Friday, November 13, 2015

CCSO Honored At SAR Ceremony

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, center, accepts his Bronze Good Citizenship medal from SAR President President Michael Garey, left, and Secretary Acey Edgemon, a retired CCSO lieutenant. Photos by Cpl. Efrain Hernandez/CCSO (4)

Smoke was billowing from a house on 12th Avenue Northeast in Golden Gate Estates when Cpl. Sherry Anderson arrived shortly before midnight Nov. 4, 2014.

The first emergency responder on the scene, Cpl. Anderson grabbed a fire extinguisher from inside her patrol vehicle and ran toward the residence. As she entered the home a 5-year-old girl was trying to make her way out. Cpl. Anderson picked up the child and carried her outside to safety.

Cpl. Anderson ran back inside the house and found a 59-year-old man on the ground trying to put out the fire with a garden hose. She attempted to subdue the fire with her fire extinguisher, but the home was rapidly filling up with smoke.

She took the man’s arm to assist him in leaving, but he refused.  She stayed by his side and was eventually able to persuade him to leave the smoke-filled residence.

Cpl. Anderson’s act of courage earned her a medal for heroism Wednesday. She was one of 10 Collier County Sheriff’s Office members recognized for public service by the Naples Chapter of the Florida Society of the Sons of the American Revolution during a luncheon ceremony at the Longshore Lakes clubhouse.

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Chief of Community Engagement Stephanie Spell were awarded bronze Good Citizenship medals.

Detective Andrew Henchesmoore,  Civilian Investigator Marisol Schloendorn, Sgt. Robert Asbel, Cpl. Jesus Alonso, Cpl. James Hopkins, Cpl. Maria Raley, and Cpl. Jason Kammeraad were recognized for their participation in a sex trafficking investigation and mass arrest operation.

The two-year investigation,
from March 2013 to March 2015, resulted in the apprehension of 15 suspects for crimes relating to sex trafficking and the dismantling of the largest sex trafficking ring in Florida history.    
Law Enforcement Commendation for human trafficking investigation. From left: Secretary Edgemon, Civilian Investigator Marisol Schloendorn, Detective Andy Henchesmoore, Cpl. James Hopkins and Cpl. Jason Kammeraad.

Chief of Community Engagement Stephanie Spell accepts her Bronze Good Citizenship award.
Cpl. Sherry Anderson accepts her award for heroism.