FCSO employees were also recognized at the FSEAT gala.
The second-annual Flagler County Sheriff’s gala raised over $76,000 for Flagler Sheriff’s Employee Assistance Trust, according to a press release.
Nearly 300 people gathered at the Hammock Beach Resort the evening of Saturday, Jan. 19, for the FSEAT gala.
A live auction raised an additional $12,150 for FSEAT. The auction included artwork, a day with the FCSO SWAT team, two ride-alongs with Sheriff Staly, a signed cowboy hat and a chance to ride in a Ferrari around the Daytona Speedway track.
“This community continues to impress me with their incredible generosity and the support they have shown for the men and women of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office through their donations and sponsorships,” Sheriff Staly said in the press release. “I want to personally thank all of the sponsors, attendees and to all who have contributed to FSEAT and making the second-annual Sheriff’s Gala a success. Thank you all.”
Sheriff Rick Staly also took the opportunity to recognize members of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, volunteers and citizens for outstanding service to the community in 2018. Staly presented the following awards:
2018 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year: Deputy Austin Chewning
“Deputy Austin Chewning consistently goes above and beyond in the performance of his duties, remaining proactive throughout his shifts by conducting traffic enforcement, making arrests and seizing narcotics,” the release states.
2018 Detention Deputy of the Year: Deputy Sheria Woods
“Detention Deputy Sheria Woods exhibited bravery beyond measure when she was involved in an altercation with an inmate on March 25, 2018. Deputy Woods stood her ground and engaged in an aggressive physical altercation in order to prevent this inmate from harming the nurse who was present. During the altercation, Deputy Woods radio was knocked off and she had to use her defensive tactics knowledge to gain control of the situation until she could call for assistance,” the release states.
2018 Civilian Employee of the Year: Kerri Henderson
“Police Athletic League Coordinator Kerri Henderson works tirelessly for the youth of Flagler County. She helped organize and run the National Night Out event and was instrumental in making it a success. Kerri also runs the McGruff Club with our youth. She teaches 45 children about safety as well as going to elementary schools with the SRD’s and talking about Stranger Danger to kindergarteners. Kerri is a reminder that with hard work and dedication, we can make a difference in our youths’ lives,” the release states.
2018 Volunteer of the Year: COP Angela Camit
“Angela Camit is an active member of the Citizens Observer Patrol. While on patrol, COP Camit reported to deputies that a man armed with a 20-inch knife was trying to gain entry into her vehicle. When that attempt failed, the man fled on foot. Instead of retreating, Camit followed the man and assisted deputies in locating him. Camit’s bravery and dedication to serving her community resulted in the quick arrest of this criminal,” the release states.
2018 Citizens of the Year: Anthony Butrym and Dawn Butrym
“Anthony and Dawn Butrym were the first volunteers to enter the search for missing and endangered juvenile Rickey Wheeler. Their participation in the structured volunteer search would prove to be significant when they discovered articles of Rickey’s clothing that would lead deputies to his location. Had it not been for this discovery, Rickey might not have survived,” the release states.
The purpose of FSEAT is to provide financial assistance to FCSO employees during a personal crisis, in support of a slain deputy’s family, and to recognize FCSO deputies killed in the line of duty.
The third-annual Sheriff’s Gala is scheduled for Jan. 18, 2020, at the Hammock Beach Resort. For more information on FSEAT or to make a tax-deductable donation, visit https://fseat.org.