Several awards were given this week at a special ceremony held by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in New Port Richey, Fla. Among the award recipients was Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco who received his agency's Patriot Award. Concurrent with the awards ceremony was the swearing-in of newly hired deputies, all of which took place on October 23, 2013.
Sheriff Nocco had been nominated by Pasco County Deputy Robert Lamb. Lamb, a military reservist, has deployed overseas many times. A staff sergeant in the Army Reserves, Deputy Lamb cites the support of his command staff smooths the way for his transition in and out of his military reserve service.
With several Persian Gulf deployments under his belt, Dep. Lamb credits the support from his command staff which crucially affords him to partake in Army military service as well as law enforcement duties as a Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputy.
Although not uncommon for law enforcement officers to serve in military capacity, it can become an arduous task to bifurcate between two service entities, often with vast geographic distance in the process. Endemically, prospective law enforcement officer candidates produce from military life. Experiences garnered while in military raining and service relate well to the paramilitary structure of law enforcement entities.
Pasco County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) deputies who jut their hands into the air and take an oath of military service while simultaneously already sworn in as a police officer have federal protection to support such an oath of public service. No law enforcement officer who returns to military duty can have his/her police position negated while serving military time.
The very essence of Sheriff Nocco's award nomination is predicated upon his unwavering support to --and admiration of-- his deputies serving abroad in military roles.
Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act of 1994, employees who are called to active duty retain the right to their respective positions before shipping out for military duty. Moreover, USERRA of 1994 has stipulation that any advancement which would have been achieved while employees were actively serving in the military render them eligible for those potential positions.
Sheriff Nocco recognizes this Act and diligently strives to accord all its inherent and deserved benefits to his deputies and/or civilian employees called to military service.
Other Pasco county Sheriff's Office employees who were granted awards this week are: Deputy Richard Meaghar (Intelligence Led policing award); Lt. William Watson and Cpl. Courtland Harrison (Sheriff's Special Service award); Sgt. Christopher Joyal and Deputy Curtis Adams (Sheriff's Special Service award); Sgt. Jennifer Morton, Cpl. Joseph Zoccoli, Deputies Mitch Bollenbacher, Alyson Towne, and David Hatfield (Sheriff's Special Service award); Deputy Peter Robbins (Lifesaving award); Deputies Joshua Peters and Clifford Baltzer (Lifesaving award); Cpl. Tim Brock and Deputy Ryan Shadrick (Meritorious Service Medal for Courage award); Deputy Ryan Oakley (Purple Heart award).
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