Chief's Corner

Police Chief's Corner - Newsletter
February 2019

Text to 911 is Now Available in Flagler County

Flagler County Board of County Commissioners and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office are proud to announce that Text to 911 is now available in Flagler County. Text-to-911 refers to the ability to send text messages to local 911 call centers during an emergency.

Texting in an emergency may be beneficial for people who have trouble hearing or speaking, or if a voice call is not a viable option. Users must have a cell phone data plan that allows texting.

"We are excited to have this new technology in Flagler County and we know that it will save lives,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “We always want callers to call 911 in an emergency if possible. If calling 911 will put you in danger or if you have difficulty hearing or speaking, texting 911 is now an option. Remember to CALL when you can, TEXT when you can’t."

How to text 911 in an emergency

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

The Bunnell Police Department is participating once again in this year's Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. Come out to Veterans Park in Flagler Beach on February 2, 2019 from 9 until noon and support BPD and Specila Olymnpics.

Polar Plunge Flyer

Bunnell PD Promotes 2

At the January 28, 2019 City Commission Meeting, Police Chief Tom Foster announced the promotion of two of his officers.

Groth's Grandmother pins his corporal badge on his uniform

The first was the promotion of Officer Shane Groth to Corporal. Shane has been with Bunnell Police for 6 years and established himself as a proactive police officer. “He continues to lead by example and is well deserving of the rank of corporal” said Chief Foster. In sticking with tradition, a member of Shane’s family, his grandmother, came up and pinned his Corporal badge on his uniform. (photo to right)

Matt's Wife and daughters pin his Sergeant badge on his uniform

Corporal Matthew Mortimer was promoted to Sergeant. “It has been a long time since we had a sergeant in this agency, and it is time to bring that rank back” said Chief Foster. Matt has been with Bunnell Police Department for 13 years, he is an excellent trainer and established himself leader amongst the officers. Matt’s Wife and daughters pinned the sergeant badge on his uniform.

In somewhat of a surprise to now Sergeant Mortimer, Chief Foster also presented him with a Life Saving award. Chief Foster explained Matt and a Flagler County Deputy responded to a call for service where they found a man down with no pulse. Matt and the Deputy gave countless rounds of CPR to the individual until relieved by Flagler County Fire Rescue. The man’s life was saved.

Chief Foster stated, “I am proud to promote both of these fine officers and look forward to their further development”.