Today’s honorees are recognized for outstanding service and dedication


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Today’s honorees are recognized for outstanding service and dedication

  • Today’s honorees are recognized for outstanding service and dedication





Benji was born in Trinidad, West Indies and moved to Florida in 1988.

  • Benji was born in Trinidad, West Indies and moved to Florida in 1988.



Benji has completed the Orange County Supervisory Development Program.

  • Benji has completed the Orange County Supervisory Development Program.

  • He takes great pride in the work that he does for all Orange County Departments. That includes printing, collating and binding brochures, flyers, booklets, reports and forms.

  • Benji has been married to Annie for 38 years and they have four children: Sergio, Beverly, Fatisha and Joshua.

  • In his spare time, Benji enjoys working out and golfing.

  • He also volunteers his media skills at his church.





Deborah was born at the Naval Training Center Hospital here in Orlando and moved around with her family until settling down in Orlando in 1965.

  • Deborah was born at the Naval Training Center Hospital here in Orlando and moved around with her family until settling down in Orlando in 1965.



Deborah was hired by Orange County in 1989 as a Correctional Officer and Licensed Practical Nurse to work in the Medical Department.

  • Deborah was hired by Orange County in 1989 as a Correctional Officer and Licensed Practical Nurse to work in the Medical Department.

  • In 1993, she became a Field Training Officer and was promoted to Corporal in 1996.

  • She made Sergeant in August, 2000 and became a Crisis Intervention Team Officer in 2002.

  • Deborah has worked at nearly all Corrections facilities and she is currently an Inspector at Logistics.

  • She has been married to James for 7 years and 3 months.

  • Deborah has five children: Jeffrey, Terrance, Antonio, Stephen and Arieana.

  • In her spare time, Deborah loves to learn new things and help others.



John was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Florida in 1989.

  • John was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Florida in 1989.

  • He was hired that year by Orange County to work at Central Booking.



John has completed numerous FEMA courses. He is a certified SCUBA Diver and a licensed HAM radio operator.

  • John has completed numerous FEMA courses. He is a certified SCUBA Diver and a licensed HAM radio operator.

  • He received an award for his work with the 150th Corrections Anniversary Program and historical display.

  • John has been recognized for his timely response to prevent two suicides and for sounding the alert regarding a potential inmate escape.

  • He will celebrate 20 years of marriage to Geri next February. She works in Inmate Records.

  • In his spare time, John enjoys assembling living history and educational displays and he is very involved with experimental archaeology pertaining to Ancient Rome.





Sandra was born in Manhattan, NYC and moved to Florida in 1979.

  • Sandra was born in Manhattan, NYC and moved to Florida in 1979.

  • She graduated from Walton High School and Faith Christian University with a degree in Theology.



Sandra reviews arrest paperwork, notary entries, official documents and jail track computer system entries.

  • Sandra reviews arrest paperwork, notary entries, official documents and jail track computer system entries.

  • She is married to Darrel has one son: Gilbert.

  • Her hobbies include: traveling, sightseeing, visiting historical locations, reading and cooking.

  • In her spare time, she provides voluntary counseling through the Jail Ministry Program to women in the Female Detention Facility.



Mary was born in Quincy, FL, and moved to Orlando in 1967, the day after she was married.

  • Mary was born in Quincy, FL, and moved to Orlando in 1967, the day after she was married.

  • She was hired in 1978 with the CETA Program as a Clerk-Typist.



Mary has earned several promotions: Clerk Typist III, Docket’s Clerk II, Correctional Service Officer, Docket Specialist and Correctional Release Specialist.

  • Mary has earned several promotions: Clerk Typist III, Docket’s Clerk II, Correctional Service Officer, Docket Specialist and Correctional Release Specialist.

  • In 2005, she transferred to the Court Team.

  • Mary was married to Elijah for 35 years before he passed away on June 27, 2002.

  • She has three children: Tammy, Brian and

  • Elijah II.

  • Mary’s hobbies include: Sewing, church work and being entertained by her grandchildren.





Gail was born in New York City and attended the Art and Design High School there.

  • Gail was born in New York City and attended the Art and Design High School there.

  • She graduated from Bronx Community College and New York State University.

  • In 1977, Gail boarded a train and headed for Orlando to make it her home.



She also developed a partnership with Walt Disney World’s International Student Program that provided Head Start with several multicultural festival and events.

  • She also developed a partnership with Walt Disney World’s International Student Program that provided Head Start with several multicultural festival and events.

  • Gail was promoted to Resource Teacher in 1996 and was awarded “Teacher of the Year”.

  • In 2008, she returned to the classroom at the Oak Ridge YMCA Head Start where she serves today.

  • Gail was recognized at the Mayor’s Coffee in 2009 for her outstanding service and dedication.

  • She is the proud parent of a daughter: Shannon, 24, who is a former Head Start student and now attends the University of South Florida.

  • Gail enjoys the theatre, museums and galleries and she is a big fan of “American Idol.” She volunteers her time for Harbor House, the American Heart Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.





Rochelle was born and raised in Richmond Heights, and moved to Sumter, SC when she was 16 to live with her grandmother.

  • Rochelle was born and raised in Richmond Heights, and moved to Sumter, SC when she was 16 to live with her grandmother.



Rochelle worked for two years at the Sumter County Health Department with the Home Health Aid Agency.

  • Rochelle worked for two years at the Sumter County Health Department with the Home Health Aid Agency.

  • She moved to Orlando in 1988 and was hired by Orange County in 1989 to work with the Head Start Program, where she worked for ten years.

  • In 1999, she was promoted to Caseworker Aide with Health & Family Services with the Independent Living Program at Laurel Hill.

  • In 2003, Rochelle transferred to the Orange County Youth Shelter and in 2009, she moved back to Laurel Hill.

  • She is married to Emmett and they have a daughter: Dominique, 25; a son, Emmett, 4 and a grandson: Bralyn, who is 4 months old.



Rochelle enjoys swimming, bike-riding, roller skating, golfing, playing basketball, football and watching a good movie. She is an active member of The Temple of Faith.

  • Rochelle enjoys swimming, bike-riding, roller skating, golfing, playing basketball, football and watching a good movie. She is an active member of The Temple of Faith.

  • She is the President of the Board of Directors of Toni’s Touch Inc., a program geared to early education for children that focuses on language and literacy.

  • Rochelle also fills in as a substitute teacher at the Nap Ford Community School Extended Day Program.





Nora was born in Jasper, FL, graduated from Hamilton County High School and moved to Orlando in 1973.

  • Nora was born in Jasper, FL, graduated from Hamilton County High School and moved to Orlando in 1973.



Nora has participated in many back to school fairs at the East Orange Community Center, Thanksgiving food drives and health fairs.

  • Nora has participated in many back to school fairs at the East Orange Community Center, Thanksgiving food drives and health fairs.

  • She has received personal enrichment from helping family and friends of the Community Action Division.

  • Nora is married to Jerome and they have one son: Antonio.





Bill was born at Winter Park Memorial Hospital and lived in Deltona until 1986.

  • Bill was born at Winter Park Memorial Hospital and lived in Deltona until 1986.



Bill has served on Engine 70, Truck 51, Engine 41 and he is currently assigned to Engine 29.

  • Bill has served on Engine 70, Truck 51, Engine 41 and he is currently assigned to Engine 29.

  • He is a certified Peer Fitness Trainer and holds a special certification as a Specialty Contractor in Construction.

  • Bill has assisted with a Risk Analysis for accreditation, pre-fire plans, the Wellness Program, the Paramedic Physical Ability Test and IPAT and CPAT testing.

  • He has been married to Jama for 20 years and they have two daughters: Hannah, and Emily.

  • Bill’s hobbies include: Fishing, motorcycle building and riding.

  • He built more than 70% of his home himself along with five Habitat for Humanity homes in Volusia County.

  • Bill volunteers at his church and even drives the church bus.



Linda was born in Mesa, AZ, and moved to Seminole County in 1981 from Ft. Collins, CO.

  • Linda was born in Mesa, AZ, and moved to Seminole County in 1981 from Ft. Collins, CO.



Linda completed her firefighter and EMT training in 1983 at Seminole Community College and she was hired by Orange County two weeks before her 19th birthday.

  • Linda completed her firefighter and EMT training in 1983 at Seminole Community College and she was hired by Orange County two weeks before her 19th birthday.

  • She attended Valencia Community College where she earned an Associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services and Nursing.

  • Linda became a Registered Nurse at Florida Hospital’s Altamonte Springs Emergency Department and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

  • She has been married to retired firefighter Lieutenant Keith for 29 years and they have two children: Tara, and Robert.



Dave was born in Sanford and graduated from Seminole High School and Seminole Community College.

  • Dave was born in Sanford and graduated from Seminole High School and Seminole Community College.



Dave has worked several structure fires while on the Truck Company, including large apartment and warehouse fires.

  • Dave has worked several structure fires while on the Truck Company, including large apartment and warehouse fires.

  • His busiest time was while working Station 63 in the Goldenrod/ UCF area.

  • Dave worked many of the brush fires around the Bithlo area.

  • He has received 4 citations and several Letters of Commendation and in 1987, Dave received special recognition for saving the life of victim of a a house fire.

  • Dave enjoys participating in the Firefighter Olympics playing basketball and golf and once won a silver medal in basketball.

  • He has been married to Donna for 5 years and has one daughter: Krista, along with a grand-daughter, McKenna.

  • Dave’s hobbies include: golf, poker and fishing with his grand-daughter.



Jeff was born in Red Bank, NJ and moved to Merritt Island in 1975.

  • Jeff was born in Red Bank, NJ and moved to Merritt Island in 1975.

  • He graduated from Merritt Island High School.



Jeff’s first job with Orange County was to update Fire Rescue’s map book, graphics and work on special projects.

  • Jeff’s first job with Orange County was to update Fire Rescue’s map book, graphics and work on special projects.

  • He transferred to Operations in 1986. Jeff was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and Captain in 2006.

  • Jeff has two children: Jenna, who graduated as a nurse from UCF and is now working at Winnie Palmer Hospital; and Alec, a freshman at Center Academy, who is a Fire Explorer with the City of Orlando.

  • Jeff’s hobbies include: Running 5k’s and training for the upcoming Disney Half Marathon in January.



Bob was born and raised in Orlando. He graduated from Apopka High School.

  • Bob was born and raised in Orlando. He graduated from Apopka High School.



Bob was promoted to Engineer in 1982. He worked with the SCUBA unit for five years as a search & recovery diver and repair technician.

  • Bob was promoted to Engineer in 1982. He worked with the SCUBA unit for five years as a search & recovery diver and repair technician.

  • He is a certified smoke diver and holds a certification in Arson Detection and Investigation

  • He has been married to Kim for 28 years and they have two sons: Jason, and Kyle.

  • In his spare time, Bob volunteers with his church.

  • He also works on computers, enjoys racing and he is looking forward to retirement and spending more time with his family.





Leslie was born in Pageland, SC and moved to Central Florida in 1968.

  • Leslie was born in Pageland, SC and moved to Central Florida in 1968.

  • She graduated from Seminole High School.



Leslie was promoted and move to the Utilities Customer Service Division where she worked for 12 years.

  • Leslie was promoted and move to the Utilities Customer Service Division where she worked for 12 years.

  • She has been honored at the Mayor’s Employee Coffee on many occasion for her excellent customer service.

  • Leslie was promoted in 2001 to Project Coordinator at Traffic Engineering in Public Works.

  • She has been on the executive team for United Way for the past 15 years.

  • Leslie is a proud mother of two sons: Robert, 15, who attends Pine Ridge High School; and Cameron, 12, a 7th grader at Heritage Middle School. Both are honor students.

  • In her spare time, Leslie enjoys reading and helping with mission work. She serves as Chairman of the Trustee Board of her church where she oversees a very large budget.





Lowell was born at the Clark Air Force Base in Manila, Philippines and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music.

  • Lowell was born at the Clark Air Force Base in Manila, Philippines and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music.



Lowell is always eager to assist with special programs or projects. Among them: The post 9/11 ceremonies, Mayor’s breakfasts and luncheons, United Way events, talent shows and Commissioner District Programs. Lowell has also sung the National Anthem at Orlando Magic games.

  • Lowell is always eager to assist with special programs or projects. Among them: The post 9/11 ceremonies, Mayor’s breakfasts and luncheons, United Way events, talent shows and Commissioner District Programs. Lowell has also sung the National Anthem at Orlando Magic games.

  • He won 1st place in the County Talent Show twice and finished 2nd once.

  • Lowell has been married to Dilcia for 33 years and they have one son: Byron, who has served in the Air Force for 10 years.

  • They also have a grand-daughter: Giselle.

  • In his spare time, Lowell sings, plays the flute and guitar, and volunteers at the Church of Latter Day Saints.



County Administration

  • County Administration

  • Communications:

  • Guariemas Benjamin 20 Years

  • Corrections

  • Security Operations:

  • Deborah Harvey 20 Years

  • John Costello Jr. 20 Years



Corrections

  • Corrections

  • Professional Services:

  • Sandra Jennings 20 Years

  • Mary McMillan 30 Years



Family Services

  • Family Services

  • Head Start:

  • Gail Davis 20 Years

  • Youth & Family Services:

  • Rochelle Tompkins 20 Years

  • Community Action:

  • Nora McGill 20 Years



Fire Rescue

  • Fire Rescue

  • Operations:

  • William Dike 25 Years

  • Linda Lord 25 Years

  • David Craig 25 Years

  • Jeffery Wood 25 Years

  • Robert Barrett 30 Years



Public Works

  • Public Works

  • Traffic Engineering:

  • Leslie Cauthen 20 Years

  • Utilities

  • Customer Service:

  • Lowell Lawson 20 Years






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