Major Carol Maynard Honored at Garden Dedication

Major Carol Maynard Honored at Garden Dedication

On July 22, more than 100 people gathered at the BSO Child Protective Investigation Section (CPIS) building in Plantation to watch Sheriff Al Lamberti honor girl scouts from troops 67 and 1058 with the Girl Scout Silver Award. The girls achieved this honor by restoring the outside courtyard area at the CPIS building and donating toys and games for the children that CPIS serves. BSO Lt. Lisa Baker oversaw the project.

Following the awards, Sheriff Lamberti dedicated the newly renovated courtyard to BSO Major Carol Maynard, posthumously. Major Maynard was instrumental in creating CPIS when BSO took over abuse and neglect investigations from the Department of Children and Families. Major Maynard was a 23-year veteran of BSO. She passed away in December of last year.

The courtyard, complete with new benches, flowers, hedges, and more, will be used by CPIS personal to meet with families and children.

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BSO and FHP Team Up to Solve Crime

BSO and FHP Team Up to Solve Crime

Yesterday, BSO Commander Mike Calderin (center) of Broward Crime Stoppers, along with FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky (left), talked to the media about four unsolved fatal hit and run crashes from this year. Since January, a spike in hit-and-run accidents has caused FHP to appeal to the public for help in bringing justice to the victim’s families. Cmdr. Calderin urges the public to call Broward Crime Stoppers with any tips that might aide in FHP’s investigations.

FIRE DESTROYS SOUTHWEST RANCHES HOME

FIRE DESTROYS SOUTHWEST RANCHES HOME

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Capt. Ray Hoecherl watches for flare-ups following a late morning fire that destroyed a Southwest Ranches home. Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, a passerby called 9-1-1 to report heavy smoke and flames coming from the single family home at 5000 SW 195 Ter. When Broward Sheriff firefighters arrived, there was fire blowing out of the front windows and through the roof. Firefighters made entry, searched for possible victims and extinguished the blaze in about 30 minutes. The family was not home at the time of the blaze, and six dogs and two horses were all safe and accounted for. The Southwest Ranches Volunteer Fire Department also responded. Three firefighters were treated for minor injuries, one for burns and the other two for heat-related symptoms. The Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau and State Fire Marshal spent the afternoon combing through the debris looking for the cause of the fire. They took samples from the scene and sent them to the State Fire Marshal’s lab near Tallahassee for analysis. The cause remains under investigation. The American Red Cross was assisting the family with temporary shelter and needs.

Photo Credit: Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE SHOCKED MAN TRAPPED IN ATTIC

FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE SHOCKED MAN TRAPPED IN ATTIC

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Lt. Robert Sierra (left) and Battalion Chief Bob Strandell (right) inspect the area where a worker was shocked while working in the attic of a home Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. At 1:39 p.m. the 9-1-1 call was received and in less than three minutes, Broward Sheriff firefighters were on the scene. They immediately disconnected power to the house, then used saws and hand tools to open the ceiling and cut the rafters to free the unconscious victim from the confined space. The man was one of four workers in the single family house at the time of the incident. None of the other three workers, one of whom was identified as the victim’s brother, were injured. The 47-year-old victim was transported to North Broward Medical Center. BSO Air Rescue’s helicopter later transferred the victim to the Burn Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau contacted OSHA, who will continue the investigation. Broward County Building and Codes officials also responded to the scene and issued a stop work order on the property.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

Sheriff Al Lamberti Honors BSO's Fallen Heroes

Sheriff Al Lamberti Honors BSO's Fallen Heroes

During a memorial service on Thursday, Sheriff Al Lamberti and the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office paid tribute to Deputy Joseph Conte, Officer Scott Winters and Driver/Engineer Michael Douthitt.

Dep. Conte was ambushed and gunned down while escorting prisoners from the Broward County Jail to a medical office in Fort Lauderdale. One of the inmates – a man whose nickname was “Mad Dog” – had planned an escape. He got his girlfriend to hire a gunman, promising to pay him $15,000, which they did not have, and then he complained of a toothache. As Deputy Conte led the inmate from a detention van to the doctor’s office he was confronted by the gunman and was shot and killed.

Pompano Beach Police Officer Scott Winters was shot and killed July 29, 1990 during a struggle with a violent suspect. Officer Winters and his K9 partner, Baron, were assisting in the search for a man wanted for beating and raping a young girl. When Officer Winters located the suspect a violent struggle ensued and the suspect gained control of his service weapon. He was shot twice below his vest. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to death.

Driver/Engineer Michael Douthitt, a 23-year veteran, was assigned to Station 17 in West Park. In the early morning hours of July 2, 2007, Station 17 units responded to a working structure fire at 61 West Lake Dr. in Pembroke Park. After returning to the station, D/E Douthitt felt ill, went home and was subsequently hospitalized for a cardiac event. He was released from the hospital later that week. On July 13, 2007, while at home with his wife of 20 years, Ruth, he went into cardiac arrest. He later died at Wellington Regional Hospital in Palm Beach County.

Photo caption: Sheriff Al Lamberti presents flowers to the family of Driver/Engineer Michael Douthitt.