Hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers across South Florida gathered on Thursday to attend the prestigious First Responders Appreciation Foundation (FRAF) LEO Awards ceremony.
The First Responders Appreciation Foundation pays tribute to those who have dedicated much of their lives to serving as first responders. Lifetime achievement awards are bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated unwavering commitment, often spanning decades of service. These recipients serve as inspiring examples of selflessness, resilience, and steadfast dedication to their chosen profession.
Among the attendees were members of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, who were recognized for their exceptional contributions in various categories. The following individuals were nominated and honored for their outstanding work:
- Community Policing – Sergeant Cliff Labbe
- Lifetime Achievement – Allison Klotzer (34 years of dedicated service)
- Detective of the Year – Detective Brandon Dean
- Emergency Communications Operator of the Year – Cheryl Walkowiak
- Corrections Deputy of the Year – Deputy Julio Rivera
- Officer or Deputy of the Year – Deputy Bobby Gage
- Life-Saving – Deputies Blake Giordano and Tony Le
- Valor – Lieutenant James Dixon, Sergeant Ryan Eggers, Sergeant Christopher Lester, Deputies Shane Joerger, Timothy Miller, Brian Nunley, Kevin Peach, and Jason Pollacek
We congratulate all the well-deserving nominees who have showcased outstanding service and dedication.
Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
As a pillar of strength and security, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office remains steadfast in its mission to protect and serve the community. With its dedicated personnel, cutting-edge technology, and strong community partnerships, the agency inspires confidence and maintains the peace in Indian River County.