Issue 192, August 13, 2023

Today we had our annual Public Safety Award ceremony. It was very well attended. While Sheriff TK Waters could not make the meeting to present the awards, former Sheriff and now Congressman John Rutherford gave the opening remarks and gave out the awards.

Here are this year’s SBMC Public Safety Officer recipients. Each recipient received the recognition of their peers, the SBMC members and guests plus a check of $500 from SBMC.
1. JFRD Captain Harry Hudgens – On April 24th, 2023, Paramedic Hudgens played a vital role in safely delivering twins, a boy and a girl. The baby girl had breathing issues, and the baby boy was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. Both babies and their mother overcome these challenges under Hudgens’ expert care.

2. JFRD Engineer Logan Lane – Responding to a downtown District 11 house fire on December 23rd, 2022, Lane showcased exceptional bravery. Despite heavy smoke and flames, he rescued Lieutenant Tyler Phillips, dislodged by water streams. Lane’s swift actions amid hazardous conditions saved Phillips’ life, earning him the JFRD Firefighter of the Year accolade.

3. JSO Police Officer Carl Witt – Honored as the 2022 Police Officer of the Year, Witt demonstrated remarkable attentiveness. His role in the real-time crime center supported the launch of the Connect Duval program. He proved pivotal in solving a shooting case through surveillance footage and witness interviews, even uncovering an armed sexual battery. Witt’s dedication and diligence earned him this prestigious recognition.

4. JSO Correctional Officer Reshawn Roberts – Transitioning into a police officer role, Roberts volunteered to respond to an assistance call in the jail in 2022. His proactive approach led to the discovery of contraband, including homemade weapons, cocaine, and a concealed metal object, during a thorough search of cells and inmates. Roberts’ dedication and vigilance earned him the Officer of the Year distinction.

Mike Best
2023 1st Vice President

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