The CCSO conducted our Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Green Cove Springs.
Awards covered nominations from 2014 and included the CCSO Administration Civilian of the Year, CCSO Detention Bureau Deputy of the Year, CCSO Operations Bureau Civilian of the Year, Operations Bureau Deputy of the Year and the Sheriff J.P. Hall, Sr Memorial Law Enforcement Award.
Thank you for your interest in these awards and in the good work done by our members. View a video of the ceremony on our agency YouTube site.
- Administration Bureau Civilian of the Year Public Safety Telecommunicator Charlotte Wertz
- Detention Deputy of the Year Nicole Mosley
- Operations Bureau Civilian of the Year Shelby Burzynski
- Operations Bureau Deputy of the Year Gary Lavaron
- 2014 Sheriff J.P. Hall Sr. Memorial Law Enforcement Award, Deputy Chris Mobley
In addition to the announcement of the annual awards for 2014, the department also presented special Life-Saver pins to members of the agency whose actions in 2014 saved a person’s life. The agency’s Life-Saver pin will be worn on each member’s uniform in recognition of his/her heroic actions to save another.
- Phil McCurdy
- Brian Curry
- Eric Twisdale
- Gary Ehrenfeld
- Eddie Eisenhauer
- Eliseo Adams
- Nicole Mosley
- Brian Simcich
- Adam Graff
- Ray Kittles
- Michael Mason
Administration Bureau Civilian of the Year
In October of 2014 our Communications Center received several 9-1-1 calls from an elderly woman who lives alone concerning her telephone not working properly. She told the call taker that the phone would only make out-going calls to 911. During the conversations, the call takers noted that the woman seemed confused and dispatched a deputy to check on the woman’s well-being. It was determined that the elderly woman was behind on the phone bill and the service was shut off. Therefore, she could only make an emergency call. The deputy gave the woman all of the information for the Sheriff’s Office “Elder Watch” Program. In order to utilize this service, the person must have active phone service. In early November Public Safety Telecommunicator Charlotte Wertz paid the past due phone bill with personal funds so the elderly woman’s service could be restored and she could be included in the watch program. Wertz went above and beyond the call of duty with this act of kindness and generosity. She personifies the Sheriff’s Office core value of Caring. For this reason, Charlotte Wertz is our agency’s 2014 Administration Bureau Civilian of the Year.
Detention Bureau Deputy of the Year
On the morning of November 5, 2014 Detention Deputy Sharon Smith was eating her breakfast before starting her shift. As she was enjoying her meal, a piece of food became lodged in her throat causing her to choke. Detention Deputy Nicole Mosley was conducting her morning duties when she noticed Deputy Smith in distress. Deputy Mosley assessed the situation and took immediate action calling for assistance and performing the Heimlich maneuver. She was able to quickly dislodge the obstruction, clearing Deputy Smith’s airway allowing her to breath. Deputy Nicole Mosley is commended for her quick thinking and ability to conduct herself professionally while under pressure. She personifies our core value of caring. For actions that saved the life of a fellow CCSO member, Court Security Deputy Nicole Mosley has been named the 2014 Detention Bureau Deputy of the Year.
Operations Bureau Civilian of the Year
In May of 2014 Robbery-Homicide Section members responded to a call involving a missing 12 year old. The child was bipolar as well as ADHD. Sergeant Steve Molina responded and began to assign duties and tasks to patrol deputies and detectives at the scene, as personnel began to search. During this time Shelby Burzynski, the Robbery-Homicide Staff Assistant, was aware of the situation. While not tasked as part of the operation, she began researching previous reports involving the victim. She informed Sergeant Molina of details she discovered identifying search areas. After completing that research, she stepped in to assist by quickly obtaining all of the necessary files for personnel to contact Sexual Offenders and Predators in the area and getting the information to detectives in the field. The juvenile was located unharmed and subsequently Baker Acted. In June of 2014, the Robbery-Homicide Section responded to an Armed Robbery that involved a suspect shot by responding Orange Park Police Officers after a pursuit. Burzynski proactively researched the suspect. Her unsolicited efforts assisted in confirming the suspect’s identity. Staff Assistant Shelby Burzynski takes pride in being part of the Robbery-Homicide Section. She is the ultimate team player and always seeks out opportunities to assist others. She often works above and beyond her assigned duties when assisting detectives in the field. For her “can do” attitude and team work, Shelby Burzynski is our agency’s 2014 Operations Bureau Civilian of the Year.
Operations Bureau Deputy of the Year
In late 2013, Detective Gary Lavaron received information about a Clay County resident who was trafficking large amounts of cocaine to our county from Miami. Lavaron began an extensive investigation that involved, prolonged surveillance, vehicle tracking orders, phone pings, suspect asset research and more. Lavaron confirmed that the main suspect purchased multiple valuable vehicles including trucks, travel-trailers, motorcycles, Hummers and more. In addition to using these vehicles to conduct the trafficking, another involved suspect also used rental cars to travel to and from Miami. In April of 2014, Lavaron lead a team of detectives in surveillance of that suspect that resulted in a traffic stop for speeding being made in our county as the suspect reentered following a trip to Miami. K9 Casey was deployed and a search of the vehicle revealed nearly three (3) pounds of cocaine. Meanwhile, a traffic stop conducted on the main suspect – who had a suspended license. Both suspects ultimately confessed to their roles in trafficking cocaine to our county. The suspects admitted that assets and contraband worth an estimated value of $165,000 were proceeds of their illegal drug activity. All assets were signed over to our agency. In addition, information obtained during this investigation lead to an arrest of another subject related to marijuana cultivation also in 2014. Detective Lavaron exhibited true leadership and law enforcement excellence while conducting this investigation and while leading the team effort that garnered the amazing results described here. Detective Gary Lavaron is the 2014 Operations Bureau Deputy of the Year.
* Lavaron has since been promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Sheriff J.P. Hall, Sr Memorial Law Enforcement Award
In January 2014 Deputy Chris Mobley took the lead on a case involving a suspect who was receiving drugs via the U.S. Postal Service. Mobley implemented a parcel watch in conjunction with the Postal Inspector and made arrangements for a K9 Unit to respond to the post office which resulted in a positive alert on the package. Deputy Mobley worked with the Postal Inspector to obtain a federal search warrant and, upon examination; the package contained a half-pound of marijuana. Mobley then developed an operational plan that included a search by warrant of the suspect’s residence where a sawed-off shotgun was recovered. The suspect and his accomplice were arrested. For excellence in police work, Deputy Chris Mobley was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Sheriff J.P. Hall Sr Memorial Law Enforcement Award