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Updated: 04/21/2017 08:30:01AM

Sheriff deputies recognized for outstanding work during ceremony

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Lt. Chris Smith (left) presented Exceptional Achievement Awards to (from left) Deputy Mike Weed, Deputy Bret Hinkle, Sgt. Dusty McGee, Deputy Cory Tomblin (and K-9 partner Remco) and Deputy Chris Cloud for their work on an arrest that seized 237.8 grams of methamphetamine March 21.

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Lt. Tyrone Tyson presented Deputy John Garrison with a Certificate of Recognition for his work on multiple cases, including his focus on DUI enforcement, Wednesday, April 19.

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Dorothy Marrero, the administrative support officer for the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit, was named Civilian of the Quarter Wednesday, April 19, based on a recommendation from Lt. Greg Pearlman.

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Deputy Louis Ramos was honored as Deputy of the Year for 2016 by VFW Post 4300 on Wednesday, April 19. Presenting the award was Post Commander Jim Van Houten, with Sheriff Paul Blackman.

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By JAY MEISEL

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SEBRING — While for most people the brush fires have been at best an annoyance, for Barbra Hair the blaze on one particular day may have been a life saver.

On March 21, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Det. Dustin Campbell was scheduled to travel to work in Avon Park. But, according to information provided at Recognition Ceremony Wednesday, he couldn’t reach that location because of smoke from a brush fire.

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