Members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue personnel were recently recognized for their efforts to make our community an even better place than it already is.
Top Cop receives humanitarian award
Earlier this week, Space Coast Daily reported Brevard County’s top cop, Sheriff Wayne Ivey, was presented with the 2015 Central Brevard Humane Society’s “Richard H. Stottler Jr. Humanitarian Award” at the 4th annual Tuxes and Tails Gala. Sheriff Ivey accepted the award on behalf of the entire Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in recognition of their dedication and commitment to the support of homeless animals.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office runs a program called Paws & Stripes that pairs detainees up with shelter dogs that are at risk of being euthanized.
The detainees and dogs receive training and can earn certifications at the end of each eight-week course. The certifications enable the detainees to pursue careers in pet care related fields later on.
Paws & Stripes dogs receive Canine Good Citizen certifications, which help them find permanent homes. Over 200 Paws & Stripes dogs have graduated from the program. They are adoptable through Brevard County humane societies and adoption centers.
Brevard County first responders are the best in the state
Brevard County’s first responders don’t save lives to make headlines or win awards, but they recently received some well-deserved recognition. This week, Florida Today reported that the Emergency Medical Services Division of Brevard County Fire Rescue received the state of Florida’s 2015 Emergency Medical Service Provider of the Year Award.
According to the article, Brevard County Fire Rescue's 450 EMS personnel transport 46,000 patients a year and often go above and beyond to ensure patient comfort and care. In addition to traditional services, EMS personnel have adopted two programs that improve the care they provide to Brevard County residents, Vials for Life and the SuperUser Program.
The commitment to our county’s dog population runs deep in both services. Florida Today reported that Brevard County EMS personnel carry pet oxygen masks on all their vehicles so that they can provide life saving measures to animals they rescue from fires.
It’s easy to see why they were named the top performers in the state.