April 18, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
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
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.