Date: April 18, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
American Legion Honors PCSO Members During Awards Ceremony

The following Polk County Sheriff's Office members were recognized by the American Legion, Post 8, during their annual Law and Order Awards Program and dinner in held in April:

PCSO Department of Detention Weekender Sgt. Gerald Dorman was named Correctional Officer of the Year. Sgt. Dorman has served the PCSO for over 13 years. Since his transfer to the Weekender Program as supervisor, he has performed at an unparalleled level. Under Sgt. Dorman's watchful eye, the weekender program saved the residents of Polk County over $426,000 last year by use of inmates to clean up local school grounds, lakefronts, county roads and numerous other projects. His ability to motivate his personnel and lead by example has earned him the respect of his subordinates, as well as those inmates assigned to the program.

PCSO Department of Law Enforcement Deputy Sheriff Sharon Rawson was named Deputy Sheriff of the Year. Deputy Rawson is noted for her response to an ammonia leak that occurred near a school last year. Rawson quickly notified the school principal and instructed him to keep the students inside the buildings for their protection. She also notified community leaders, encouraging them to spread the word to stay inside until the danger had passed. Upon hearing that a fellow deputy had been overcome by the fumes,
Deputy Rawson risked her own safety and helped her fellow deputy get to safety. Her altruistic acts demonstrated the highest ideals, values and traditions of service of the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

PCSO Reserve Deputy Sheriff Eddie Hurn was named Reserve Deputy Sheriff of the Year, and Cadet Jack Gunter was named Explorer of the Year.


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