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SUMMER 2013x|x The Newsletter of the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association
Tragedies Often Reveal True Heroes

As deputies and those who work with or support their efforts, we are never truly surprised by acts of selfless heroism. The reality of having a job that requires us to run toward danger instead of away from it serves as a constant reminder that those who serve in public safety are always just a moment away from the opportunity to demonstrate that selfless commitment to the greater good.

We are reminded of that commitment when we watch in horror as tragedies unfold on the national stage as they did in Boston and West, Texas, last month. Two very different events, but the same response from those sworn to serve and protect.  Read more...
2013 FDSA Members

Baker County SO
Bradford County SO
Citrus County SO
Clay County SO
Columbia County SO
Desoto County SO
Gilchrist County SO
Gulf County SO
Hamilton County SO
Hernando County SO
Highlands County SO
Lafayette County SO
Levy County SO
Madison County SO
Marion County SO
Martin County SO
Nassau County SO
Putnam County SO
Santa Rosa County SO
St. Johns County SO
St. Lucie County SO
Suwannee County SO
Taylor County SO
Wakulla County SO
Walton County SO
Washington County SO

FDSA Membership Provides Protection

The Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association offers financial protection and peace of mind for the law enforcement, corrections and support personnel of Florida Sheriffs’ Offices. Membership in FDSA provides valuable services chosen to meet the specialized needs of the law enforcement community.
Basic Membership is $25 per year and includes an Accidental Death & Dismemberment policy and a Survivor Benefits package to assist with child care and education costs.
Enhanced Membership offers additional security for members and their families for an additional $25 per month. It includes all benefits of the Basic Membership, plus Accident Disability Coverage and personal, family and job-related legal benefits. The Legal Benefits package includes wills, criminal and civil defense and termination hearing representation.
The Enhanced Membership level also offers Identity Theft Protection for members and their significant other for just $10 a month.
For more information on the benefits of FDSA membership visit our website.

Many Thanks to Our Newsletter Sponsor

FDSA a Leader in Animal Safety Education

Great news from the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association. On March 5-6, we hosted our first training seminar. This training was not only important because it was the FDSA’s first, but more so because of the topic. Deputy Sheriffs are the protectors in our communities. And one of the most important things we do is protect the ones who can’t protect themselves. So, for that reason we were excited to educate and increase awareness on animal cruelty cases.

Our course was titled “Tools for Successful Investigation and Prosecution of Crimes Against Animals.” In addition to a full eight hours of really great information, the FDSA gained some new partners in the animal refuge world. Read more...

Unprecedented Results in 'Operation Dry Spring'

The Florida Sheriffs Task Force, in conjunction with the Florida Sheriffs Association, conducted a five-week operation aimed at protecting youth in Florida. Operation Dry Spring focused on preventing underage youth from purchasing and using alcohol, tobacco and various forms of synthetic and illegal drugs. The operation, conducted from March 4 through April 7, resulted in 5,016 arrests across 37 counties.

The operation targeted underage youth in possession of alcohol, tobacco or synthetic drugs as well as businesses selling these substances to underage youth. Operation Dry Spring was timed to coincide with the Spring Break season, when many youth experiment with drugs and alcohol. Read more...

FDSA Joins FSA in Honoring Fallen Officers at Ceremony

The FDSA joined the Florida Sheriffs Association in honoring all 346 officers whose names are etched on the FSA Memorial Wall. FDSA Executive Director AJ Smith joined Attorney General Pam Bondi, FSA Executive Director Steve Casey, FSA President Sheriff Susan Benton and many Sheriffs and deputies from across the state at the FSA Memorial Wall to pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving their communities.

Law enforcement officers go to work every day and put their lives on the line to protect our rights and freedoms, and the month of May is dedicated to remembering all those who gave their lives in the line of duty – these officers made the ultimate sacrifice for Floridians and their communities. Read more...

Deputy Spotlight: Walton County's April Hantzis

Walton County Deputy April Hantzis never wanted to go into law enforcement. She just wanted to fly helicopters.

"When I went to flight school, one of my instructors recommended that I think about going into law enforcement," Hantzis said. "It’s funny because I swore that I’d never be in law enforcement, now I can’t get it out of my veins. I like helping people and I like being there for someone who can’t be there for themselves. Being able to assist people and make them feel safer -- that’s what makes my job great to me." Read more...

Why Support FDSA's Lend A Hand Program?

Because Florida Deputies and their families need peace of mind, knowing that they’ll have support in difficult times. What a great feeling to know you provided support to the same men and women who put their lives on the line for you every day! So please consider giving to this worthy cause - whether it is a little or a lot, your contribution matters. If we all work together, it will make a massive difference to the men and women who ask nothing of us yet serve and protect with integrity and selfless commitment! Email Kristina to donate now.

Keep Up With The FDSA

Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with important FDSA events and news. Have a story of your own to share with the FDSA? Email it to Kristina  and she will post it for you.

Protect Your Vision: 40% Discount on Maui Jim Sunglasses

In Florida, sunglasses are an essential part of the deputy’s uniform. And, just like your weapon or vest, your sunglasses should provide optimum protection, and it doesn’t hurt if they look good, too. That is why the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association has partnered with Maui Jim to offer FDSA members a 40-percent discount on its entire collection of premium polarized sunglasses. Read more...
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