Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-4-25

Date: April 30, 2019

Broward Sheriff’s Office 2018 Annual Awards Ceremony
1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019
Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill

On Thursday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office will celebrate its employees, community partners and citizens whose feats helped others in need.

Among the honorees at BSO’s annual awards ceremony will be the three civilians who jumped into a lake to rescue an 84-year-old woman and the traffic homicide detectives who helped a restaurant patron who had food lodged in her throat. The 10 Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue personnel who helped a Dania Beach man suffering from a heart attack will also receive accolades.

In addition to recognizing lifesaving acts, Sheriff Gregory Tony will acknowledge the dedication of BSO employees like Lieutenant Robert Manfre who served 52½ years in law enforcement before retiring on April 26 and members of BSO’s Quick Response Force who went to Panama City in the days after Hurricane Michael to provide additional law enforcement support. The awards aren’t exclusively for humans. BSO bloodhound Macie will receive a certificate along with her handler, Deputy Kelli Covet, for their work in locating an endangered person.

During the May 2 ceremony at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, honors will additionally be given to the deputies of the year, detective of the year, field training deputy of the year, fire rescue and emergency services employee of the year, civilian employees of the year, citizen of the year and units of the year. Sheriff Tony will also issue awards for public safety special operations, exceptional service, the Grand Cordon Unit Achievement, commendation and special recognition.

MEDIA NOTE: Reporters interested in covering the ceremony should notify BSO’s Public Information Office by 4 p.m. May 1, 2019.

Joy Oglesby/PIO