FHP officer assigned to Manatee County named 'Officer of Year'

rdymond@bradenton.comMay 18, 2012 

BRADENTON -- Florida Highway Patrol Cpl. Darrell D. Carroll seemed overwhelmed Thursday night when he was named 2012 Officer of the Year by the Manatee County Hundred Club.

But who wouldn't be a bit unnerved to receive such an honor before a group at the Bradenton Country Club that included state attorney Earl Moreland, Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat, former Bradenton mayor Bill Evers, former Highway Patrol Maj. Ron Getman, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube and the police chiefs from Palmetto, Holmes Beach and Bradenton.

"Thank you, thank you," said the humble Carroll, who works crash cases in Manatee County.

The audience included many prominent men and women in county law enforcement and their spouses, and many of the roughly 175 members of the Hundred Club, which, since the early 1980s, has supported law enforcement in Manatee County.

Steube, who was also the guest speaker, spoke for Carroll.

"I want you to imagine how difficult a crash investigation would be where two children were struck in the roadway, with one dying," Steube said, in describing one of Carroll's cases this year. "Our nominee worked this hit and run, with no car and very little physical evidence.

"Interviews of witnesses and canvassing of the crash scene led to the location of the vehicle and a subsequent

arrest with a confession," Steube added.

Hogle, others remembered

Carroll and the other eight nominees for Officer of the Year shared this year's spotlight with three people for whom law enforcement was central to their lives, speakers said.

The three include Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle, who died Monday in a motorcycle accident,past Hundred Club president Tim Miller of Miller Insulation, who died earlier this year, and Robin Sneeden, secretary of the Hundred Club, who died three weeks ago.

All three were mentioned prominently during the night, especially Hogle, who was represented at the award presentation by Longboat Key Police Department Officer John Thomas, who was one of the nominees for Officer of the Year, and Monica Quarmby from the Longboat Key Police Department.

"Chief Hogle was the kind of person who made you want to be a better person," Thomas said.

The public funeral service for Hogle will beat 1 p.m. Thursday at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Hundred Club president John Dukovac announced at Thursday's banquet.

Besides Thomas andCarroll, the other sevennominees were BradentonPolice Department Sgt. Shane B. Shehorn, Bradenton Beach Police Department Det.Sgt. Lenard Diaz, FloridaFish & Wildlife Commission Officer Tim Hinds, Holmes Beach Police Department Officer Brian L. Copeman, Homeland Security Investigation Special Agent Emir Abreu, Manatee County Sheriff's Office Det. Salvatore Levita and Palmetto Police Department Officer Doug Marston.

Officers put lives on line

One of the things that the Hundred Club does is to provide a check for $7,500immediately to the family of any officer who dies in the line of duty, said past club president Dan E. Molter, whose father, Bob, was one of a handful of Manatee County men who started the Hundred Club in the early 1980s.

Charter members includ-ed Bob Molter, BennyGroover, Dr. RichardMcGuire and Mike Massimo.

"You are an amazing group of people," Steube told the Hundred Club. "Your support goes beyond words."

The Hundred Club is hosting its 30th annual barbecue for law enforcement at 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the FOP Lodge, 1825 11th St. W., Bradenton.

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