Salute the Badge: WCTV recognizes local heroes

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- As part of our 'Salute the Badge' special series, each week we'll introduce you to local law enforcement officials who go above and beyond to serve the community.

For our latest Salute the Badge stories, click the links below:

Leon County EMT saves lives, shares message of belonging
Lieutenant Jessica Daniels has been with the Leon County EMS for six years, serving the community she grew up in.

Tallahassee Police officer breaks barriers, gives back to community
Officer Tyesha Gates has volunteered her time with the Tallahassee Police Athletic League for seven years, showing kids techniques and helping them get closer to their dreams.

Local EMS manager gives back to community and veterans
For some people, a telephone ring is just a ring. But for Chief Mac Kemp of Leon County EMS, it means someone's in danger.

School resource officer builds trust with students
Deputy Matthew Fischer's primary job is protecting students at Gadsden High School.

Longtime lawman now singing different note
Bobby Key has preached in more than 150 churches as a Chaplain and calls himself a "Christian Cop," because he truly believes his calling is policing and preaching.

Keeping children out of trouble music to former Hamilton County deputy's ears
The woman behind the music at New Bethel AME Church every Thursday is retired Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Emily Lumpkin.

Tallahassee firefighter helps those struggling with cancer
The Tallahassee Fire Department's Sarah Cooksey is the president of Pink Heals Tallahassee; a national organization that raises money for cancer patients.

State trooper sets sights on next generation of drivers
Most know Master Cpl. Patricia Jefferson-Shaw simply as PJ. They'll tell you it isn’t the patrol life she enjoys so much, but rather educating the next generation about driving safety and community policing.

Leon County deputy dedicates time to the force and the community
In his 20 years of serving, Leon County Deputy Dean Crump has done it all.

Sheriff's deputy protecting Tallahassee while also serving our nation
Keeping Tallahassee safe is all Leon County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Jamieson knows.

Jasper officer laying groundwork for better lives for youth in his community
Patrolling the streets and connecting with residents. Two duties that go hand-in-hand for Jasper Police Officer Reggie Akins.

Lowndes County investigator going above and beyond
Investigator Trent Houston helps solve crimes at the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, but in his free time, he's working with the next generation.

TPD officer making it easier for those who are hard of hearing
Lieutenant Robert Digonzalez is an administrative officer at the Tallahassee Police Department, where he ensures fellow officers have everything they need.

TPD officer spearheads women's defense class, mentors local youths
Sgt. Maria Mercurio spends most of her days investigating criminal mischief, vandalism and animal abuse, but her passion goes beyond the Tallahassee Police Department.

GCSO Sgt. Hightower loves connecting with community
With her eyes fixed on crime, Gadsden County Sergeant Angie Hightower is a woman of many titles; literally.

LCSO detective protects and serves citizens, animals alike
When you come across an unfamiliar animal, you might find yourself frightened. But that's not the case for Leon County Sheriff's Detective Emily Shaw.

Community at the heart of the Live Oak Police Department
Police Chief Buddy Williams and the Live Oak Police Department are working hard to make sure the community feels supported by local law enforcement.

Passion and love drives one deputy on and off the force
Serving, protecting and connecting; those are just some of the words you can use to describe Deputy Mike Wallace.

LCSO deputy fighting more than just crime
Lieutenant Jimmy Goodman of the Leon County Sheriff's Office donates his spare time to the American Cancer Association, producing events to help raise money, with the help of colleagues and friends.

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