Media Advisory                                              

For Immediate Release
June 2, 2005
Contact: Catherine Dokey
Public Information Officer
(850) 651-7420 

Employees of the Quarter, 2005

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has recognized Deputy Jon Bush and Criminal Analyst Kathy Wilson as his Employees of the Quarter for the First Quarter of 2005.

Deputy Jon Bush, assigned to the Community Policing Unit on Okaloosa Island , has been with the Sheriff’s Office since June of 2002.  On April 7th, 2005, Deputy Bush was patrolling the Okaloosa Island beach area, which was under a “Red Flag” warning due to dangerous surf conditions.  Deputy Bush spotted a distressed swimmer caught in a rip current nearly 800 feet from shore.  Deputy Bush immediately radioed for assistance, donned his safety gear and entered the water.  After fighting the surf for nearly one hour, the swimmer, Deputy Bush, along with two beach safety personnel and a firefighter were eventually able to reach the shore.  Deputy Bush was not only presented as the Sworn Employee of the Quarter, but was also presented the Life Saving Pin for his heroic efforts.

Kathy Wilson started her employment with the Sheriff’s Office in January, 1997, and is currently working in the Crime Intelligence Unit.  Kathy is invaluable member of the Criminal Investigations Division by providing research information and analysis of raw data to numerous investigators.  Recently, she provided research data in twenty-five burglary cases, leading to the arrests of six suspects and the recovery of several hundred dollars in stolen property.  Kathy also provided critical information that lead to the arrests of two suspects and cleared sixteen vehicle burglaries and one residential burglary case in the Fort Walton Beach area.  Her supervisor says, “Kathy’s dedication and professionalism in assisting our investigators and road patrol deputies demonstrate an effective partnership in keeping our community safe.”