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Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood and members of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office gathered recently to honor deputies, civilians and volunteers who did outstanding work in 2019.
This included deputies who came under fire from an armed carjacking suspect, a school guardian who reported a shooter on campus, and officers and deputies who grabbed a teenager attempting to jump off a building in mid-air, according to a press release.
“Every day I come to work, I learn something new about the talent and tenacity of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office,” Chitwood said. “What I keep seeing every day is that not only do we have great deputies, detectives, employees and volunteers — we have been blessed to be surrounded by a bunch of great people.”
Here are some of the winners:
- Deputy of the Year: Deputy Robert McCabe
- Detective of the Year: Detective Timothy Pullin
- Civilian Employee of the Year: Lindsey Campbell
- Telecommunicator of the Year: Kathy Chace
- Citizen Observer Program Volunteer of the Year: Anthony Yebba
- Citizens Volunteer Auxiliary Program Volunteer of the Year: Kenneth Fry
- Purple Heart: Sgt. Thomas Dane
- Medal of Valor: Sgt. Thomas Dane, Joel Hernandez, Sr. Deputy Adam Clausen, Detective Jordan McDaniel and Deputy Hector Rodriguez.
- Meritorious Service Award: Heritage Middle School guardian Bruce Williams
Quilters to have pieces on display at Ocean Center
A member of the Racing Fingers Quilt Guild of Ormond Beach has two quilts accepted as semi-finalists in the American Quilting Society Quilt Week show in Daytona Beach, taking place the Ocean Center at 101 N. Atlantic Ave. from Feb. 26-29.
Terri Lynch's first quilt is titled, "Accidents Happen, Don't Quit, It Can Still Be Beautiful," a burgundy quilt that was first started by Lynch in 2016. It is a one-block pattern from Quiltmaker 100 blocks by "100 Designers Magazine," according to a press release. The original block is called "Star Wash" by Peg Spradlin. After Lynch's husband died in a small plane crash in 2018, she picked up the blocks she'd made and decided to finish the quilt.
The second quilt is a white star quilt titled, "Bonus Star," made from bonus pieces salvaged from other projects, according to the press release. It is inspired by a quilt by Edyta Sitar.
Lynch is originally from Southern California. Her husband was in the U.S. Navy, and in 2013, the two moved to Daytona Beach, where her husband taught at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Lynch is not the only RFQG member with a quilt in the show.
Monique Foley also has a quilt that was accepted as a semi-finalist. Her pineapple quilt contains over 2,500 small pieces. Foley, a native of Belgium, discovered quilting in 1985 after many years of knitting. In 1991, she entered a Baltimore Album Quilt in a Georgia State Fair and won Best of Show. The quilt was all done by hand.