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August 14, 2004

N E W S   R E L E A S E

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris is sending 15 Deputies to assist local law enforcement in southwest Florida after Hurricane Charley. The Okaloosa contingent departed Shalimar a few minutes after 6:00 this morning (Saturday morning) en route to Lee County, where they will assist the Cape Coral Police Department.

The Okaloosa Deputies are driving 12 marked and three un-marked patrol vehicles on the 570-mile trip. The group includes:

Captain Michael Busby

Inspector Tom Ruffin

Sergeant Ken Christmas

Corporal Ted Pecot

Deputy Johnnie Briggs

Deputy Kristin Pond and K-9 "Laser"

Deputy Frank Hawley

Deputy David Bridges

Deputy Jack Burritt

Deputy Jeff McGill

Deputy Butch Rockwell

Deputy Kenneth West

Deputy James Burnham

Deputy Derek Luttrell

Deputy Lenny Holloway

The Deputies are members of the Community Policing, Traffic, K-9, and Environmental Units. Their deployment will not affect the manpower of road patrol shifts in Okaloosa County.

Deputy Briggs is making his second assistance trip to a hurricane disaster area; he was part of a ten-Deputy continent that traveled to North Carolina after Hurricane Fran in 1996. Five Okaloosa Deputies assisted in Dade County after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.


for more information contact Sgt. Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420