21st annual Bradenton classic race adds 1K

July 29, 2013 

Deputy pilots Dave Bouffard and Brent Wineka with the FLIR video award.PHOTO PROVIDED

21st annual classic race adds 1K

BRADENTON -- Registration is open at CanesClassic.com for the 21st annual Canes Cross Country Classic 5K and 1K on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

The 5K begins at 8 a.m. The 1K is at 9 a.m.

Awards go six deep. Door prizes, unique shirt designs and refreshments.

Go to CanesClassic.com for more information.

Sarasota aviation unit video recognized at conference

ORLANDO -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit was awarded third place in the FLIR Vision Awards presented at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual conference.

FLIR Vision Awards are presented annually to airborne law enforcement teams with the best video of a rescue, apprehension or surveillance mission.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office video was chosen from more than 40 entries. It showed the pursuit and capture of five suspects in a jewelry store robbery Nov. 6, 2012. The footage showed the suspects scatter near PGT and Interstate 75 after they bailed from their vehicle.

The Air-1 crew of Deputy/Pilot Dave Bouffard and Deputy/Pilot Brent Wineka guided deputies toward the suspects hiding in the lake and warned them of potential hazards, including alligators.

The Aviation Unit includes four pilots and seven tactical flight officers.

As part of the award, a $1,000 donation is made on behalf of the Aviation Unit to the charitable organization of its choice, which is the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

-- Herald staff reports

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