June 23, 2008 State Attorney Norm Wolfinger Names Top Cop, Prosecutor, Advocate in Seminole County During Victims' Rights Week

State Attorney Norm Wolfinger named Casselberry Police Detective Michael A. Toole as the Hugh Thomas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year on Wednesday at the annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Andrea Conte, first lady of Tennessee, was the key speaker for the tribute to crime victims during the program which honors top law enforcement, advocates, workers, and prosecutors for their efforts toward "Justice for Victims. Justice for All," the theme of this year's observation.

Other award recipients were Attorney of the Year, Kerri Drey, Domestic Violence Division Chief in Wolfinger's office and State Attorney Outstanding Service Award for Kathi Mehr, receptionist for the state attorney's office. Sandra Jernigan, a volunteer with the Altamonte Springs Police Department was awarded the Outstanding Service Award for a member of a community agency working in the criminal justice system.

Nellie Duran, legal advocate for Safehouse of Seminole, was selected as the Victim Advocate of the Year.

Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger was selected to receive the Community Leadership Award for the year.

All of the winners were nominated by coworkers or community members who have observed their interaction and assistance to victims of crime during the past year.

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