Date: May 8, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 or 819-1856 pager
Sheriff's Office To Honor Fallen Heroes At Annual Awards Ceremony

News media representatives are invited to attend the annual Polk County Sheriff's Office Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday,
May 9, 2002, at Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven.  Deputy Sheriff Gene "Brian" Wilkinson and Deputy Sheriff Larry Rhoden, who were
killed in the line of duty on October 22, 2001, will be posthumously awarded Sheriff's Citations, which are the highest citations awarded by the Sheriff's Office.  Scheduled to receive these awards are the deputies' wives, Mrs. Tamara Rhoden and Mrs. Amy Wilkinson, and their families. 

The Detention Deputy, Deputy Sheriff, and Civilian of the Year for 2001 will also be among the many other Sheriff's Office members who will be recognized for their exemplary acts and meritorious service in the previous year.

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Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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