Sheriff Rick Staly also awarded members of FCSO, volunteers and citizens for outstanding service to the community in 2017.
At the inaugural Flagler County Sheriff’s Gala, a net of $70,645.28 was raised to benefit the Flagler Sheriff’s Employee Assistance Trust, a nonprofit organization created to provide financial support and enhance the morale for the members of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and their families, according to a press release.
More than 200 guests attended the event on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Hammock Beach Resort.
Some of the top sponsors of the evening included the Honorary Consul of Portugal in Palm Coast Dr. Caesar DePaco, the Douglas Family, Palm Coast Ford and the Hammock Beach Resort. There was also a live auction for a Friday night ride-along with Sheriff Rick Staly. The recipient received a western hat autographed by Staly and a day for two to train and observe the FCSO SWAT team.
“I can’t thank the community enough for the support they have shown the men and women of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office tonight through their donations and sponsorships,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a press release. “I am personally moved by the generosity of our sponsors and to all who have contributed to FSEAT and making the First Annual Sheriff’s Gala a huge success. Thank you all.”
Staly also recognized members of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, volunteers and citizens for outstanding service to the community in 2017. To be eligible for deputy, sheriff or civilian of the year, the recipient must have been selected for employee of the month during 2017.
The awards were as follows:
Deputy Braxton Hall – 2017 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year
- Deputy Braxton Wall is a proactive and invaluable part of our Community Policing
Division. His instincts and training have prevented several potential crimes from
occurring in our community and his efforts have taken dangerous criminals off our streets
and made our community a safer place to live.
Deputy Brian Sheridan – 2017 Detention Deputy of the Year
- Deputy Brian Sheridan is a wonderful asset and a great example to the employees at the
detention facility. He displayed professionalism and integrity during a difficult situation
at the jail this past year. Deputy Sheridan is a true testament to our mission statement – an
honor to serve and a duty to protect.
Shannon Sandberg – 2017 Civilian of the Year
- Crime Analyst Shannon Sandberg has been instrumental in the success of dozens of
criminal investigations in 2017 and was instrumental for the success of CRIMEMAPS.
Shannon consistently demonstrates dedication, excellence and professionalism on a daily
Sonia Bryne – 2017 Volunteer of the Year
- COP Director Sonia Byrne consistently goes above and beyond anything you would ever
expect of a volunteer. In 2017, Sonia devoted over 2,500 hours to the Flagler County
Sheriff’s Office Citizen Observer Program. During the last 15 years, Sonia has
volunteered over 32,000 hours. Her dedication and support are very important to the
Ladena Rutland – 2017 Citizen of the Year
- Ms. Rutland rushed to the aid of two young boys who had been injured by exploding
fireworks, one of whom received life-altering injuries. She immediately drove them to a
nearby hospital while calling 9-1-1. She is recognized for her selfless act and being a Good
Samaritan by taking immediate action and getting them medical aid.