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FORT LAUDERDALE – Volunteers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Human Resources department picked up 121 pounds of litter Thursday afternoon from a half-mile stretch of Northwest 2nd Avenue. The group will maintain the street, which is virtually in the back yard of the Public Safety Building, for the next two years with scheduled clean-ups at least four times a year. The effort was part of the county’s Adopt-a-Street program. Volunteers picked up bottles, paper and other litter. The county provided clean-up supplies and waste removal.

Photo caption: Volunteers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office pose with Sheriff Al Lamberti under a new sign on Northwest 2nd Street. Volunteers picked up 121 pounds of litter on the street Thursday

Memorial Ceremony

April 16, 2009

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Sheriff Al Lamberti and the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office honored the memories of Deputy Philip Billings; Town Marshal John Clifton; Deputy Worth Edwards; Officer James Thomas; Fire Rescue Lt. Mark Freeman and Fire Rescue Lt. Rick Scorgie during a ceremony held at the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building on April 16.

Sheriff Al Lamberti joined dozens of former New York Police and Fire Department and BSO employees Thursday morning to honor the memory of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day, hundreds were first responders from the NYPD, NYFD and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

“On Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters and 60 police officers died tragically.They were simply doing their job. To not pay respect to that, really, is a mistake,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “They knew they had a job to do, and that’s why they kept going back and going back and going back.”

The two-hour service in front of the Public Safety Building followed the timeline of the attacks. Throughout the service, bells tolled to note the times when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center, when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the south tower, when American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon, when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa. and when each tower collapsed.

Gerald R. Coffman of the FDNY United Firefighters Association, Broward County Division, presented a 70-pound piece of structural steel from the World Trade Center to BSO. That piece of metal will be installed permanently in the lobby of the Public Safety Building.

Gerald R. Coffman, vice president of the FDNY United Firefighters Association, Broward County Division, shakes hands with Sheriff Al Lamberti in front of the piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The metal piece, which Coffman presented to BSO, will be installed permanently in the Public Safety Building.

Hundreds of attendees heard Sheriff Al Lamberti speak during the Patriot Day Thursday in front of the Public Safety Building.

Hundreds of attendees heard Sheriff Al Lamberti speak during the Patriot Day Thursday in front of the Public Safety Building.

Gerald R. Coffman, vice president of the FDNY United Firefighters Association, Broward County Division, shakes hands with Sheriff Al Lamberti in front of the piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The metal piece, which Coffman presented to BSO, will be installed permanently in the Public Safety Building.

The members of the Broward Sheriff’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 32 collected funds to donate to Mr. Mark Spradley. Spradley is the good Samaritan who helped law enforcement capture Deputy Paul Rein’s killer. The members wanted to show their appreciation for his actions so they took up a collection and along with Sheriff Al Lamberti presented Spradley with a check for $500 and a certificate of appreciation.

Photographed (from l. to r.) are: Ron Cavanaugh, Ct. Dep. Joseph Safonte (FOP Lodge 32 President); Mark Spradley, Chief John Palmer and Sheriff Al Lamberti.

SHERIFF LAMBERTI RECOGNIZES 94-YEAR-OLD VOLUNTEER

Just by looking at her, it’s hard to believe that 94-year-old Dorothy Whitehouse was once a crime-fighting Citizen on Patrol (COP) with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. But yesterday, her legacy was re-lived during a surprise birthday party hosted by Sheriff Al Lamberti.  Dorothy was a COP years ago when Sheriff Lamberti worked in the Deerfield Beach district. She became a COP volunteer at the age of 85.

“This is the best birthday ever,” Dorothy exclaimed after being surprised with a cake and flowers from the Sheriff.

Dorothy started as a COP in 1995, after a vandal broke a window at her Deerfield Beach home. She worked for five years patrolling her neighborhood, working the front desk at the BSO district office and assisting with community functions.

In fact, Dorothy has spent most of her life helping others. She is a retired registered nurse, has volunteered with the blind, physically and mentally handicapped, with girls in juvenile detention centers and halfway houses and at the Humane Society.

“It’s an honor to recognize Dorothy Whitehouse as she celebrates her 94th birthday,” said Sheriff Lamberti. “She has spent years helping others and making our community a better place to live.”

THESE TWO DEPUTIES SAVED MY LIFE

(Cooper City, FL) – Jamal Hack, 61, (center) reaches out to thank Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Doug Lashbrook (left) and George McCord (right) for saving his life.

On May 6th, exactly three weeks to the day, Mr. Hack was discovered on the side of the road by a passing car. The unidentified motorist found Dep. Doug Lashbrook conducting traffic enforcement in the 5100 block of SW 106 Ave. The motorist told Lashbrook there was a person lying on the sidewalk up the street. Dep. Lashbrook radioed in and headed towards the 5800 block of SW 106 Av. Hearing the call, Dep. George McCord, a CPR/AED instructor who recently returned to road patrol after five years in the training unit, also responded. Dep. Lashbrook arrived on scene and found Mr. Hack unconscious and unresponsive on the east side of SW 106 Ave. He did not have a pulse, so Lashbrook started CPR while McCord arrived with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). McCord hooked the patient up to the AED and delivered a shock to the patient, successfully restarting the man’s stopped heart.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units from Cooper City Station #28 responded and continued the resuscitation efforts. Mr. Hack was attempting to breathe on his own as he was transported to Memorial Hospital Pembroke, where induced hypothermia, a process to cool the patient to prevent brain damage common with heart attack victims was instituted. Mr. Hack was later transferred to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood where he underwent additional life-saving cardiac procedures.

(ADDITIONAL CAPTION INFO): Seated in the second row (L to R): Interim City Mgr. Bruce Loucks, Commissioner Neal deJesus, BSO District Chief John Hale, Dist. Fire Chief Mike Campbell, Dep. Fire Chief Todd LeDuc, Dr. Narendra Upadhyaya, from Memorial Hospital Pembroke who treated Mr. Hack.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

BSO SCHOOL RESOURCE DEPUTY FINALIST FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AWARD

(Davie, FL) – Broward Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy Victor Thompson was chosen as a finalist for the Broward County Charles Bingham School Resource Officer of the Year Award.  He was presented with this honor at the Annual Special Investigative Unit/School Resource Officers’ Appreciation Breakfast held on Wednesday, May 7, at the Signature Grand.  Deputy Thompson is the school resource deputy for Collins Elementary and Dania Elementary Schools.  His many accomplishments include creating the Boys Today Men Tomorrow mentoring program and the Holiday Reading Challenge, a program that encourages children to read. Over 10,000 books were read by the students.  Deputy Thompson is known for his dedication, professionalism and for making a difference in the lives of children.   In addition to being a finalist for the Broward County Charles Bingham School Resource Officer Award, Deputy Thompson was the recipient of the Broward Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year Award in 2007.

Pictured, left to right: BSO Sheriff Al Lamberti; Mr. Lincoln Pasteur, Principal  Collins Elementary School; Mrs. Donna Patton, Principal Dania Elementary School; Sgt. Mike Natiello, BSO Youth Intervention & Enforcement Division; Mrs. Anne Bingham, wife of the late Charles Bingham; Deputy Victor Thompson, SRO Award Finalist and BSO School Resource Deputy for Collins Elementary and Dania Elementary Schools; and Mr. James Notter, Broward County School Superintendent.

Photo by Broward Sheriff’s Office