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GOOD SAMARITAN SPOTLIGHT – THE TRUE MEANING OF “IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO PROTECT A COMMUNITY”

As Sheriff, I often get the opportunity to acknowledge our amazing Deputies and team members for their actions and heroic efforts, however today, I am honored to recognize one of our incredible citizens who saw something and did something!!

Tuesday evening, during our Brevard Public Schools Board Meeting, our agency recognized Maria Fisher, for her heroic actions on September 20, 2023, after being nominated by Fairglen Elementary School Resource Deputy, Corporal Vicki Sumlin.

During dismissal on September 20th, a 3 year old developmentally delayed student broke free from a staff member and took off running straight into a nearby body of water!! As the staff member immediately radioed for help and began yelling for assistance, Fisher, the owner of Koala-T-Care Learning Center, jumped out of her vehicle in the car loop line, and began running to assist. Immediately jumping into the water and grabbing the child who had already become entangled in the duckweed, Fisher pulled the child to safety and then handed him off to the staff member, before getting out of the water herself!!

There is no question that Maria’s quick response and bravery resulted in the child quickly and safely being removed from any potential harm!! You hear me say all the time that “it takes a community to protect a community” and this incident is a profound exclamation point on just how true that statement really is!!

Please join me in thanking Maria Fisher of Koala-T-Care Learning Center for her incredible commitment and courage to keep our citizens safe!!

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Sheriff Wayne Ivey

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