BTB: St. Lucie Deputy Recognized for Finding Missing Seniors
Dec 3, 2019
Earlier this year, Deputy DeBlieck participated in a rescue call involving a senior lost on foot. The Deputy was off-duty at the time of the call but overheard the message on the radio and instantly stepped in to assist in the search. Deputy DeBlieck’s participation in the search was especially significant, as the Ft. Pierce Police Department received the first call and did not have a preventative program in place similar to Project LOST. The Deputy immediately changed into his gear and used a receiver that transmits wristbands emitting radio signals with a range of approximately one mile—fortunately, the senior received a wristband prior to the search. The Deputy headed towards a residence emitting a signal and searched a block until finding the lost senior in the back of an unknown vehicle.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Not only was Deputy DeBlieck off duty at the time of this critical search, he also helped another law enforcement agency rescue a senior woman who could have been seriously hurt or taken advantage of. Timing is so critical in these types of situations, and Deputy DeBlieck’s immediate reaction and expertise proved life-saving. Thank you, Deputy DeBlieck, for your thoroughness and constant dedication to the citizens you serve.”
Attorney General Moody presented the Back the Blue Award today at the Florida Cabinet meeting and surprised Deputy DeBlieck with the award while he was speaking about saving the senior to the Governor and fellow Cabinet members. Deputy DeBlieck has served SLCSO for 13 years and currently serves as the unit trainer for the K-9 unit.
To nominate a law enforcement officer, citizen or organization for a Back the Blue Award, please email Georgia.Pevy@MyFloridaLegal.com.
For more information about the Attorney General’s Back the Blue Award, click here.
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Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Back the Blue campaign highlights law enforcement officers, citizens and organizations taking extraordinary steps to forge positive relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Supporting law enforcement is a top priority for Attorney General Moody and the mission of Back the Blue is to commend Florida’s brave law enforcement officers and Floridians who back them.