Saving lives and catching bad guys is all in a day’s work for law enforcement officers, but the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office took a day to recognize its deputies and employees for their efforts Friday.

In an award ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office Administration building, about two dozen ECSO employees were recognized for achievements that ranged from to providing emergency first aid to saving the agency money on new patrol vehicles.
Deputy Kerem Suhi was presented with the National Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor for an array accomplishments, including single-handily capturing two fleeing kidnapping suspects in 2013. The Medal of Valor is given for an act of outstanding personal bravery, intelligently performed, in the line of duty at imminent personal hazard of life, according to the National Sheriff’s Association.
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In 2015, Suhi was honored by Gov. Rick Scott for pulling a wounded comrade to safety while under fire from a suspect.

Suhi said it was an honor to recognized for his work, but said at the end of the day he and his fellow deputies were just wanted to make their community a better place.
“We don’t do it to get awards,” he said. “We don’t do it to get recognition. Sometimes, we don’t even get a handshake.”
Still, Suhi got plenty of handshakes and a huge round of applause from the dozens of citizens and deputies who came to show their appreciation Friday.

Among others who were recognized were Law Enforcement Officer of the Quarter Deputy Justin Fountain, who showed exceptional patience and consideration to affected children during abuse call, and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Deputy Michelle Wert, who helped identify four murder suspects and a fifth conspirator accused of paying off witnesses.

Sheriff David Morgan said Wert was selected as Officer of the Year for “her diligence in her work performance with the homicide unit and holding violent criminals accountable for their actions.”

Morgan awarded a Civilian Service Medal to U.S. Air Force Capt. Elton Herrick for helping rescue his neighbors out of rubble when an EF-3 tornado hit Pensacola on Feb. 23.

After the storm buried several people under debris, Herrick and his wife followed the voices of neighbors and helped pull them from the debris. The Herricks saved a total of five people, including a young couple and their baby.

A full list of awardees is available at

(from an article by Kevin Robinson of the Pensacola News Journal)

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Due to more wet weather forecasted for Saturday and in the days leading up to the game, Guns vs. Hoses has once again been cancelled. Since the Wahoos regular season is starting up soon, Pensacola Police Department has been forced to move Guns vs. Hoses to a weekend in the fall. We will post the new date as soon as it is scheduled. 

update: Rescheduled to September 17, 2016

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Guns vs Hoses – Rescheduled to March 19th

On March 9th, 2016, posted in: News by

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GUNS vs HOSES has been rescheduled to March 19th

Mark your calendars! The Pensacola Police Department and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting this year’s GUNS vs HOSES softball game on Saturday, March 19th. Come out and show your support! The event is free and open to the public. There will be lots of family-friendly entertainment at the stadium, in addition to the softball games, including a touch-a-truck and food trucks outside the stadium and bounce houses inside the stadium. The ECSO’s mounted unit will also be there. The event will benefit the non-profit charity, Keeping Abreast Foundation. The Keeping Abreast Foundation organization helps women who are under insured or do not have insurance to receive screening mammograms, or medically indicated follow-up diagnostic mammograms or ultrasounds. We are currently seeking sponsors for this year’s game. If you have any questions about becoming a sponsor, please contact Officer Randy Rickard at the Pensacola Police Department at rrickard@cityofpensacola

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Poll Deputies Needed

On March 4th, 2016, posted in: News by

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It’s that time of year! We are looking for Poll Deputies for the 2016 Election Cycle. Interested in serving? Click the link below:

How do I become a Poll Deputy?

There will be 3 elections scheduled for 2016:

March 15

August 30

November 8

Please note this is a PAID position through the Supervisor of Elections office. 

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Drug Take Back

On March 2nd, 2016, posted in: News by

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The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the DEA will be conducting a DRUG TAKE BACK on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00am – 1:30pm.

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