Life-saving FWC officer is SLECA Officer of the Year
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Media contact: Carol Pratt, 850-251-2212
The State Law Enforcement Chiefs' Association
(SLECA) awarded its 2009 Officer of the Year award to Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Benjamin "Bret"
Gill. He received the award Feb. 18 at a ceremony in
Gill is credited with risking his life to save the
life of a 28-year-old woman after he entered a burning vehicle to
pull her to safety. In addition, the officer is recognized for
making numerous fish and wildlife, felony warrant and drug
possession arrests and assisting in the capture of a suspected
"In the short time that he has been with the
agency, he has impressed us time and time again," said Col. Jim
Brown, the FWC's director of the Division of Law Enforcement. "He
is truly an asset to the agency, and we are very proud of him."
Gill is stationed in the North Central Region of
the state. He joined the FWC in 2005. Since then, he was selected
as the FWC's Officer of the Year, the Officer of the Year for the
Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers, he
is the recipient of the Shikar-Safari Club International Officer of
the Year Award and he has received two awards from the North
American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association for his
dedication and heroism.
"I'm not at all surprised that Officer Gill won
another award," said Rodney Barreto, chairman of the FWC. "He
exemplifies what an officer should be: determined, committed,
caring and bright."
SLECA provides training and educational
opportunities so members can better manage state law enforcement
agencies. The organization also fosters mutual understanding among
different types of state law enforcement functions. It promotes
professionalism, ethical conduct and competency in the field of law
enforcement; and provides outreach and public awareness on issues
affecting state law enforcement agencies. SLECA provides a forum
for state law enforcement agencies to share best practices that
create more efficient and effective delivery of law enforcement
services to the public.