During Oct. 17 meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Gov. Rick Scott recognized the son of a local law enforcement family as one of three Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers with the Medal of Heroism for their bravery and service during Hurricane Irma.
FWC Officer Jefferson Carroll, 28, is the son of Franklin County Sheriff's Office Major Cliff Carroll, of Carrabelle, and his wife Ivanhoe, and the grandson of Evelyn Shiver Carroll, of Eastpoint. He was recognized, along with fellow FWC officers Brittany Mobley and Clint Williams, for their efforts in the Keys during Hurricane Irma.
These three FWC officers, along with many more stationed in the Keys, helped conduct search-and-rescue missions and responded to many requests for assistance and evacuation during and immediately following the hurricane in Monroe County.
Although their personal homes were seriously damaged during the storm, the officers were dedicated to assisting those in their community after the storm. The three officers accepted the award on behalf of their brothers and sisters in law enforcement who also overcame personal difficulties to serve the public during this emergency. Their actions serve as an inspiration to others and exemplify the dedication and compassion felt for those who have been struck by this devastating storm.
“Hurricane Irma was a massive storm that impacted families, communities and businesses across our state,” said Scott. “I am proud of our many first responders, law enforcement officers and Florida National Guard members who bravely answered the call to help those in need. These individuals are some of the many heroes who put their lives on the line and stand ready to keep our families safe and protected every day. I am honored to recognize them today.”
Brian Yablonski, FWC Commission chairman. thanked Scott for his support in honoring the three officers.
"Although their homes were significantly damaged during the storm, they put their personal concerns aside and continued to assist others in Monroe County. Our officers in the division of law enforcement will continue to proactively protect Floridians and conserve our precious natural resources," Yablonski said.