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Pinellas deputy receives national recognition

Two Pinellas County law enforcement members received recognition for their individual efforts last week.

Pinellas County Deputy James Butterfield was named the 2014 Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor of the Year by the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Butterfield, who has been with the office since 2001, is thelead advisor for Pinellas Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900.

The Explorer Program allows area youths an opportunity to learn about careers in public safety, and Post 900 is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Explorers get firsthand experience on patrols, at corrections facilities, with forensics specialist and more.

He will officially receive his award at the National Sheriff’s Association Conference on June 21-25 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Butterfield became Explorer Post 900’s Lead Advisor in January 2010 and he manages a group of nearly 40 youths.

According to the Sheriff’s Office press release, Post 900 currently holds first place in the state for law enforcement scenario competition and the honor guard competition, and second place in both shooting and drill.

The Sheriff’s Office presented a different set of awards last Friday at an event in Dunedin.

Barbara Herzog, the office’s School Crossing Guard Regional Coordinator, was presented with a certificate for her 35 years of service.

Friday’s event celebrated the state’s 2014 School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day and was held at the Elk’s Lodge No. 1525, in Dunedin.

Also awarded were 12 Length of Service certificates, 30 Florida Department of Transportation badges, eight FDOT trainer certificates and 30 perfect attendance certificates.

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