Behind and Beyond the Badge: Stories from the Village of First Responders with Cops, Firefighters, Dispatchers, Forensics, and Victim Advocates

Behind and Beyond the Badge: Stories from the Village of First Responders with Cops, Firefighters, Dispatchers, Forensics, and Victim Advocates

by Donna Brown

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Overview

There is so much more to a police officer’s badge, to any badge that all first responders wear. But that’s what the world sees—a badge. What’s behind and beyond that badge is what people need to know—the person.

In BEHIND AND BEYOND THE BADGE, Donna Brown takes you to those places that few see. She shows you that those behind the badge may wear a different uniform than other occupations, but they too have families. They too pay bills, and they love the communities where they live and serve. Each one faces all that life has to offer, good and bad. They have dreams just like you, and they continue to give even after their law enforcement careers ends. The difference between their jobs and most other professions is that a first responder might not come home from work at the end of the day. Each has lost a coworker who died in the line of duty, someone who may have also been a friend, a family member, or even a spouse, because while others run from danger, they run to it. They do this for you.

So now, open the cover, and meet some of these amazing people!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943106127
Publisher: Donna Brown
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 839,157
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Donna Brown began her twenty- six-year career in law enforcement when women were still relatively new to the profession. Like most new police officers, Donna began her career working the streets answering calls for service. She then started training new recruits and turned that passion into teaching department wide, at the academy, and to community groups. When she was promoted to sergeant, she remained on the streets and continued training new recruits. Career progression moved Donna to the Criminal Investigation
Division where she spent fifteen years, ten years supervising the Homicide Unit. Donna received the Tallahassee Police Department'saward for bravery and the inaugural Commander and Chief's Award for Excellence, which at that time was the department's award for Officer of the Year. She was also recognized for her part with the Tallahassee Police
Department's team that responded to South Florida days after Hurricane Andrew devastated that area. Donna knows that there is so much more behind the badge that people don't realize or understand. She had spent much of her career speaking to citizen groups in hope of educating and broadening minds about law enforcement. She grew up in Titusville, Florida, when the space industry was flourishing. Return trips are not as frequent as she'd like,
but it's a place that she will always consider home. After graduating from Astronaut High School, she moved to Tallahassee, Florida, obtaining her bachelor of science degree from Florida State University in 1979. She's a proud Seminole! Donna is married, and together, they enjoy spending time with their four-legged fur babies, friends, and family, as well as playing golf.

Table of Contents

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ....................................... ..1

1. Sergeant Donna Brown ................................................... ..3

2. Captain Kelly Burke ......................................................... 12

3. Lieutenant Dewey Riou .................................................... 22

4. Special Agent Floy Turner ............................................... 29

5. Captain Charles Newlin ................................................... 37

6. Lieutenant Dorita Gavin ................................................... 45

7. Officer Hoyt Schmidt ........................................................ 51

8. Deputy Brettina Adams .................................................... 59

9. Officer Mike Strickland ..................................................... 66

10. Officer Kathy McDaris ...................................................... 72

11. Sergeant Stephen Vaughn .............................................. 78

12. Officer Lisa Pontoriero .................................................... 85

13. Officer Tyler Hall ............................................................. 93

THE VILLAGE OF FIRST RESPONDERS ........................... 101

14. Line-of-Duty Death Surviving Spouse

Nicole Romans Hall ....................................................... 103

15. Forensic Supervisor Roger Hawkes ................................ 120

16. Victim Advocate Leslie Norcross Miller ........................... 127

17. Firefighter Lieutenant Frank Mohr ................................... 133

18. Public Safety Dispatch Communications Supervisor

Natalia Duran................................................................. 140

19. Dr. David Bellamy, Reserve Police Officer ...................... 145

20. Fire Battalion Chief Sharon Lippman .............................. 152

21. Dr. Patrick Smith ............................................................ 158

Bibliography ....................................................................... 166

About the Author: DONNA BROWN .................................. 170

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