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Every month we treat a military/law enforcement member & their family to dinner in appreciation of their service.
July Officer of the Month - Eric Nalewaik
August 23, 2017
Sergeant Eric Nalewaik is being recognized as July’s Deputy of the Month after responding to a plane crash near the Chico’s compound in Fort Myers and saving the pilot’s life.
He used his knowledge of the area to figure out the fastest way to enter the compound. He then assessed the situation quickly and ran to the wreckage, located the pilot and brought him to a safe location.
Due to Sergeant Nalewaik’s quick thinking, and complete disregard for his own safety, he was able to save the life of the pilot, who sustained serious, but not life threatening injuries.
Thank you for your service, Sergeant Eric Nalewaik! We salute you!
May Officer of the Month, Detective Frankie Pooser!
May 1, 2017
Detective Frankie Pooser was nominated as Deputy of the Month for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department due to his dedication and hard work. Detective Pooser worked effortlessly for many days on multiple burglary investigations during the month of May. His interview skills and investigative knowledge resulted in the capture of two prolific offenders that had been responsible for 17 conveyance burglaries and a grand theft auto. Detective Pooser was able to bring closure to the victims of these crimes and also to recover much of the property which had been stolen.
We salute you, Detective Frankie Pooser! Job well done!
January Officer of the Month - Detective Scott Hill
January 1, 2017
After noticing a woman and her small children asking for money early in the am, Detective Scott Hill took action. After a thorough investigation to make sure the children were in no harm, Hill with the holiday spirit in mind gave the children gifts and purchased the family a meal. He used about $100 of his own money and showed kindness and holiday spirit.
Thank you! Detective Scott Hill for your service, and enjoy a night out on us!
November Officer of the Month - Deputy Brad Weich
December 1, 2016
This month Deputy Brad Weich was awarded Officer of the month. He was honored by receiving a medal for his revival of an unconscious victim. He received the call that day that a school volunteer had collapsed, and was unconscious and unresponsive. Weich ran to his vehicle to retrieve his AED and started preforming CPR on the victim, with assistance from the school nurse. HE was revived briefly and conscious on the way to the hospital. Unfortunately, the victim passed away in the hospital later from surgical complications, but none the less Weich did give the victim some additional time with his family to say goodbye before his untimely death.
Thank you Deputy Brad Weich for your service, and enjoy a night out on us!
October Officer of the Month - Deputy Emili Kilmer
October 1, 2016
During a routine area check at a Wal-Mart, early on in the month of October, Deputy Kilmer found an 8 year-old boy, and is mother sleeping in a vehicle in the parking lot. They told Kilmer that they were homeless and slept in their car when they could not find anywhere to sleep. Deputy Kilmer took the time to call homeless shelter that allow children and was surprised to find out that they were full or did not except children. After the disheartening search for a shelter Kilmer gace the mother and daughter $100 to for provisions. Kilmer went the extra mile to help those down on their luck, without any hope of reward or recognition.
Thank you to Deputy Emili Kilmer for your generosity– and enjoy a night out on us!
September Officer of the Month - Detective Robert T. Smith
October 1, 2016
It all started last April 2016, when the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fire to a house. Luckily, no one was inside during the fire, and later it was deemed to be arson. In May of 2016 Detective Robert T. Smith was assigned to follow up the investigation. He found a possible suspect soon after that was linked to the tenant of the home. The suspect was acting strange the morning before the fire, and then the residence was set on fire and the suspect went missing. Then in July it was discovered that the suspect had fled to Panama to live with his father, but then in August his father was found murdered and dumped behind a gas station. The suspect then fled back to the United States, and tried to pawn a Rolex in Fort Myers. The jeweler denied it and contacted the authorities, which eventually led to the capture of the suspect Victor Crismatt Jr.
Thank you to Detective Smith for his phenomenal skills and persistence in solving the case – and enjoy a night out on us!
August Officer of the Month - John Colagiovanni
September 12, 2016
During the last week of August 2016 the older communities of North Fort Myers were being plagued by a series of burglaries, and theft of golf carts. During the next few days, Deputy Colagiovanni was conducting an area check and noticed suspicious activity involving several people on a golf cart towing another golf cart. He was able to call for additional units to respond and detain all suspects successfully. Due to his persistence, dedication, and knowledge of his surroundings, Deputy Colagiovanni was able to arrest all five suspects involved in the burglary of the Fort Myers homes.
Thank You, Deputy John Colagiavanni, and enjoy a night out on us!
July Officer of the Month, Lieutenant Jeffrey Trusal!
August 1, 2016
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding an armed robbery that occurred at a Wells Fargo Bank in North Fort Myers on July 12th. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of US money with a GPS tracker with the money. After the GPS tracker was activated the locations were disseminated via radio. Lieutenant Jeffrey Trusal was monitoring radio traffic and anticipated where the suspects planned to flee. Lieutenant Trusal shut down the intersection of Ortiz and Palm Beach Boulevard in an attempt to locate the suspects. Once making contact with the armed suspect, Lieutenant Trusal was able to negotiate the potential deadly situation without any use of force or harm to anyone involved and the public.
Thank you, Lieutenant Jeffrey Trusal! Enjoy a night on us!
June Officer of the Month, Deputy Timothy Teter!
July 1, 2016
Deputy Timothy Teter, Mied and K9 Unit Deputy Matthew Bonsall responded to an in progress occupied burglary in North Fort Myers. When arriving on the scene, they converged to the back of the house and located a male climbing out of the window armed with a knife. Deputy Teter gave the man commands to drop the knife and to step out of the window. The man complied and was arrested.
Thank you, Deputy Teter for keeping the residents of Lee County safe!
April Officer of the Month, Corporal Hunter!
May 1, 2016
In March, Corporal Hunter responded to a call in reference to a vehicle crash. Upon arrival to the scene, passengers located in a white SUV submerged in the lake adjacent from the intersection. Corporal Hunter entered the water in order to locate the passengers who were in need of his help. A male passenger was in the vehicle, still buckled in and unresponsive. Corporal Hunter cut the driver’s seat belt, freeing the man. He pulled the driver free and brought him to safety and started performing life saving measures.
Thank you, Corporal Hunter!
March Officer of the Month, Deputy Kevin Langley!
April 1, 2016
Deputy Kevin Langley responded to a medical call for service in North Fort Myers in reference to a 3 year old child not awake and not breathing. He arrived on scene before Emergency Medical Services and began life saving measures. Once EMS Paramedic, Lt. Watson arrived on the scene, Deputy Langley assisted in efforts to revive the child. Together they were able to regain a pulse and the child was transported to the hospital.
February Officer of the Month, Deputy Elschlager!
March 1, 2016
Deputy Elschlager was contacted by the principal of San Carlos Elementary School regarding a faculty member that had not shown up for work. Based on the conversation with the Principal and the overall history of punctuality and reliability of the teacher, Deputy Elschlager was concerned. He was able to obtain a home address and contact dispatch to have a zone deputy respond. Deputy Barrack responded immediately. Deputy Barrack was able to provide medical assistance to the teacher until paramedics arrived.
Deputy Elschlager took the principals complaint seriously and made a series of decisions that helped save the life of a San Carlos Elementary School teacher!
December Officer of the Month, Deputy First Class Jacob Lopez and Raider!
January 1, 2016
Deputy First Class Jacob Lopez and his loyal partner, Raider are assigned to the jail operations as part of a shakedown team that conducts random searches of inmates. The duo has intercepted a variety of drugs, contraband and weapons that were smuggled into the jail facilities.