Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

(Southwest Ranches, FL) –  Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s Technical Rescue Team helps Brandy, a 22-year-old Appaloosa get back on her feet again Tuesday afternoon after her owner called for assistance. Leslie Kastner said that Brandy has a “blown out” right rear knee and sometimes has trouble getting up. The afternoon heat was also a concern and Kastner kept Brandy cool with water and cold towels while the rescue team responded to the 17400 block of SW 51 St. The team placed harnesses around the horse and utilized a lift to help Brandy get back on all fours. Kastner, also a Southwest Ranches Fire Lieutenant who specializes in large animal rescue and has trained with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue in rescuing horses, cows, and llamas from unusual situations.


Photo caption: Pictured from left to right are: Dep. Michael Spencer and Dep. Derrick Nesbitt, Main Jail Facility

One day in early May, among the influx of visitors to the Main Jail, one particular man caught the attention of Dep. Michael Spencer and Dep. Derrick Nesbitt. The two were assigned to the scanner and noticed the visitor was acting strangely. The deputies called the man over and asked him for identification. Claiming not to have any, the deputies ran a warrant check using his name and birth date. The search revealed the deputies’ suspicions were correct. The man had recently escaped from a DOC Work Release Center. He was subsequently arrested and booked into the Main Jail.

Dep. Michael Spencer and Dep. Derrick Nesbitt’s diligence and attention to detail assisted in the capture of a work release escapee. For this reason, they have received employee of the month honors.