Polk County Police Chiefs Association Presents Annual Awards
On Friday, January 15, 2015, at the associations’ annual meeting and awards program, the Polk County Police Chiefs Association (PCPCA) presented the following awards:
· 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; large agency: Lakeland Police Officers Trent Butler and David Guptill
· 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; small agency: Sergeant Bryan Dorman, Bartow Police Department
· 2014 Distinguished Service Award; large agency: Detective Barry Schnable, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
· 2014 Distinguished Service Award; small agency: Lake Wales Police Officers Andrew Brown, Whitney Dukes, Jonathan Fletcher, Jacob Lang, and Edward Palmer
· 2014 Legislator of the year award: Senator Denise Grimsley
2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; large agency: Lakeland Police Officers Trent Butler and David Guptill
On October 27, 2014, Officer Trent Butler and Officer David Guptill were dispatched to an address on West Walnut Street in reference to a possible prowler. Within seconds of receiving the first dispatch, the status of the situation was updated that the person was crawling and asking for help. Before Officer Butler and Officer Guptill could arrive on scene they were advised that the person had fallen into a pool and was drowning.
Upon Officer Butler and Officer Guptill’s arrival, the caller advised that the subject had been under water for approximately five minutes. Officer Butler and Officer Guptill located the man face down in the pool and motionless. They reached into the pool and pulled him out of the water, laid him on the ground and began CPR. While one officer performed chest compressions, the other officer used the head tilt chin lift to clear the subject’s airway. While awaiting the arrival of the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) both officers traded their CPR roles several times due to fatigue, however, they never gave up.
Upon arrival of an additional officer with an AED, the device was attached to the subject and it read no pulse and advised not to apply shock—at this point the victim had no pulse and was not breathing. The two continued CPR.
Upon arrival of the LFD, Officer Butler and Officer Guptill, were asked to continue their CPR efforts while LFD prepared the necessary equipment to take over the situation. It was then that the subject’s pulse returned and he began trying to breathe on his own. LFD immediately placed the subject on a stretcher and transported him to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
The LFD supervisor on the scene said that he had never seen CPR performed so well in his entire career. The supervisor also said that the actions performed by Office Butler and Officer Guptill unquestionably saved the man’s life.
2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; small agency: Sergeant Bryan Dorman, Bartow Police Department
On July 4, 2014, Sergeant Bryan Dorman of the Bartow Police Department responded to a call for service in which a man was preparing to jump off of the bridge at the Highway 17 Overpass in Bartow. The bridge is approximately 40 feet above ground and passes over the extremely busy Highway 60 as well as a set of railroad tracks.
Upon Sergeant Dorman’s arrival, he observed the man on the west side of the bridge on the concrete ledge getting ready to jump. Sergeant Dorman made contact with him and began to talk to him. The very distraught man stated several times that he was going to jump. Sergeant Dorman was able to maintain his composure and keep a productive dialogue with the man.
The man’s pastor arrived on the scene to provide assistance. After approximately an hour of dialog, Sergeant Dorman and the pastor convinced the man to climb back onto the bridge. He was then taken into custody without further incident.
Had Sergeant Dorman not been on the scene that night, and taken the actions that he did, a man could have killed himself or hurt an innocent unsuspecting driver(s) below the bridge. Sergeant Dorman’s care and compassion likely resulted in saving a person’s life.
2014 Distinguished Service Award; large agency: Detective Barry Schnable, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Barry Schnable was tasked with investigating an alleged sexual abuse of two girls under the age of twelve. One of the victims revealed to Detective Schnable facts regarding her abuse that had occurred over several years. In a subsequent recorded conversation, the suspect made admissions of sexually abusing the two victims and asked one of the victims to tell authorities that nothing had occurred. Schnable developed probable cause for a warrant charging the suspect with two counts of capital sexual battery and the distribution of obscene materials to a minor.
The suspect fled Polk County to avoid arrest. Detective Schnable contacted the U.S. Marshals Task Force and asked for their assistance in the apprehension of the suspect. On March 19, 2014, the suspect was located in another state and arrested. Detective Schnable traveled to where the suspect was in custody and obtained admissions from the suspect of his heinous criminal actions.
Detective Schnable’s subsequent work on this case resulted in nine search warrants related to downloading child pornography. These search warrants resulted in the arrests of two roommates, one a registered nurse for the Department of Health and another the Director of Music at a Lakeland church. Resulting from these two arrests, Detective Schnable conducted an additional investigation which resulted in another arrest of a suspect for sexually battering two young boys on several occasions.
Because of Detective Schnable’s hard work and persistence five men have been held accountable for their sexual exploitation of children.
2014 Distinguished Service Award; small agency: Lake Wales Police Officers Andrew Brown, Whitney Dukes, Jonathan Fletcher, Jacob Lang, and Edward Palmer
On November 14, 2014, Officer Andrew Brown, Officer Whitney Dukes, Officer Jonathan Fletcher, Officer Jacob Lang, and Officer Edward Palmer were working a special detail at a district playoff football game in Lake Wales, Florida.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., a 75-year old Dover, Florida, attending the football game stadium unexpectedly collapsed.
Working as a team, the officers quickly assessed the unresponsive man and determined he had no pulse and was not breathing. They quickly summoned Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and began performing CPR. While officers were preforming CPR on the patient, one of the officers ran to his patrol vehicle and retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Upon the arrival of the AED the officers stopped performing CPR and hooked up the patient to the AED. The AED indicated to shock the patient. Once the shock was administered the patient’s heart began beating on its own and he regained consciousness.
Upon the arrival of EMS the patient was transported to the hospital where he was described as extremely thankful for the heroic actions of all of the officers and was in good spirits.
The quick response, teamwork, and dedication of Officer Brown, Officer Dukes, Officer Fletcher, Officer Lang, and Officer Palmer ultimately saved the life of a 75-year old grandfather that night. Their actions allowed a man and his family to celebrate his life during the holidays rather than grieve his death.
2014 Legislator of the year award: Senator Denise Grimsley
Senator Denise Grimsley is a strong advocate for Public Safety and has been a leader in the Florida Legislature to ensure that Law Enforcement and public safety professionals have the resources and support necessary to keep our citizens safe. Senator Grimsley has a stellar record of working with law enforcement for the good of our citizens and officers. Senator Grimsley has worked very hard to help secure more than $27 million to build Polk State College’s Center for Public Safety - currently under construction in Winter Haven. Her work on this project started in the Florida House of Representatives as the Chair of the Appropriations Committee in 2010. She continued her unwavering support as a member on the Senate Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee during the past session. As a result of her leadership and commitment, the members of the Public Safety community within this region will receive world class training in a state of the art facility that will better equip them to serve our citizens.
2014 Partnership Award: Dr. Eileen Holden, President of Polk State College
Dr. Eileen Holden is a lifelong educator who is committed to “world class education.” She is a dynamic leader who has made a positive impact on our community. Dr. Holden is the fourth President of Polk State College and has served in that capacity since 2006. Under her leadership Polk State College has experienced unprecedented growth. She has been an outspoken advocate supporting professional policing and first responders. Under her direction one of the first Bachelor of Science degrees offered at Polk State College was in Criminal Justice. Dr. Holden has demonstrated her commitment to high quality professional policing by effectively pursuing multiple partnerships and funding to make the Polk State College’s Center for Public Safety a reality.
Sent on behalf of:
Police Chief Larry Holden, Davenport Police Department
President, Polk County Police Chiefs Association
Chief Larry Holden (Davenport), President
Chief Lyle Jagniszak (Lake Hamilton), Vice President
Major Paul Baggett (Polk County Sheriff’s Office), Secretary / Treasurer
Chief Chris Nelson, Auburndale
Chief Art Bodenheimer, Lake Alfred
Public Safety Director Rick Sloan, Haines City
Deputy County Manager Gary Hester, retired Police Chief, Winter Haven
Chief Ed Freeman, retired Police Chief, Lake Hamilton