2016 Employee of the Year Awards
Sheriff Chris Nocco joined Pasco Sheriff’s Office employees to honor the 2016 Employees of the Year at the annual awards banquet conducted at the Rotary Pavilion in New Port Richey. Seven employees were recognized in different categories for their exemplary work performance during the previous year. This year’s recipients include:
Civilian of the Year
This year’s recipient of the Civilian of the Year Award is Melissa Hite from the Human Resources section. Melissa has voluntarily taken on the lead for the One Solution project integration. She has been instrumental in insuring all aspects of the project is tested, recorded, and fixed, and then tested again by either herself or the HR staff. She has taken on the responsibility to learn the basics about work flow, report writing and troubleshooting, all while handling her own duties and the duties for one of our members on a leave of absence. For her support in the One Solution project integration that has ensured the smooth operation of human resources management for the agency, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2016 Civilian of the Year Award is hereby presented to Human Resource Specialist Melissa Hite.
Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year
Cpl. Nicholas Maggio is being recognized as the 2016 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year. – Cpl. Nicholas Maggio is being recognized for his actions on the scene of an attempted suicide. On Feb. 6, 2015, Cpl. Maggio responded to a residence in New Port Richey where a woman had shot herself in the abdomen with a .22-caliber revolver. The woman was under stress from living with several medical ailments and wanted to end her life. Cpl. Maggio quickly grabbed a towel and applied direct pressure to the open wound. The woman became combative, pushing his hands away and yelling for him to let her die. Cpl. Maggio continued to apply pressure while trying to calm the victim down. He continued his life-saving measures until Fire Rescue personnel arrived to take the victim to the hospital. For his appropriate actions to save the life of a combative suicidal victim,the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2016 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year Award is hereby presented to Cpl. Nicholas Maggio.
Court Services Deputy of the Year
This year we are recognizing two deputies in this category. The first recipient for the Court Services Deputy of the Year goes to Dep. Caleb Steele. – Dep. Steele is being recognized for his actions is defending himself and others from combative inmates. On March 10, Dep. Steele was conducting a search of an inmate’s cell when the inmate became violent. The inmate refused several commands to put his hands on the cell bars given by Dep. Steele. The inmate grabbed the deputy by the throat and attempted to push him over the second story tier where the cell was located, a drop of about 15 feet onto a concrete floor. Dep. Steele was able to take evasive action and avoid the inmate’s attempt to push him over the railing, but the inmate punched him in the face and slammed his head into the iron cell bars where he received a laceration to his scalp about 2 inches long that required surgical staples to close the wound. After the inmate was subdued, he was charged with attempted murder and resisting an officer with violence. In another incident, Dep. Steele was at a hospital post, supervising an inmate awaiting trial for murder, when the inmate tried to attack a nurse with a pen. Dep. Steele and another deputy were able to subdue the inmate without any injuries to her, themselves or the inmate. The nurse supervisor claimed the deputies saved the nurse’s life.
For his multiple incidents of subduing dangerous, combative inmates that has resulted in his own injuries, the first recipient of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2016 Court Services Deputy of the Year Award is hereby presented to Dep. Caleb Steele.
The second recipientfor the Court Services Deputy of the Year goes to Field Training Officer and Bailiff Michael Kerr. – Dep. Kerr is a field training officer in the West Pasco Courthouse. FTO Kerr is being recognized for leading his unit in arrests and reports written over the previous year. One such arrest occurred in September of last year when an inmate who was in the custody of another agency fled a second floor courtroom. Dep. Kerr was listening to the radio and responded to the second floor where he apprehended the inmate before he could escape out of the exit. FTO Kerr also makes the most use of his slower times by patrolling the courthouse area. He has produced several self-initiated investigations and arrests via these patrols. Another example of FTO Kerr’s dedication is his cross-checking of court calendars for suspect identification. This involves him checking the names of people who are scheduled for court appearances and their possible involvement in unsolved crimes or who may have outstanding warrants. FTO Kerr’s court calendar investigations have led to more than 100 warrant arrests, including one suspect who had 11 outstanding warrants.
For his dedicated investigations and productivity of arrests at the West Pasco Courthouse, the second recipient of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2016 Court Services Deputy of the Year Award is hereby presented to Field Training Officer and Bailiff Michael Kerr.
Detective of the Year
Daniel Toner is the recipient of this year’s Detective of the Year Award. – Det. Toner has been assigned to the Major Crimes Unit since 2009. Daniel has been involved in 31 homicide cases, many of them high-profile cases. These cases have included a bank robber who left no forensic evidence at the scene and who was adept at eluding law enforcement. Det. Toner devised a plan where he used the suspect’s girlfriend to set up a meeting. He showed up thinking he was going to meet with her, at which time Daniel and other deputies arrested him. Another case involved a serial rapist who was attacking prostitutes in West Pasco while posing as a law enforcement officer. After tracking down numerous false leads, Det. Toner was able to use information from one of the victims to identify the suspect and arrest him. Det. Toner was also took over a high-profile case of a coin dealer who was allegedly murdered by an acquaintance. This case was unique as while Det. Toner was trying to track down the suspect, he was robbing banks in the Tampa Bay area. With the assistance of the FBI Task Force of which he is a member, the suspect was captured and charged with the murder and bank robberies. Another high-profile case was one where a mentally-disturbed man killed his mother and niece in New Port Richey. Despite the surge of differing agencies, media personnel and citizens who were at the scene, Det. Toner was able to maintain and keep organized throughout the investigation and obtain the necessary evidence to make the arrest of the suspect.
For his professional investigations of several high-profile homicide and other major crimes cases, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2016 Detective of the Year Award is hereby presented to Det. Daniel Toner.
Law Enforcement Field Training Officer of the Year
FTO Ryan Pacheco is the 2016 recipient of the Law Enforcement Field Training Officer of the Year award. – FTO Pacheco is being recognized for his excellence in training new law enforcement deputies for our agency. He has been singled out for instilling confidence in new deputies that allows them to approach their duties from a variety of perspectives. FTO Pacheco was noted for his positive criticism of his mentoring of deputies, which he used to instill a passion for the job and assisting citizens. Ryan was also noted for his ability to improve the report writing of deputies, a vital basic skill that is often one of the hardest to master. One deputy even said his training under FTO Pacheco gave him more insight into his road patrol duties than the previous training phases combined.
For his expertise in training new law enforcement deputies and instilling in them the confidence to succeed, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2016 Law Enforcement Field Training Officer of the Year Award is hereby presented to FTO Ryan Pacheco.
Detention Field Training Officer of the Year
FTO Seth Adams is being recognized tonight as the Courts Services Field Training Officer of the Year. – FTO Adams has been singled out by his supervisors as one of the hardest working field training officers they have worked with. They note his 25 years of experience and knowledge are key in preparing his trainees to be self-sufficient in the many complicated areas of detention services. FTO Adams is also noted to be one of the top field training officer report writers, a vital skill set the importance of which he instills in his trainees. He takes pride in his career which reflects in a positive manner to those just entering the field. His supervisors note that he does everything possible to prepare his trainees for their next phase of training or to be released from their cycle of training.
For his exemplary expertise in guiding and training new deputies which is made possible by his 25 years of experience, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2016 Court Services Field Training Officer of the Year Award is hereby presented to FTO Seth Adams.