Posted: 11:50 am Friday, October 28th, 2016
By Joe Rock
First Responder Fridays – Past Honorees
Honoree for April 28th 2017
Darren was nominated by his daughter Jessica Barbeau who said “I would like to nominate my amazing Dad, Deputy Sheriff Darren Barbeau of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. He is a wonderful and dedicated Law Enforcement Officer. He takes great pride in what he does. He goes above the call of duty. Even when he’s not on duty, he’s been in situations, where he was first to help those in need. He is loved and respected by many, but family is first to him. I’m so proud of my Dad, for all he has done for the community and for his family.”
Darren thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $100 Visa gift card from TEN Spring Water.
Honoree for April 21st 2017
David of American Ambulance was nominated by his wife Danielle who said “I nominate David Adams. We have a special needs daughter who was born 12 weeks early. She has medical issues that required the two of us to become very familiar with all things medical. It was very difficult for me to grasp but David he picked it right up and a love of the medical field was born as well as an opportunity for him to understand and subsequently take better care of our daughter. So David went to 2.5 years of school full time while working full time to become a paramedic. He loves his job and loves to help his patients.”
David thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $100 gift card from Bonefish Grill.
Honoree for April 14th 2017
Scot was nominated by Ben Nutkins who said “My nomination goes to Senior Forest Ranger Scot McLaren of the Florida Forest Service. He has been my Senior Ranger for the last two years. His knowledge of wildfire is undeniably top-notch in the state. Scot is one of the hardest working individuals I know and would never hesitate to do anything for a fellow Ranger. He consistently leads by example, and is an excellent mentor. Scot started his career in Gainesville, Florida before transferring to Orlando. He’s been with the Florida Forest Service for 21 years and worked the 1998 fire season in Central Florida. The stories and experiences Scot has shared have left a substantial impact on my fellow Rangers and myself. With the 2017 fire season starting as early as it has this year, I am proud to know we have the leadership of Scot to guide us. In addition to firefighting, he frequently conducts Smokey Bear programs by educating the youth about the positive benefits of prescribed burns, while addressing the negative impacts that wildfires can cause. He absolutely deserves the recognition of First Responder Friday, as he proves his commitment to the job and to the community day in and day out.”
Scot thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $100 gift card from Bonefish Grill.
Honoree for April 7th 2017
Tara was nominated by her husband Kevin who said “My wife Tara Brubaker of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Tara has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office for approximately 10yrs and is extremely dedicated to the job. Tara is the type of person who goes above and beyond what is expected of her and while investigating cases never leaves a stone unturned. Because of her tenacity she was able to get a suspect to confess to lewd acts upon a child, merely because she had a bad feeling and refused to let it go. Tara has worked in many different areas of the agency to include digital forensics, where she worked on cases to protect the safety of our children from sexual predators who prey upon our children through the internet. Tara is also a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and a Field Training Deputy responsible for the training of the new Deputies to the agency as well as a mentor to those in the Police Academy. In her spare time Tara also coaches youth soccer and volunteers for different activities at our children’s school and the boys and girls club of Altamonte Springs. Tara is continually giving the community and is definitely a god send to those she serves.”
Tara thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $100 gift card from Bonefish Grill.
Honoree for March 31st 2017
Dan was nominated by Joe Hartwig who said “Dan Madden is a first responder at Station#1 “The Big House” in Orlando. Dan & Co. responded to the Pulse shooting that night and were first on scene. They had to stay overtime until FBI debriefed and released them later that morning. Dan has a son in Special Olympics and his family volunteers,tirelessly, and his daughters play Unified Volleyball with their brother. I have known Dan for many years and he is always first in line to help. Good man and a great family!”.
Dan thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $100 gift card from Duffy’s Sports Grill.
Darin Michael Stevens
Honoree for March 24th 2017
Darin was nominated by his girlfriend Ashley Straub who said “I nominate my long-time friend and now boyfriend of 2 years, Darin Michael Stevens. My decision to do so has no bearing on our relationship status but every bit on his true talents as a medical professional. Currently, Darin works as an EMT in the Emergency Room at Orlando’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Orlando Regional Medical Center. He was the only one of his graduated EMT class to have been offered 3 different positions at ORMC during his interview and was allowed to pick the one he wanted, and he chose the ER. Darin shows extreme calm during storms, very focused on healthcare and has amazing leadership skills to focus and center patients when they need his care. Additionally, Darin takes initiative and goes above and beyond without being asked. As an example, Darin is a long-time volunteer of the hospital’s Hurricane Emergency Response Team (HERT) which was activated for several days during Hurricane Matthew when the hospital was on high alert. He runs in when others run out and was present during the aftermath of the Pulse Club Shooting. Darin worked tirelessly without complaint for several weeks following the incident to assist those affected. He considered himself “blessed” at the opportunity to impact lives in a positive way through health care but never seems to give himself the proper credit he deserve for such great courage. He once said, he wouldn’t want to be anything else but the brain surgeon/ ER doctor he hopes to be after he graduates. Please, pick him for this. He undoubtly deserves to be recognized for his efforts in protecting Orlando during Hurricane Matthew and Pulse Nightclub Shooting. It is heroes like him that allow all the rest of us to sleep at night.
Darin thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $100 gift card from Duffy’s Sports Grill.
Honoree for March 17th 2017
Craig was nominated by Melissa Chastain who said “Deputy Craig Campbell at Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He has served with our agency for over 16 years and I have the pleasure of not just calling him a fellow coworker, but a very dear friend. He also is a veteran in the US Air Force and has served several tours overseas since 911. He always graciously puts others before himself and treats others with respect. He has been my hero for many years for his service not only to Orange County but to our beautiful country. Thank you for all you do my friend!!”
Craig thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $100 gift card from Duffy’s Sports Grill.
Honoree for March 10th 2017
Larry was nominated by Karen Armstrong who said “He takes his job so serious and that is an understatement!!! He is EMT of the year for Orange County. I feel he deserves more recognition. He takes care of people when he is not even on the clock. Just recently he saw someone in distress after being thrown from their boat. The person hit the prop and was bleeding profusely. He took right over and made sure he was taken to Halifax Hospital. His concern for others never stops.”
Larry thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a 4 pack of passes to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex which includes lunch with an astronaut.
Honoree for March 3rd 2017
Robert was nominated by Amanda Baptist who said “I would like to nominate my husband, Robert Baptist. He currently works as a firefighter/paramedic for Kissimmee FD and a paramedic for Nemours Children’s Hospital. He is dedicated to both companies. His passion is taking care of people and helping them “feel better”. He has been a paramedic for almost ten years, but recently started his career as a firefighter to fulfill his passion. We are very proud of him!
Robert thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a 4 pack of passes to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex which includes lunch with an astronaut.
Honoree for February 24th 2017
Neal was nominated by Tasha De La Santos who said “My brother in law of 20 years OPD officer Neal Arnold. I first met Neal when I was around 14 years old. He started dating my sister, I never knew that he would be the man that he has become. Neal started figuring out what kind of person he wanted to be. He joined the Airforce!! I was so proud and scared for him and my sister but he did it anyway. He was deployed three different times. Each time he left my sister and their young daughter to fight for this country. After doing two tours, Neal got out of the Air Force and still wanted to help this world. He then became an officer in Titusville. He helped with several large busts that made our town safer. A few years back he made the move to be part of OPD. Since being part of this team, he has seen things no human should ever see. He was part of the team that helped the young singer that was shot and killed. He helped pull people to safety at Pulse. He was part of finding our newest “cop killer”…. seeing all of this, doing all of these things, to protect me and YOU, he never talks about what he has done. He keeps that burden to himself and never brings it home to effect my sister. He never wants a thank you, it simply is who HE IS. I love, him I thank him. Thank you for being a great husband, thank you for being a great dad, thank you for being the best brother I could ask for and thank you for protecting this world everyday I love you officer Arnold.”
Neal thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a pair of tickets to see Kansas at Plaza Live in Orlando on March 17th.
Sgt Thomas Padgett
Honoree for February 17th 2017
Sgt Padgett was nominated by Autumn Resimont who said “I’m nominating my brother-in-law Sergeant Thomas Padgett with the Winter Springs PD. He has been a police officer for 14 years. He also serves on the SWAT team as a sniper and before that he served our country in the Army. He is an exemplary man and someone all police officers should strive to emulate. He works over 70 hours a week and does so without complaint. He is a great man, a great husband and father and a great police officer.”
Thomas thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a pair of tickets to see Kansas at Plaza Live in Orlando on March 17th.
Honoree for February 10th 2017
Sean was nominated by Allen Pittman who said “Sean Holycross Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. Longtime friend who is very giving and is a credit to his badge. Former Marine Corp vet. Just an all-round good guy.”
Sean thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $50 gift card for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plu Sunday brunch for two at 39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
Honoree for February 3rd 2017
Johnny was nominated by Annette Ferguson who said “Johnny Register of Lakeland Fire Department is one of the most caring, loving men. Loves his job takes care of his very ill wife of 30 + years always a smile on his face & never gives up. Always willing to lend a helping hand.
Johnny thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $50 gift card for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plu Sunday brunch for two at 39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
Honoree for January 27th 2017
Jason was nominated by Alexis Rivera who said “Jason Duran , Florida’s highway patrol criminal investigator.
I work for a construction company in Kissimmee called Jr Davis construction and my construction site is at Disney’s university road widening. Highway patrolman Jason Duran is there every day from 9-3 making sure we are safe on the side of the road and he stays there all day to make sure we are . He’s a great person he is also in the US Army Reserve.”
Jason thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $50 gift card for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plu Sunday brunch for two at 39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
Honoree for January 20th 2017
Firefighter Ben Green was nominated by his mother in law who said “I would love to nominate my son-in-law Ben. He is not only my son, but my Hero! He goes out every day and night and saves others’ lives without thinking of himself. He keeps working, going to school, and also teaches classes. He also adopted my daughter’s son, then they had an amazing son who is Autistic. He finds time to be an amazing Dad and husband. These guys are always there for everyone else in need, but Ben, he makes time for his wife, and his sons. Ben, you will always be a Hero in my eyes!”
Ben thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $50 gift card for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plu Sunday brunch for two at 39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
Trooper Michael Allen
Honoree for January 13th 2017
Trooper Allen was nominated by his wife Chandra Allen who said “I nominate Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Specialist Michael Allen. Trooper Allen has faithfully served Central Florida for nearly four years and is regarded as a highly respected training officer, and Trooper Allen has been recognized for assisting in the resuscitation of an infant on one of central Florida’s roadways. Trooper Allen is regularly one of the highest performing Troopers in Orange County. Trooper Allen celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary this week and he is the father of 2 beautiful daughters. Prior to law enforcement; Trooper Allen spent nearly 20 years helping youth in the Apopka area through various non for profit outreach efforts. Trooper Allen is one of those individuals who places others first and always thinks of himself last.”
Michael thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $50 gift card for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plu Sunday brunch for two at 39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
Honoree for January 6th 2017
Linnette was nominated by her husband David Johns who said “She is the V.P.R.N. Surgical Services Florida Hospital. During the Hurricane just like in the past and the Terrorist attack she drops everything and heads in or stays on the job with suitcase ready to Run the Surgical Operations. This time she only had to stay/sleep in her office for 3 days while the hospital was on lockdown. She may have gotten a total of 3 hours of sleep. She’s been doing this for over 20 years. I give credit to her and many other people for their hard work and dedication. I am an Electrical Lineman and have many years experience away from home and family when duty calls so I appreciate Everyone who works and volunteers their time and efforts.”
Linnette thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $50 gift card for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plu Sunday brunch for two at 39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
Lieutenant Stan Priester
Honoree for December 16th 2016
Lieutenant Stan Priester was nominated by his wife Debra who said “Stan has been a Fire fighter for 26 years & 9 months. He is presently a Lieutenant for Lake County Fire Rescue. He is very much liked by his co workers, administration, and best of all, his patients. He has a bedside manner like no other. He takes his job very seriously. One of his favorite job requirements is training new Firefighters. He is well known for requests to work under his guidance. Stan has missed many family functions & events due to being on duty, as many others experience in this profession. Stan makes his family very proud & I would love for him to be recognized by “our” radio station. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to brag on MY OWN PERSONAL HERO!”
Stan thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $50 gift card for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plu Sunday brunch for two at 39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
Lieutenant Chuck Messer
Honoree for December 9th 2016
Lieutenant Messer was nominated by his wife Kelly Messer who said “Lieutenant Paramedic/ FF Chuck Messer
Recently Chuck ran a call where an individual had fallen. When he arrived, he found that the person had fallen while attempting to weed eat his yard from a scooter. He treated the patient, helped him back to his house and then finished his weed eating. Just another example of how Lt Firefighter/Paramedic Chuck Messer goes above and beyond in his job & for the community he serves.”
Chuck thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a $50 gift card for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plu Sunday brunch for two at 39 Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Plaza.
Honoree for December 2nd 2016
Andrew of Rural Metro Ambulance was nominated by Tina Wilson who said “He has been working in emergency medical services since 1996. In 2007 while he was on the job on a scene of an accident was hit by a car that was doing about 60 MPH, He ended up with a broken pelvis and 13 additional broke bones. After 6 different surgeries he rehabilitated and started back to work as a full time paramedic in 2014. He loves his job and goes above and beyond to help other people.”
Andrew thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a 4 pack of passes to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex which includes an in depth guided tour and lunch with an astronaut plus a $50 ABC Fine Wine and Spirits gift card.
Honoree for November 25th 2016
Joseph was nominated by Ronnie Gregory who said “I nominate Ofc. Joseph Garcia of the Lake Mary Police Department. Ofc. Garcia received a commendation for saving the life of a woman that was suffering from a drug overdose. He was also involved in the life saving efforts on two other occasions the past year. Ofc. Garcia is loved by everyone at the department and is the ultimate team player. Ofc. Garcia assists the other officers on his squad with their assignments and always volunteers to stay late and take a report even when it’s not in his assigned areas. Ofc. Garcia had an interaction with a 4 y.o. boy the other day and dug through his kind trying to find something to give to the boy. He finally found a uniform patch to give him. The look at the little boys face was priceless. Ofc. Garcia holds a black belt in Kung Fu and holds classes at his home. He is a role model for new officers entering the Law Enforcement field. Joe is one of a kind and we are blessed to have him at our agency.”
Joseph thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks you’ll receive a 4 pack of passes to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex which includes an in depth guided tour and lunch with an astronaut plus a $50 ABC Fine Wine and Spirits gift card.
Honoree for November 18th 2016
Blayne was nominated by Traci Badura who said “I would like to nominate Deputy Blayne Badura, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, as your Frist Responder Friday Honoree, He is a 14+ year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office who eptimizes honor, diligence, steadfastness, bravery, respect, willpower and is living proof of a desire to serve his community and to contnue to do the job he loves.
In September, 2015, Deputy found himself in End Stage Renal Disease (ERSD) at the age of 44. After several hospitalizations, Deputy Badura began dialysis in October of 2015, three times a week, 4 hours each session. He has continued to work fulltime, even going straight to a 12 hour shift after receiving his dialysis treatment on many days. He has been registered on the kidney transplant list since February of 2016. For those who do know know him, he is a symbol of strength, faith and hope, all while continuing to serve.
Deputy Badura was honored as Deputy of the Quarter, East Division, SCSO recently. He will also be honored by the Sanford Police Department in early November where he will be awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions at Central Florida Regional Hospital during the active shooter situation in April of 2016. Deputy Badura came face to face with the shooter and, with no regard for his own safety, was able to return fire and to successfully force the suspect to retreat from the Emergency Department, potentially sparing lives and further injury.
I would be proud to see him be granted this well-deserved recognition. He would say “that’s my job”.
Honoree for November 11th 2016
Krystal was nominated by her mother Debra Priester who said “Krystal is a dispatcher for Mount Dora Police Department for almost 2 years. She first started this career at Lake EMS & worked there for a little over 6 years. Dispatching is a very demanding job & requires many different skills. She has 2 daughters that have had to adjust to their mothers 12 hour shifts, along with understanding her not being able to attend many events in their lifetime. She is a single Mom & has always made sure her girls have what they need & most of what they want! Krystal is known best for her ability to comfort & calm her 911 callers. She is very efficient & effective, knowing who she needs to send & what the calls detail. I would love to see Krystal be noticed for the job she is so dedicated & good at.”
Krystal thanks for all you do for our community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a $100 gift card for Bonefish Grill.
Honoree for November 4th 2016
Michael was nominated by Jenna Barrett who said “Michael Euliss is a Lineman with Duke Energy in Florida. He stays busy with work during Florida’s severe weather. While the lucky ones ride out hurricanes complaining about when the WiFi will be back on, Michael weathers the storm day and night until the job is done. Bringing electricity back to those affected in Central Florida. He leaves his family, wife Nikki and baby daughter Riley, home while he works hard to make other families safe and comfortable. I’d like to nominate Michael, not only because he does his job well, but he does it without complaining. In an often forgotten and thankless job, Michael excels.”
Michael thanks for all you do for our community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a $100 Dine Rewards gift card.
Honoree for October 28th 2016
Brooke was nominated by Tiffany Roberts who said “I would like to nominate my step-daughter Brooke Bellamy for first responder. She is a rookie officer with the city of Sanford and has been involved in some very crucial moments of her career already. Soon after being sworn in she was working the night of the active shooter at Central Florida Regional Hospital. She has been seen playing ball with neighborhood children. She identified a missing child in a local store. She saved a man utilizing CPR after he had not been breathing for several minutes. He was breathing when paramedics arrived and is currently in stable condition at CFR. She will be receiving an award for her actions. She is always smiling and we are extremely proud.”
Brooke thanks for all you do for our community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a $100 Dine Rewards gift card.
Honoree for October 21th 2016
Tyler was nominated by Brianna LeFevre who said “I would love to nominate my firefighter/Paramedic, Tyler Crossman. He is truly the most hard working man I have ever met with a heart of gold. The passion he has for his career is like nothing I’ve seen before. From the moment I met him he has always wanted to be a Seminole County Firefighter and this year, after 6 years he is now proudly serving SCFD. With just buying our first home and starting at his dream department this year, I couldn’t think of anyone else who deserves this more. Myself and the Seminole County Fire Department are lucky to have him.”
Tyler thank you for all you do for our community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a $100 Dine Rewards gift card.
SGT William Bartlett
Honoree for October 14th 2016
SGT Bartlett of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was nominated by his wife Melissa who said “Sgt. Bartlett has served our county for 17 years now. In the past few years he has made it his mission to educate the public regarding mass shootings. He has traveled to businesses throughout the county and state to teach our community how to respond and react to an active shooter or mass casualty situation. He has worked hard to gain grant money to teach classes to our local EMS/fire and police so all agencies can be trained the same to work together if another horrific event were to take place in our community. Sgt. Bartlett is an outstanding example of what it means to serve our community and protect our community.
William thanks for all you do for our community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a $100 Dine Rewards gift card.
Honoree for October 7th 2016
Jennifer was nominated by Ed Farnham who said “Please accept this nomination for Ms. Jennifer Roland as your “First Responder” honoree.I am the retired Gen. Mgr. of a large multi-national sports / medical company, and as such, we helped design and implement, conditioning programs for fire and police departments throughout the United States. Ms. Roland is without a doubt the most dedicated and deserving individual I encountered during those many years, and to date.
Jennifer graduated â€œCum Laude â€œ from Deland High School in 1998. She obtained her EMT certification at age 19 at DBCC ( now Daytona State College ), worked as a volunteer until 2001, at which time she became a professional Firefighter / EMT with Lake County Fire Rescue, where she has been serving the public for the last 15 years and counting. In 2015 she became a Certified Paramedic ( graduating as member of National Technical Honor Society )
Not satisfied to rest on her laurels, Jennifer is in her senior year, dually completing both her AA degree in Fire Science and her Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and is currently maintaining a GPA which entitles her the honor of being on the Dean’s list. Ms. Roland has in addition, spent most of her “free time” involving herself in community outreach, working with the DeLand YMCA ( for a cumulative 7-8 years ) in the area of personal training ( ACE certified ), and after school programs for kids.
Her dedication to others, and especially children, is noteworthy. Since 2014, she has been working with Lake County’s Fire Safety House program, which travels to schools and teaches kindergarten through 5th grade students, what they should do if involved in a fire situation. Jennifer has garnered continued respect and admiration from both associates and the communities she serves.
Thank you for your consideration and recognition of her ongoing dedication to excellence in all of her endeavors.”
Jennifer thanks for all you do for our community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a $100 Dine Rewards gift card.”
Honoree for September 30th 2016
Adam was nominated by his wife who said “I want to nominate my husband Adam. Adam was living in New York during 9/11 and unfortunately it hit him hard. Adam wanted to protect and serve and moved to Orlando to be with his family. He was hired with OPD and started out as a Patrol officer and is now a violent crimes detective working his way to homicide. Adam recently celebrated his 12 year anniversary with OPD. I’ve always considered Adam to be my hero. He is loving, compassionate and completely dedicated to protecting and serving his community. I didn’t think my respect for him could get any deeper until the Pulse attack. Adam was involved with unimaginable and emotional tasks but he knew he had a job to do and did it. Adam is an outstanding first responder and deserves to have the recognition.”
Adam thanks for all you do for our community. As a way of saying thanks you will receive a $100 Dine Rewards gift card.