During 2009, Detention Deputy Phillip Fillie exemplified true professionalism both on and off duty by extending life-saving efforts to Polk County citizens.
In May 2009, while on his way home from work, Deputy Fillie came upon an overturned vehicle on the side of the road. Deputy Fillie immediately stopped to render aid and quickly determined that there was a woman trapped inside the car. Without hesitation, he crawled inside the vehicle and made contact with the injured woman. Deputy Fillie then called 911, and assisted the victim by holding a spine immobilization splint on her. Shortly thereafter, Emergency Medical Technicians arrived and took over her care. Deputy Fillie remained on-scene with the woman’s family until a trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol arrived.
Several months later, in September 2009, Deputy Fillie observed an inmate in Alpha Dorm of the Central County Jail slumped on the floor next to the telephone bank located in the dayroom. It appeared that he was suffering from a seizure.
Deputy Fillie summoned assistance from the nurse and entered the dorm to assess the inmate’s well-being. He noticed the inmate’s skin was beginning to turn purple and that the inmate was not breathing. Deputy Fillie immediately rolled the inmate onto his back and began administering CPR – he checked the inmate’s airway for any blockage and, finding none, administered one rescue breath. The inmate then began breathing on his own. After medical personnel arrived, the inmate was transported to the Infirmary, where he made a full recovery.
Detention Deputy Phillip Fillie exemplifies the characteristics of a true professional. He gives selflessly to others in need, regardless of time, place, or situation. Deputy Fillie has proven to be dependable, loyal, and dedicated to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Polk County. For these exemplary traits, he is hereby named Detention Deputy of the Year 2009.