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Brevard County Deputy David Arquette Honored as FSA Correctional Officer of the Year

February 04, 2015

Tallahassee, Fla. (February 4, 2015) – The Florida Sheriffs Association announced today that Deputy David Arquette, of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, has been selected as the 2015 Corrections Officer of the Year. The award, presented each year at the FSA Winter Conference, is given to a correctional officer who has demonstrated exemplary service in the line of duty. FSA Executive Director Steve Casey and President Sheriff David Shoar presented Deputy Arquette with the award. 

A hero is defined as a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities. Deputy Arquette is the embodiment of these characteristics not only on the job but in his everyday activities. He began his work with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department in January 2008, working primarily in the housing units and booking room. Although both of these areas require a tremendous amount of dedication and professionalism, he selflessly aspired to do more to help the community. To fulfill this desire, Deputy Arquette tried out for the prestigious Jail Complex K-9 Unit. 

After completing the rigorous tryout process, he was trained to work with bloodhounds in various environments, cooperating with other agencies, and learning to handle the added stress that comes with the job. His first few calls consisted of little to no searching, with most missing persons appearing shortly after his arrival.

His desire to make a difference came to fruition twice in one day. Because of the amazing teamwork and quick action of Deputy Arquette and his partner, Earle, law enforcement was able to find an elderly man with life-threatening injuries and ultimately get him the assistance he needed. Later that day, Deputy Arquette was called to assist on a missing person’s case; a child’s grandfather had not seen her in a few hours. Yet again Deputy Arquette and Earle were able to track her. Their efficient teamwork provides families with the closure they needed during tragic times when a body is recovered as well as when they are able to bring someone back unharmed. Their quick action shaves off critical minutes of search time and increases the odds of a successful result. They have been an integral part of arrests and recoveries. 

“This kind of cooperation is invaluable amongst public safety agencies, saving time, manpower, resources and most importantly, saving lives” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said of Deputy Arquette and his willingness to assist in any way possible. 

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