Demi Borden & Brandi Swick
On Monday, April 4, 2018, I responded to an outside agency assist from Daytona Beach Shores PD, who were looking for a hit and run suspect vehicle. The vehicle involved had struck another occupied vehicle and was reportedly fleeing the scene southbound from Dunlawton Ave. on Cardinal Ave. While actively looking for the vehicle, I received an update from VCSO Dispatch that the vehicle was reportedly parked in a residential driveway in Ponce Inlet. Upon my arrival to that location, I observed a male laying on the ground vomiting, and a female standing over him. The vehicle in the driveway matched the suspect vehicle description, was still running, had both doors open, and had fresh front end damage.At the bottom of the driveway were Demi Borden and Brandi Swick, sitting in Demi’s car. They had witnessed the crash, saw the vehicle leave the scene, followed it to its final stop in Ponce Inlet, and called VCSO dispatch with the information. I briefly spoke with these two upstanding young residents and they identified the driver of the vehicle. The Shores arrived some time later and concluded their investigation resulting in hit and run charges being filed on the driver.I believe that without the actions of Demi and Brandi, the vehicle may not have been found, and certainly the driver would not have been identified or charged. Their desire to do the right thing was commended with 2 Actively Caring For People (AC4P) bracelets issued early this evening.
Sergeant Corey Mead, Ponce Inlet PD
Mr. Brandon Pierce of Port Orange was issued an AC4P wristband on March 26th, 2018 for the unselfish and kind acts he displayed during the early morning hours of March 3rd, 2018. The details of the incident are in her story.
Hello my Name is Maria, and i've lived in Ponce Inlet most all my life i recently moved out of state due to a family illness but i own a condo this past week of Tues. morning March the 6th at about 7:00 am a Young man in a Tan & Black uniform was walking towards me when my dog pulled me down and ran across the street this young man in the uniform ran towards me asking if i was alright enough for him to try and get my dog before being hit by traffic and at this Hour in the morning it was still pretty dark but i told yes please get my dog before she is ran over. this young man pulled out a flashlight on his side with a strobe to get traffic to stop and understand that was a reason someone was in the road stopping traffic to save my dog of 7 yrs he was able to catch my run away and return to help me up meanwhile no one else bothered to stop to see what had happened or if anyone needed help luckily this young man had a medical kit in hid backpack to wrap up and clean my bleeding Elbow. after i asked his name he said my names Brandon Pierce and he stated he worked across the street at the Towers AT Ponce Inlet and that he was One of Security Officers. He then offered to call the local EMS or someone i knew if i needed and i said no i should be fine now thank you thank you so much for everything. This is Someone i think that should be honored with one of the wrist band
David and Matthew
While looking for a suspicious subject in the 4800blk. of the beach, Officer Schleifer and I observed a man and his son who had bicycled to the beach approach with garbage bags in hand. They were identified as David Stresen and his son, Matthew. Due to recent storm activity, the beach was full of seaweed and trash that had washed up. The Stresens began picking up the trash in an effort to help beautify the community. Both were given AC4P bands and David was given the AC4P card with instructions to “pass it on.”
Ponce Inlet resident Ruthanne has an electric mobility scooter that she uses to get around her home. Beth is a good friend that looks after Ruthanne daily. She makes sure Ruthanne is doing well, doesn't need anything, keeps her company, and brings her garbage cans, mail, etc., to her from the street to save her the trips. Ruthanne wishes to recognize Beth Libert for Actively Caring 4 People. Ms. Libert's kindness and caring help keep the community safe and strong. Beth received a blue bracelet today from Sergeant Corey Mead.
Isabella Hennesy & Alexandra Spanos
While on routine patrol Ponce Inlet Officer Brad Craig observed some young children operating a lemonade stand. He stopped and purchased a glass of lemonade and learned that one of the young girls was donating all of her proceeds to a children's hospital to help sick kids and the other girl was donating all of her proceeds to a an animal shelter to help people's injured and sick pets. Officer Craig was touched that children at their young ages would spend all day selling lemonade and willing to donate their earnings to great causes. He explained the AC4P program to them and informed them that in his opinion both of the girls clearly deserved a bracelet for their actions of willing to work and put it towards helping sick children and peoples pets in need. He presented both of the children with a bracelet. The 1st girl is Isabella Hennesy and the 2nd girl is Alexandra Spanos both of Ponce Inlet.
Kirk H. Stephens
Ponce Inlet resident Kirk H. Stephens noticed a suspicious character loitering in the parking lot of the condominiums where he lives. Realizing that the subject was possibly engaging in criminal activities Mr. Stephens notified authorities and provided a thorough description of the subject and events that occurred. It was later determined that the subject was attempting a car burglary and was scared off when Mr. Stephens took notice of his behavior. Mr. Stephens was given an AC4P wrist band because his concern for his community resulted in the interruption of a possible car burglary and the development of a viable suspect.
Lee & Barbara
"Lee and Barbara deserve this band because they exude caring and kindness towards their neighbors. They have gone out of their way to help our neighbor and have treated him as though he was part of their family. They have given him a new lease on life by getting him services he needed, by making sure he has paid his bills, by making sure his house has electricity and a working refrigerator and most importantly letting him know that someone cares for him. The Ponce Inlet Police are awesome for having this program and in my eyes no one deserves this award more than Lee and Barbara."
Lee and Barbara were awarded blue wristbands and asked to "Pass It On."
Margaret noticed a need at a neighbor's house. She cleaned the neighbor's home from top to bottom. She located new furniture for his home, planted flowers outside, and mowed his yard. Margaret frequently takes him meals, grocery shopping, and to doctor's appointments. She has taken the neighbor to Inlet Harbor on his birthday and most recently to the Garden Club Ice Cream Social. Margaret has dramatically improved the quality of her neighbor's life. We were extremely proud to present Margaret a blue wristband for her selfless acts of kindness.
David & Margot Russell
David and Margot Russell of New Brunswick, Canada donated 2 bicycles to the Ponce Inlet Police Department. The Russell's have donated bikes on several occasions over the past several years after they purchase and use them during their annual month long visit to Ponce Inlet. Corporal Miguel Rodriquez and Officer Gary Schliefer recognized the Russell's generous act of kindness and caring by awarding them a AC4P wrist band. The Russell's stated that they are both looking forward to their opportunity to "pay it forward."
Mr. Alan Burnworth who is a longtime Ponce Inlet resident stopped by the Ponce Inlet Police Department and dropped off some frozen meatballs. He provided enough meatballs for the entire police department. When asked what the occasion was he said it was to show his appreciation. Mr. Burnworth has done this sort of thing in the past and is always very kind and caring toward the town employees. He was provided an AC4P wristband and asked to "Pass It On."