During an awards ceremony held this afternoon, Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr., recognized the following award winners.
Deputy Tammy Henderson was named Sworn Employee of the Year for 2014. On February 26th, Deputy Henderson responded to a DeFuniak Springs home for a welfare check and found the resident to be in need of basic necessities such as food and telephone service. Deputy Henderson was able to re-establish service with the telephone company and notified Adult Protective Services. Deputy Henderson purchased food for the resident to get them by until Adult Protective Services could intervene. She also purchased basic household necessities and food for his dog. Lead Communications Officer, Rhonda Roberson, who relayed the welfare check to Deputy Henderson stated “This is an unselfish act Deputy Henderson took upon herself to help an elderly man and she can take special pride in knowing that her efforts positively affect the quality of life in Walton County.” While on patrol, Deputy Henderson has made it a point to visit numerous times with the individual who is now receiving assistance from the Department of Children and Families.
Ryan McCormick was chosen as the 2014 Detention Deputy of the Year. McCormick’s supervisor, Sergeant John Moring describes Detention Deputy McCormick as a “key member of the team and is respected among his peers. His dedication to the jail knows no bounds and he has been instrumental in making sure the warrants division runs smoothly. McCormick shows a true passion for what he does, is always open to new challenges and without fail, always displays a positive work ethic.” McCormick is also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Communications Officer Sharon Bryan was selected as the Non-Sworn Employee of the Year for 2014. On October 30, 2014, Bryan answered a 911 call and heard a very faint “help me” over the phone. Bryan utilized her positron equipment to get the address and relay the location to deputies and paramedics. Hearing the caller gasp for breath, Bryan reassured the caller that help was on the way. Bryan’s supervisor, Lead Communications Officer Monica Webster stated, “Sharon remained calm and showed compassion in continually giving reassurance that help was coming. I believe, by Sharon staying on the phone during this time, she gave comfort to the caller and remained on the phone until paramedics were on scene assisting the patient.
The 2014 Volunteer of the Year award is going to two people, Don and Florence Allonge. Both are dedicated members to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Posse Unit and donate a significant amount of their time to help the citizens of Walton County. Don and Florence volunteer in a large number of ways such as directing school traffic, escorting funerals, community events and help supplement non-essential patrol duties. Posse Unit Supervisor, Deputy Harold Shover stated that “they have volunteered more than 4000 hours, saving tax payers thousands of dollars. Both work 6 days a week and oversee the maintenance and equipment for the Posse vehicle fleet. Their uniforms and appearance are above reproach and they set the standard for the Posse members to follow. Given Don’s prior law enforcement experience, fellow Posse members look to him for guidance to resolve issues and get advice on assignments. Florence also teaches other members of the unit computer skills. Don and Florence show a true love in all that they do for the Sheriff’s Office and they are always personal and professional.”