CONGRESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 73
(Extensions of Remarks - May 03, 2019)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E536-E537]
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                           HON. VERN BUCHANAN

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                          Friday, May 3, 2019

  Mr. BUCHANAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to law 
enforcement men and women who have provided distinctive service to the 
people of Florida's 16th Congressional District.
  Law enforcement is a demanding profession that requires sacrifice, 
courage and a dedication to serve others. Every day, brave men and 
women put themselves in harm's way to enforce the laws of our society 
and protect public safety. They deserve our gratitude and respect.
  Eight years ago, I established the 16th District Congressional Law 
Enforcement Awards, CLEA, to give special recognition to law 
enforcement officers, departments, or units for exceptional 
  This year, I will present congressional law enforcement awards to the 
following winners chosen by an independent panel comprised of current 
and retired law enforcement personnel representing across-section of 
the district's law enforcement community:
  Dedication and Professionalism Award: Detective Ben Lubrano, 
Lieutenant Arlene Tracy, Sergeant Ivan Nelson of the Sarasota County 
Sheriff's Office, Sergeant Brian Hall and Officer Michael Walker of 
Holmes Beach Police Department, Officer Patrick Mahoney of the 
Bradenton Police Department and Lieutenant Mark Morie of the Manatee 
County Sheriff's Office.
  Career Service Award: Sergeant John Negron of the Bradenton Police 
Department, Detective Anthony DeFrancisco of the Sarasota Police 
Department, Detective Derek Pollock of the Manatee County Sheriff's 
Department and Sergeant Todd Bergman and Corporal Kimber Benavidez of 
the Florida Highway Patrol.
  Preservation of Life Award: Mr. Harry Mofield (civilian) nominated by 
Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Sergeant Rob Hendrickson of the 
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
  Unit Citation Award: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit: 
Lieutenant Chris Montalbano, Sergeant Scott Huber, Sergeant Rob 
Jovanovski, Detective Eric Griffin, Detective Lyle Kennedy, Detective 
Ralph Manzano, Detective Michele Pufnock, Detective Jason Smith, 
Detective Erica Dawson, Detective Mark Eve, Detective Chandler Hartman, 
Detective Dominic Makowiecki, Detective Kyle Pfender, Detective Adam 
Shaw, Detective Brian Keane, Detective Ronald Koenig, Crime Analyst 
Natalie Johnson-Mayer.
  Bradenton Police Department Social Media Group: Captain Brian Thiers, 
Rose Hedberg, Emily Bibb, and Detective Frank Coleman.
  Sarasota Police Department's SWAT Unit: Lieutenant Kenneth Rainey II, 
Lieutenant Michael Schwieterman, Sergeant Jeffery Ball, Sergeant Tyler 
Rossnagle, Sergeant Dwayne

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Shellhammer, Officer Helios Blanco, Officer Kevin Campbell, Officer 
Sean Carter, Detective Patrick Comac, Officer Terry Crenshaw, Officer 
Nicholas Dominis, Detective Dustin Luciano, Detective Gary McDowell, 
Officer Jacob Nelson, Officer Michael Schultz, Officer Michael Skinner, 
Officer George Terris II, Officer Jonathan Misiewicz.
  Sarasota Police Department's Crisis Negotiation Team: Sergeant Tammy 
Featherstone, Officer Luis Paris, Officer Michael Dreznin, Officer 
Matthew Grochowski, and Officer Aaron Stoll.
  Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award: Corporal Angel Uruchima and 
Officer Madison Peters of Palmetto Police Department, Sergeant Orval 
Walker, Deputy Jeffery Cowling, Deputy Gerrod Huff, Deputy Kenneth 
Jewett, and Deputy Rodney Norris, Deputy Richard Young, Deputy Krystal 
Carpenter and Deputy Peter Papas of the Manatee County Sheriff's