Jill Freel top employee
MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office named Jill Freel its Employee of the Month for August.
On June 25, Freel handled a 911 call from a man who said his wife had barricaded herself in the bathroom with a gun, according to the news release. Freel informed him deputies were on their way.
Freel asked the husband to hold the phone to the door and she began to call the wife's name. She could hear the woman crying and Freel used her training to convince her to open the door and place the gun outside.
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Afterward, the woman closed the door again, but deputies were able to get her to come out of the bathroom.
Manatee deputies share monthly award
MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has named Christopher Ralston and Rebecca Sehorne as co-Deputies of the Month for August.
On March 4, Ralston arrived at the Manatee Technical College main campus on State Road 70 where a driver had pulled over because a passenger suffered cardiac arrest. Witnesses were already administering CPR, according to the news release. Sehorne and the MTC school resource officer, also arrived to assist.
Ralston began chest compressions as Sehorne assisted with breathing. The man was revived and stabilized before being taken to a local hospital, according to the report.
Florida anglers can target snook starting Sept. 1
MANATEE -- The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide.
While the fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages anglers use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home. Gulf snook numbers now exceed FWC management goals, but are still rebuilding to pre-cold-kill levels.
Snook are closed to harvest Dec. 1 through the end of February, and May 1 through Aug. 31 in Gulf state and federal waters.
Management measures such as the one-fish-per-person, per-day bag limit, annual closed seasons and size limits will help continue rebuilding snook populations. In the Gulf, snook must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length.
A snook permit as well as a recreational saltwater license is required unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirement.
Anna Maria will gain lifesaving patrol Monday
ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- Manatee County Public Safety will launch a lifesaving patrol unit at 8:30 a.m. Monday on Anna Maria Island at the Marine Rescue Building, 2651 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach.
The quick-response vehicle, the first of its kind on Florida's Gulf Coast, will patrol Anna Maria Island beaches with a marine rescue paramedic trained in lifeguarding proficiencies, according to the news release. The patrol unit will offer advanced life support, which lifeguards cannot, Marine Rescue Chief Joe Westerman said in the release.
-- Herald staff reports