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November 4, 2003

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Okaloosa County Deputy Lenny Holloway is one of four runners-up in a major statewide Law Enforcement Officer of the Year program.

The Florida Retail Federation is recognizing Deputy Holloway for his outstanding effort and dedication to every task placed before him. Deputy Holloway has created a special bond with the citizens on his beat, as well as peers and supervisors. His innate people skills helped him successfully resolve many calls, including one involving a mentally ill person wielding a 16-inch butcher knife and another in which a man with a gun was threatening to kill himself and a hostage. During 2002, Deputy Holloway responded to more than 1,800 calls for service. His supervisors say "he strives to treat every person he meets with honor and dignity."

Deputy Holloway, who works on a patrol shift in the Fort Walton Beach area, has been with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office since July, 2001.

Sgt. Mike Rolls of the Marion County Sheriff's Office is this year's Florida Retail Federation Officer of the Year. In addition to Deputy Holloway, other finalists represent the Lake Worth Police Department, the Leon County Sheriff's Office, and Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Police Department.

This is the second consecutive year the Retail Federation has selected an Okaloosa County Deputy as one of its statewide finalists. Last year, Investigator (now Inspector) Brian Shonk was among those honored.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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