Sworn Employee of the Second Quarter
Deputy Wayne Grandstaff was named Sworn Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2014. Deputy Grandstaff is a member of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), which was assigned to provide focused law enforcement during Spring Break 2014. From March 8 to April 17, 773 arrests and notices to appear were given. Of these, Deputy Grandstaff was responsible for 109 individual arrests for underage alcohol violations. Deputy Grandstaff was nominated by his supervisor, Sergeant Mark Wendell, who stated, “Wayne was extremely pro-active riding his department issued bicycle upon the streets, alley ways, and throughout neighborhoods in the south end of the county. Wayne’s community policing tactics were highly evident in his constant communicating with residents in neighborhoods, with managers of business establishments, tourist, vacationers and spring breakers upon the boardwalks.” Deputy Grandstaff also assisted in several other operations including monitoring suspicious activity at several businesses, working several shifts to supplement the WCSO Patrol Bureau and assisting Investigator Breezy Adkinson with the care of 5 horses seized by the agency. Deputy Grandstaff committed himself on and off duty to make sure all the animals were properly fed and cared for.
Non-Sworn Employee of the Quarter
Beth Robertson was named non-sworn employee of the quarter for the second quarter of 2014. Beth Robertson has been the victim advocate for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office since 2009. During the last month, Beth worked with 34 victims of domestic violence and 16 victims of child abuse. Not only did she help victims obtain domestic violence injunctions, but she attended court hearings with victims providing support to them. Beth volunteered on her time off at the Children’s Advocacy Center and was described by Lisa Cotton, as “amazing” and always goes the extra mile to assist all victims. Captain Chari Rivers stated, “Beth is an advocate for the vulnerable citizens of this county. She is an asset to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and deserves recognition for her continued excellence.”
Life Saving Medal
Deputy Trevor Howell was awarded the WCSO Life Saving Medal for his actions on May 25th, 2014 when responding to a medical assist at a residence in DeFuniak Springs. Upon arrival, Deputy Howell found an elderly male who was unconscious and not breathing. Deputy Howell began chest compressions and utilized his issued automatic defibulator. The man was revived at the scene and transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center. While on scene, paramedics advised Deputy Howell’s supervisor that the man would have died if it were not for Deputy Howell’s prompt actions.
Deputy Stephen Tector was also awarded the WCSO Life Saving Medal for his actions on February 16th, 2014, in response to a single vehicle traffic accident. While enroute, Deputy Tector was informed that the driver was not breathing and possibly deceased. Arriving on the scene, Deputy Tector found the driver slumped over in the driver seat with a faint pulse but not breathing. Due to the damage of the vehicle, the victim could not be stabilized properly nor could CPR be started. With the assistance of an Escambia County EMT, Matthew Lee, Deputy Tector took the victim out of the vehicle, stabilizing her neck and head and placing her on the ground. Deputy Tector held the victim’s head in place while Mr. Lee administered rescue breathing. The victim immediately gasped for air and began breathing on her own though remaining unconscious. Deputy Tector and Mr. Lee continued to monitor the victims breathing while stabilizing her head and neck until EMS arrived on scene.
Life Saving Medal – Civilian
Greg Brack, a volunteer for the athletic department at Walton High School, has received the WCSO Life Saving Medal for his prompt and selfless actions on March 3, 2014 at Walton County High School. On this day, 14-year-old Kole Bengston collapsed on the field during baseball practice. Mr. Brack immediately came to the aide of Kole giving rescue breaths and chest compressions. He continued with CPR for seven minutes until an athletic trainer came who assisted for an additional four minutes until EMS arrived. Kole was transported by ambulance to North Okaloosa Medical Center, then flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and later taken to Jacksonville, Florida where open-heart surgery was performed. Doctors stated that Kole would have died on the baseball field if not for the swift actions of Mr. Brack.