Manatee names Gerholdt top Deputy of May

May 28, 2014 

MANATEE -- Deputy Michael Gerholdt was one of the first deputies on the scene May 5 when a suicidal man was holding a knife to his throat.

Gerholdt used his stun gun twice to disarm him, but it was ineffective and the man cut his throat badly.

Gerholdt developed a rapport with the man, talking with him and keeping him calm, which allowed time to strategize to take him into custody. The man was transported to the hospital and treated for his wounds.

"Deputy Michael Gerholdt's interpersonal skills during this crisis contributed to an unstable person being restrained and receiving medical attention, for which he is awarded Deputy of the Month for May 2014," said Sheriff Brad Steube in a press release.

Caring employee awarded Manatee monthly honor

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has named Paula Styles Employee of the Month for May.

Styles was assigned a case alleging maltreatment of children where there had been prior investigations. She reviewed the past cases, conducted interviews and determined the mother had a history of mental illness and was not taking her medications.

The mother had made comments that if she were going to die, her children were going with her.

Styles worked closely with relatives and the school guidance counselor to monitor the children's behavior and well-being. After a diligent and thorough investigation, the children were removed from the mother's custody and placed with relatives.

In addition to her supervisor, the school counselor expressed compliments for Style's caring demeanor and the impressive manner with which she handled the case.

-- Herald staff reports

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