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FCSO's Crista Rainey named Florida Sheriffs Association Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Rainey has been nominated for multiple awards after two successful life-saving events and an apprehension of a fugitive suspected of murder.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office's Crista Rainey has been named the Florida Sheriff’s Association's 2022 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Rainey has been nominated for multiple awards in the last year after she took part in two successful life-saving events and caught a fugitive felon suspected of murder.

"[Master Deputy] Rainey played a huge role in several life-saving incidents in 2021, including a suicidal juvenile attempting to jump from an overpass,"  Sheriff Rick Staly said, according to a news release. "She also had to overpower a violent felon attempting to grab his hidden firearm while being detained during a traffic stop. ... She exemplifies the role of a Florida deputy sheriff!”

Rainey became a law enforcement officer nine years ago and joined the FCSO's Community Policing Division in 2015 after working as a Flagler Beach Police Department patrol officer. 

FCSO employees have won several of the FSA's four major awards in recent years: Communications Specialist McKenzie Davis was the 2021 Dispatcher of the Year, and Detention Deputy First Class Paul Luciano was posthumously named the 2022 Corrections Officer of the Year. This year, Real Time Crime Center Supervisor Nikki North was runner-up for the Civilian of the Year award.


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