Monday, November 7, 2011

Deputies Recognized For Fire Heroism

The Naples Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) honored six Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies for their courageous lifesaving efforts during a fire at the Goodlette Arms Apartments in East Naples in May.

Sgt. Richard Williams, Cpl. James Casey, Cpl. Anna Cohen, Cpl. David Leatherwood, Cpl. David Whitt, and Cpl. Kasey Wingo were awarded the Heroism Medal for risking their personal safety in order to help save the lives of others. Williams, Casey, Leatherwood and Wingo received their medals at a special ceremony during SAR’s monthly luncheon on Friday.

The six deputies arrived at Goodlette Arms just minutes after an early evening fire was dispatched. The deputies, without regard to personal safety, entered the four-story smoke-filled building to physically help countless mobility-challenged residents navigate the hallways and stairs, through the building’s ground-floor lobby, and safely outside. All this was accomplished without a single injury to any of the residents.

All six deputies were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital.

Investigations Chief Jim Williams was also presented with the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal by SAR President Charles Sweeney. Chief Williams was recognized for his extensive service to our country and dedication to the community.

Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk congratulated the deputies at the luncheon and spoke to the crowd about public safety within Collier County. The Sheriff also was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his continued efforts to keep the community safe.

Photos by Kristi Lester/CCSO (3)