From the Field

Deputies Shine in Hurricane Response

On October 10, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle, leaving an unprecedented path of destruction to homes, business and lives in its wake. For deputies throughout the region, particularly in Gulf, Bay, Franklin, Calhoun, Jackson, Washington, Liberty and Gadsden counties, it also meant fulfilling their duties as first responders while dealing with substantial personal loss and upheaval in many cases.

FDSA Continues to Serve its Members Through the Most Challenging Times

It has been a rough couple of months for law enforcement in Florida with the loss of three deputies in three weeks and a report of another line-of-duty death this morning as I am writing this column. It is a stark and challenging reminder of what it means to be a deputy and put on the star every day. There are no guarantees in this line of work, except that no matter what happens to you or your family, there are thousands of men and women who have your back – ready to step in and step up to do whatever is necessary.

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