| Press Release
June 18, 2007
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Tallahassee – During its recent Special Session, the Florida Senate honored the Department of Corrections’ Emergency Response and K-9 teams for recent National and Regional Championships, by adopting the attached resolution. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee).
“These dedicated professionals demonstrated their ability to respond quickly and effectively to a crisis,” said Department Secretary James McDonough. “The State of Florida is fortunate for their commitment and I am honored by them.”
The National Corrections and Law Enforcement Training and Technology Center Skills Competition was recently held in West Virginia. Gulf Correctional Institution’s Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) was awarded first place in the overall skills competition.
The National Champion Gulf Correctional CERT unit is composed of:
Lieutenant Michael Mashburn
Sergeant Trampus Gray
Sergeant David Swain
Sergeant Kevin Romer
Officer Kenneth Stephens
Officer Jeremey Cross
Officer Michael Pabis, Jr.
Officer Joseph Mastro
Lieutenant Mashburn also took fourth place individual honors in the Super S.W.A.T. Competition.
The Senate also honored the Century Correctional Institution K-9 Unit for its 2007 Southern States Manhunt Field Trials victory. Thirty one K-9 teams participated in the event and Century CI won first place in the Multiple Leash Competition.
The Regional Champion Century Correctional K-9 Unit is composed of:
Sergeant Burley Townson and Officer Jamie Sanders, along with their Beagles Ratchet, Sox, Tina and Turk.