A.M., Deputy Sheriff Barbara Pill was shot and killed in the line of duty after stopping the suspects of a burglary near the intersection of John Rhodes Boulevard and Elena Way in Melbourne. She gave the ultimate sacrifice in keeping our communities safe and she will never be forgotten.

We honor her memory as we present this Deputy of the Year award to her family.

Corrections Deputy of the Year Award

Corrections Deputy James RisFor years now, despite the many changes at the Brevard County Jail Complex there has been one thing that remains constant, the professionalism of Corrections Deputy James Ris. Deputy Ris is the model of efficiency, energy, enthusiasm and effectiveness towards which the other deputies can aspire.

On May 31, 2012, Deputy Ris was off-duty and at his home when his attention was drawn to a commotion in his neighborhood. When a West Melbourne Police Officer arrived on scene shortly thereafter, she found Deputy Ris performing chest compressions on a three-year-old who had been pulled from the water. Deputy Ris identified himself and stated he would continue providing CPR to the child, who has since made a full recovery.

On September 4, 2012, Mayor Hal Rose of West Melbourne presented Deputy Ris with a Life Saving Award. Deputy Ris was asked by Mayor Rose to speak about the events of the day of the near-drowning. His reply was simply, “God puts the right people in the right place at the right time.”

In June of 2011, Deputy Ris, along with sixteen other members of his church, traveled to Tuscaloosa as an important part of a community project helping others in need who had lost their homes and everything they owned. The group assisted the town in cleanup and recovery. In June 2012, Deputy Ris traveled to Alabama for the second time, along with members of his church, to assist the victims of the devastating tornados that occurred on April 28, 2011. This trip focused on Birmingham, where Deputy Ris and 26 members of his church worked to rebuild homes for families who suffered such mass devastation and loss of lives.

Corrections Deputy Ris is also a canine handler and was instrumental in the recovery of a missing juvenile who was bi-polar and suicidal on May 14, 2012. He was dispatched to assist in the search for the missing juvenile along with bloodhound partners Buck and Gordito. Once on scene, he was informed that the juvenile had been missing for approximately five hours and that a search of the surrounding areas had already been completed utilizing the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit with negative results.

Buck and Gordito received scent articles belonging to the juvenile, and began tracks three separate times that did not locate the juvenile. At that stage in the investigation, several on scene deputies recommended that the search be suspended because they felt all resources had been exhausted. Deputy Ris did not feel the same way and called for more canines and handlers to assist in the search. Once the additional canines and handlers arrived, Deputy Ris and another canine handler and partner began a new track. When the canine displaying a brief behavior change, Deputy Ris diligently began searching through heavy brush and located the missing juvenile.

Of all the incidents that have comprised the career of Deputy Ris since joining the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, including fundraising for local non-profits and shooting competitions, as well as contraband recoveries and heroic deeds, the most accurate description of Deputy Ris was made by Major Susan Jeter, who said this corrections deputy “is pure of purpose.”

In September of 2012, Corrections Deputy Ris was promoted to Corporal by Sheriff Parker. This promotion was a result of commitment to his profession, to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and to the citizens of the county we serve.

In addition to being selected as the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy of the Year, Corporal Ris has been named the Florida Sheriff’s Association’s Correctional Officer of the Year.

Communications Officer of the Year Award

Communications Officer Davis-PriceOn April 2, 2012, Communications Officer Davis-Price was assigned to work the South Precinct radio channel when she received a 911 hang-up. Upon calling the number back, she learned that a female was reporting that her boyfriend was intent on committing suicide.

During that call, she kept the complainant on the line, continually calming her and managing to gain very specific information on the location and actions of the male. Her efforts to maintain contact with the caller resulted in very important and detailed information being passed to the responding deputies and ultimately lead to a quick and safe resolution of the incident.

May 15, 2012, Communications Officer Davis-Price handled a frantic 911 call from the neighbor of a mother who took the lives of her four children and then herself. She obtained all pertinent information, ensuring the deputies were updated with the most recent information. Her diligence and calm demeanor during this tragic event are a true testament to her professionalism and sense of commitment to the agency and the community we serve.

In November, she received a call to assist the Melbourne Police Department with a theft case involving a crew known to south Brevard law enforcement as the “cigarette bandits” who had been responsible for thefts from numerous convenience stores in the area. Unfortunately for the suspects, one of them had inadvertently dialed ”911″ on his cellular telephone shortly after Melbourne PD began to give chase. Along with being able to plot the signal location, the team of telecommunicators was also able to hear and capture the spoken words of the suspects as they fled from several different agencies and made their way from south Brevard County into the Rockledge/Cocoa area. This well-coordinated effort among the 911 telephone operators and those working different radio channels resulted in the successful conclusion of this apprehension effort.

Employee of the Year Award

Missy KnightMissy Knight started with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in 1990, performing a number of administrative tasks. Her career changed in 2001, shortly after 9/11, when the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office realized it needed to expand its analytical and intelligence capabilities and this employee became one of the original members of the Investigative Support Unit.

Missy has been recognized countless times for the assistance she has provided to law enforcement agencies throughout the county, state and nation. She is currently an Analytical Support Specialist II with primary responsibilities being to assist the deputies and agents of East Precinct with any analytical needs that arise from their cases, as well as assisting the units in Criminal Investigative Services with analytical support as necessary.

Missy was instrumental in closing a more than 20-year-old homicide investigation by providing background on a previously unknown suspect. Although the DNA match was a valuable piece of evidence in the case; Case Agent Martin knew more was needed to bring the case to a successful resolution with the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the murder. Agent Martin enlisted Analyst Knight’s help to gather as much information possible on the suspect to include his past residences, schools attended, family members, relationships, jobs held, contacts with law enforcement, and arrests. Over the next several months, before the suspect’s interview took place, Missy worked tirelessly researching and gathering historical data on the suspect. After numerous telephone calls, subpoenas and record request, Missy accumulated hundreds of documents pertaining to the suspect’s past.

The overwhelming amount of data gathered helped the case agent interview the suspect who

was shocked by just how much we knew about him.

Lucy Ross Award

Beginning in 2005, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office established a very special annual award known as the Lucy Ross Award. Lucy was unfortunately taken from us much too early when she was killed in the line of duty in 2004. Lucy was very special to all of us. One of the ways we celebrate her life is through the recognition of a very special person in the Sheriff’s Office who demonstrates the same qualities as Lucy… qualities such as an unwavering dedication to the community, the attainment of excellence in her profession, and the love of children.

Mary MosemanThere are very few events where you won’t see Mary Moseman’s smiling face. She is one of the first to volunteer for anything that will help a coworker or someone in need.

Crew Supervisor Moseman’s experience and maternal instincts aided directly in teaching the Camp Chance kids coping skills such as anger management, conflict resolution, anti-bullying techniques, manners and courtesy toward others. She volunteered for the Shop with a Cop program, helping many of the same kids she helped at Camp Chance to have a Merry Christmas.She collected donated and delivered clothing for the Toys for Tots and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’s Holiday Programs. She spent Thanksgiving preparing and delivering meals to homeless veterans and their families, enriching Thanksgiving for approximately 350 families.

She learned of a homeless family living in the woods in Cocoa and collected food, toys, and clothing, personally delivering them on multiple occasions to ensure the parents and children had the items needed to sustain themselves. She volunteers for the Cocoa Little League, working concessions and soliciting donations and even drives her elderly neighbors to medical appointments and takes them shopping to help them maintain their independence.

Due to the illness of a coworker, she assumed responsibility of the Sheriff’s Bike Program program, refurbishing 150 bikes for Brevard Achievement and National Veterans Homeless Support.

She has a positive attitude and her compassion toward helping those in need and is truly amazing.

Reserve Deputy of the Year Award

Reserve Deputy Gene HopeReserve Deputy Gene Hope has shown exemplary performance in both his role as a reserve deputy and as an Agriculture-Marine patrol deputy. While on patrol, Deputy Hope consistently stops to meet with the Agriculture community and quickly responds to any law enforcement needs.

Deputy Hope assists with charitable organizations as well as Sheriff’s Office events as a cook.He aids the precincts by backing up calls and in any other manner asked of him.

As a reserve ag-marine deputy, he has taken the time to assist each member of the Ag-marine unit with his vast knowledge of Agriculture and assist them in any way possible. While this is expected of Deputy Hope, he seems to go out of his way to help each member of the Reserve Unit & Agriculture Marine Unit and make the unit a fun and productive place for them.

Deputy Hope has shown extreme dedication to the department and to the community. He is an outstanding example of a reserve officer for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Jack ChildsThe Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Citizens On Patrol (C.O.P.) are second to none. They volunteer countless hours every year and do an amazing amount of work.

In 2012, 85-year-old Jack Childs donated more than 1300 hours, an average of 25 hours a week. During this time he patrolled over 10,000 miles in the City of Cape Canaveral. This is an average of over 860 miles a month.

In addition to his patrol time he attended nearly every event in which the Canaveral COP Unit was involved. In the summer of 2012, he spent many long hot days at Camp Chance working with the kids. He took it upon himself to work with a local bakery and each week for Camp Chance he delivered fresh donated cookies for the kids. He stood a traffic post at the Cocoa Beach Air Show, Port St John Christmas Parade and the Canaveral 5K Reindeer Run. He was even out before sunrise setting up lighting at the Reindeer Run. He worked with Canaveral Leisure Services at the Canaveral Easter Egg Hunt and the Canaveral Chili Cook off Festival.

He is always available whenever called upon and he is always eager to assist the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Cape Canaveral and its Citizens, no matter the time of day or the day of the week.

Citizen of the Year Award

rotaryThe Cocoa Rotary Club does many things each year to make our county a better place. They are a collective group of citizens that understand the phrase “service before self”. This past year the members of the Cocoa Rotary Club participated in many civic events and contributed to numerous “not-for-profit” organizations but none of their involvement could start to parallel their donation of over a QUARTER OF A MILLION dollars to fund the newest Branch of the Boys and Girls Club that is under construction in Cocoa Florida and will enhance the lives of literally thousands of children in the future.

Medal of Valor

The Medal of Valor is the highest award presented by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It is presented to a member who performs an act of heroism, by putting themselves in imminent danger for the purpose of saving someone’s life.

  • Deputy Barbara Pill

Meritorious Awards

These recipients were nominated by their supervisors and selected by the Awards Committee for displaying exceptional thoroughness, determination, compassion and initiative while carrying out their duties.

  • Deputy Ryan English
  • Deputy Tabbitha Gamble
  • Deputy Kenneth Shields
  • Corrections Deputy Shellie Alston
  • Corrections Deputy David Buonocore
  • Corporal Charles Mack
  • Agent Kraig Hupfer
  • Crime scene Investigator Jennifer Miller
  • Communications Officer Nancy Hinkle
  • Communications Officer Leslie Woodruff-Hughley
  • Deputy Jeff Bellinger
  • Deputy Jason Roberts
  • Sergeant Robert Vitaliano
  • Deputy Chase Jicha
  • Corporal Orlando Vecchio
  • Deputy James Harrison
  • Deputy Jeffrie Jacobs
  • Sergeant Robert Vitaliano
  • Deputy Marie Clark
  • Deputy Roberto Sosa
  • Deputy Roger Roache

Life Saving Award

This is a distinguished award that means that their actions directly saved the life of a fellow citizen.

  • Deputy Anthony Musante
  • Deputy Jennie Rivera
  • Deputy Don Eri
  • Deputy Daniel Genova
  • Deputy Charles Hill
  • Corporal Howard Phillips
  • Deputy Kyle Scott
  • Deputy David Lovell
  • Corporal Jonathan Potter
  • Deputy James Harrison
  • Corporal James Ris
  • Agent Ernest Cathy
  • Agent Michael Traylor
  • Deputy Michael Matteson
  • Deputy Steve Collura
  • Deputy Jamie McGowan

Commendable Service

This award signifies that the recipient has performed a commendable act that is unusual in nature and demonstrates initiative and accomplishment.

Agent Jon AckermanCorrections Deputy Shellie Alston

Deputy David Altman

Deputy Jonathan Amick

Corporal Carol Bachynski

Deputy Jeff Barton

Agent Harry Bermudez

Deputy Corey Bertini

Agent Todd Beuer

Corrections Deputy Jessie Birch

Corrections Deputy Shannida Botello

Deputy Joseph Bracey

Victim Advocate Cynthia Carlson

Deputy Thomas Case

Mechanic II David Caudill

Deputy Derek Cheek

Deputy Margaret Claypool

Deputy Richard Clements

Crime Scene Investigator Lisa Connors

Chief Pilot John Coppola

Deputy Michael Coppola

Projects Coordinator Nicole Decoteau

Corporal Jason Diogo

Public Service Aide Kayla Durr

Agent Ben Erskine

Sergeant Stephen Fernez

Deputy Kristen Fettes

Crew Supervisor Jimmy Fielding Sr.

Deputy William Fletcher

Agent Chris Gallo

Deputy Tabbitha Gamble

Deputy Thomas Garrity

Deputy Daniel Genova

Agent Brandon Gish

Tactical Flight Officer William Gleason

Corporal Keith Grosse

Agent Brian Guilford

Deputy Gary HaasCorrections Deputy Sean Hawkins

Deputy Josh Hedleston

Deputy Brittany Hewett

Deputy Charles Hill

Agent Todd Holland

Agent Randy Holliday

Corporal Jason Holloman

Deputy Bryan Hopkins

Agent Kraig Hupfer

Corrections Deputy Michael Ingram

Comm. Officer Lance Jackson

Deputy Jeffrie Jacobs

Agent Brian Jones

Desk Officer Kelly Kain

Sergeant Byron Keck

Agent Patrick Kennedy

Analytical Support Specialist Melissa Knight

Deputy Benjamin Landis

Agent Laura Leister

Deputy Jeremy Lewis

Deputy Brett Lockhart

Senior Budget Analyst Karen Loggins

Deputy Jorge Lopez

Deputy David Lovell

Deputy/Pilot Stephen Lyon

Sergeant Brock Maggie

Deputy Vincent Marino-Vitani

Corrections Deputy Christopher Martinez

Agent Michael Mazzone

Corporal Crystal McClung

Deputy Marc McDilda

Deputy Jamie McGowan

Deputy Linda McLaughlin

Corrections Technician Fred Merrill

Deputy Carmen Minthorn

Deputy Anthony Musante

Comm. Officer Laura NevilleDeputy Christopher Overmeyer

Corrections Deputy Loren Parrott

Sergeant Scott Pikus

Corporal Debbie Rainey

Deputy Adam Regan

Corporal Noel Remillard

Deputy Jacob Rettler

Deputy Susan Ricchuito

Corporal James Ris

Agent Sandra Roblin

Deputy Richard Rozycki

Corporal/Pilot Christopher Sands

Corporal Frank Sarivola

Agent Rick Schmidt

Deputy Kevin Sherrill

Deputy Ken Shields

Deputy Greg Smith

Deputy Alex Sorokin

Manager Ron Spangler

Corporal Jason Speece

Agent Aja Stake

Agent Brian Stoll

Comm. Officer Nicole Tarbox

Deputy Albert Tolley

Sergeant Ross Torquato

Agent Millan Valdes

Corporal Orlando Vecchio

Agent Nick Walker

Deputy Thomas Walter

Agent Evan Wells

Desk Officer Denise Westerberg

Agent Chaston Williams

Agent Christopher Williams

Agent Cynthia Young

Corporal James Zibell

Monthly Awards

Deputies of the Month Corrections Officers of the Month Communications Officers of the Month Employees of the Month
January Deputy Don Eri
Deputy Anthony Musante
Deputy Jennie Rivera
Corrections Deputy
Patrick Arquette
Terry Myers
CSI Jennifer Miller
February Agent Don Reynolds Corrections Deputy
Jarrett Bisbee
Shift Supervisor
Shawna GriffinAssistant Shift Supervisor

Rebecca King

Central Logistics Manager
Ron SpanglerSenior Budget Analyst

Karen Loggins

March Deputy Barbara Pill Corrections Deputy
Christopher Martinez
Communications Officer
Leslie Woodruff-Hughley
Jail Records Manager
Jessica Vanatta
April Deputy Daniel Genova
Deputy Charles HillCorporal Howard


Deputy Kyle Scott

Crystal McClung
Communications Officer
Shelly Davis-Price
Victim Advocate
Cynthia Carlson
May Deputy Jeff Bellinger
Deputy Chase JichaDeputy Jason Roberts


Orlando Vecchio


Robert Vitaliano

Corrections Deputy
Loren Parrott
Communications Officer
Shelly Davis-Price
David Caudill
June Agent Kraig Hupfer Corporal
James Ris
Communications Officer
Michelle Pace
Crew Supervisor
Jimmy Fielding Sr.
July Deputy James Harrison Corrections Deputy
Shellie Alston
Communications Officer
Regina Oliver
Crew Supervisor
Mary Moseman
August Agent Michael Traylor
Agent Ernest Cathy
Corrections Deputy
Michael Ingram
Communications Officer
Mary Mayes
CSI Lisa Connors
September Agent Joseph Martin Corporal
Fred Merrill
Communications Officer
Mary Mayes
Analytical Support Specialist
Missy Knight
October Agent Marlon Buggs Corrections Deputy
Lisa Vennard
Communications Officer
Sara Arias
Special Projects Coordinator
Nicole Decoteau
November Deputy Marie Clark Corrections Deputy
Samantha Grimes
Communications Officer
Tyler Peterson
Fingerprint Tech
Wanda Mulcahy
December Deputy Roger Roache Corrections Deputy
Erwin Krempel
Shift Supervisor
Shawna Griffin
Communications Officer
Peggy Human
Communications Officer
Alan Romeo
Public Service Aid
Kayla Durr
Desk Officer
Kelly Kain
Desk Officer
Denise Westerberg

Unit Citations

  • Canaveral COPs
  • Classifications Unit
  • Communications Center
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Homicide Unit
  • North Precinct General Crimes
  • North Precinct Patrol
  • “Shop with a Cop” Volunteers
  • West Precinct General Crimes
  • Work Farm

20 Years of Service Award

  • James Culver Jr.
  • George Fayson Jr.
  • Ronald Forknall
  • Michael Green
  • John Hudgens
  • Robert Lape Jr.
  • Karen Loggins
  • Tanya Meadows
  • Kristy Moore
  • Noel Remillard Jr.
  • Thomas Young
  • Starr Zinsmeister

25 Years of Service Award

  • Randy Beville
  • John Boyd
  • Ronald Cook
  • John Cornelius Jr.
  • Sharon Cummings
  • Gregory Davis
  • James Dodson
  • Jimmy Fielding Jr.
  • Darrell Hibbs
  • Donalee Jenkins
  • Robert Lough
  • Jeffrey Ludwig
  • Darryl McCullough
  • Ray Messer
  • Alan Rainey
  • Christopher Sands
  • Dolores Scott
  • Gregory Shea
  • George Stewart
  • Robert Stouch
  • Michael Van Slyke
  • Douglas Waller
  • Robert Williams Jr.

30 Years of Service Award

  • Michael Lewis
  • Michael Matthias
  • Douglas Scragg