May 8, 2006 State Attorney Norm Wolfinger and Sheriff Don Eslinger Name Top Cops, Attorneys, Advocates for Victims

Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger and Sheriff Don Eslinger named the City/County Auto Task Force as the recipients of the Hugh Thomas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award on Wednesday, April 26.

The awards were presented during the Victims' Rights Week Luncheon in Longwood. The annual observation of Victims' Rights coincides with the national event and highlights those officers, attorneys, advocates, and support staff who honor crime victims by treating them with dignity, respect, and compassion and work to prevent further victimization.

Assistant State Attorney Sue Pierce was named by Wolfinger as the Victims' Rights Week Attorney of the Year. Pierce handles duties in Mental Health Court, Drug Court, Arraignments, the Early Resolution Program and prosecutes major felon cases. She has been a member of Wolfinger's staff since 1990.

Victim's Advocate of the Year is Debbra Groseclose, Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Kids House of Seminole. The recipient of the Outstanding Service Award is Debbie Fuller, secretary in the State Attorney's Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Division.

The Seminole Leadership Award went to Seminole County Commissioner Brenda Carey for her work in domestic violence prevention with the Seminole Safehouse.

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