Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Local Corrections Officer Receives "Top" State Honors

Left to right: Corporal Ris and Sheriff Ivey

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office is proud to announce that The Florida Sheriff’s Association has selected Corrections Deputy Corporal James “Jim” Ris of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office as the State of Florida's" Corrections Officer of the Year" for 2013.

This prestigious award recognizes Corporal Ris as the "Top" Correctional Officer in the State.

Corporal Ris is being honored for his extraordinary work for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on and off duty. The award was presented last night at the Florida Sheriff's Association Conference with all of Florida's Sheriffs in attendance.

Corporal Ris was recognized for an incident that occurred on May 14, 2012, where he and his bloodhound partners Buck and Gordito assisted in the search for a missing juvenile. The juvenile suffered from a medical condition and threatened to take her own life prior to her disappearance.  At one point it appeared the lengthy search for the child was yielding no results, but Corporal Ris refused to stop his search.

Other bloodhound K-9 handlers later arrived on scene and assisted in the search for the missing child. Corporal Ris’ persistence resulted in the safe recovery of the child and brought a peaceful end to a very stressful situation.

In the month of June 2012, Corporal Ris received the Sheriff's Office Corrections Deputy of the Month Award for another life-saving effort, relating to an incident that occurred on May 21, 2012.  During this incident Corporal Ris was responsible, along with three other Good Samaritans, in saving the life of a three year old, who had nearly drowned.

On September 4, 2012, Corporal Ris was presented with a Life Saving Award by Mayor Hal Rose of West Melbourne.

Corporal Ris was also recognized for his thoroughness inside the Jail Complex, which has resulted in several discoveries of contraband. The most recent recovery, which occurred on September 25, 2012, resulted in the recovery of “buck” or inmate created alcoholic beverage.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated, "I could not be more proud of Jim and his outstanding accomplishments that demonstrate his commitment to the protection of the citizens of Brevard County and to his amazing family. Jim's actions serve as a constant reminder of the incredible dedication and service the men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office provide to our citizens each and every day."

For additional information regarding this prestigious award, please contact Deputy Maria Fernez through the Sheriff's Office Communications Center at 321-633-7162.

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