Salute to the courageous makers of MCSO

As 2023 begins, here’s a shout out to some of the people who made a difference in the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in 2022:

deputyand Jared LeggettRobert & Dan E. Molter Memorial Volunteer of the Year.

crime scene technician Megan DvorackMCSO Bealls Humanitarian of the Year.

deputy Nino FarjadiMCSO September Deputy of the Month.

Child protection specialist Carlyn BonaparteMCSO October Employee of the Month.

Leggett was the Manatee County search and rescue contacta 30-member nonprofit founded in 1999 dedicated to assisting law enforcement and first responders in their search for missing persons.

After Hurricane Ian, Leggett led a team of eight to rescue an elderly couple in rural East Manatee trapped at home by rising tides, cutting through fallen trees with chainsaws and reaching the couple by airboat and flood craft.

Leggett’s MCSAR team then stayed in the area to help others. They went door-to-door screening residents in flood-hit neighborhoods, delivered food, water and tarps to residents, and rescued another stranded homeowner via jet ski.

They not only helped the citizens of Manatee County, but also the people of eastern Sarasota County by rescuing residents from flooded homes and evacuating livestock.

• Even after Ian’s aftermath Dvorack volunteered to lead a hurricane relief effort for first responders, whose lives were impacted by the storm but still helped others. In addition to her own work, she collected and inventoried nearly 3,500 items and arranged for their delivery to members of the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office.

And because of the amount of additional clothing collected, Dvorack coordinated that it be donated to Bradenton’s Women’s Resource Center and One Mission in Sarasota.

Farjadi conducted a death investigation involving the son of an 85-year-old mother who was in despair beyond his death, had no immediate family nearby and took care of medical problems himself.

Farjadi developed a relationship with the mother, made several calls to family members and home health workers, then spent extra time with her and checked on her for the rest of the shift.

When she went after her the next day, Farjadi learned that she wasn’t eating properly or taking care of herself. He was then able to enlist her medical treatment and help from Meals on Wheels.

Farjadi continued with her several times a day for a week and even walked the dog for the grateful wife.

Bonaparte after being contacted about the eviction of a mother and two children at risk of homelessnessplunged into a situation full of sorrow.

First, Bonaparte needed law enforcement to finally locate the family at 3 a.m., then investigate concerns for the children and help with services.

Numerous concerns arose.

These included the mother’s drug use, persistent family homelessness, sleeping in a vehicle in different parking lots, the children had not been to school in several years, nor had they been seen by a doctor or dentist.

Through interviews and information gathered, a legal sufficiency was developed to remove the children from the mother’s care. Bonaparte worked all morning arranging transportation and completing the court documents that day.

There was also a birthday. So Bonaparte got birthday presents and even worked to plan the mother’s first visit so that she could be present at the celebration.

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