For Immediate Release
June 9, 2014
Contact: Nicole Lesson
“It was truly an honor to share this special occasion with our public safety professionals that place their lives at risk every day to serve our residents and help make the Town of Miami Lakes a safe place to live work and play,” Mayor Wayne Slaton said. “We commend their work and are grateful for their service to the Town.”
Sergeant Ruesga is being recognized for his exemplary leadership skills, outstanding dedication to duty, and initiative which has helped to make the Town of Miami Lakes a safer neighborhood.
Sergeant Ruesga is the Commander of the General Investigative Unit (GIU) for the Town of Miami Lakes Police Section and generally handles the duties normally done by 5-6 sergeants in a regular District including; auto theft, burglary, persons crimes, crime analysis, administration, and street crimes. He also supervises a team of five detectives and helps coordinate the “Best Practices” program within Police Services.
Sergeant Ruesga has been instrumental in putting together several operation plans to help reduce and prevent the incidents of targeted crimes including Grinch Busters Enforcement Initiative and Halloween Initiative; Burglary details for residences and vehicles; Operation Crime Free; Operation Safe Summer; Enhancement Patrol and Narcotics Grant Detail.
“Whether it is a simple or major situation, he handles them in a proficient and professional manner and responds to scene regardless of the time, when necessary,” Police Major Gene Dieppa, who presented the award, said. “Sergeant Ruesga‘s attitude towards his job, police work, and the public is outstanding, he is truly an example of what a real public servant is.”
With a notable career of 21 years of public service, Captain Latimore has continuously excelled in all her assignments since she first began in 1993 when she was hired as a Public Service Aide for the Miami-Dade Police Department. In April of 1995, she was promoted to Police Officer and later that same year, she reached her ultimate goal of becoming a Firefighter for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. In addition to 19 years of firefighting, Latimore has also been employed as a part-time Police Officer for Virginia Gardens for the last 15 years.
The theme that runs throughout Captain Latimore’s evaluations is that of a dedicated, dependable, meticulous, compassionate, and self-directed Fire Captain. Additionally, her expertise, professionalism, and commitment to the highest standards have been recognized formally as evidenced by numerous commendations and letters of recognition.
“It has been a privilege to have been an instructor for Captain Latimore during her career and I am very proud of her and all that she has accomplished,” Councilman Nelson Rodriguez said. “Captain Latimore being named Firefighter of the Year is a well-deserved honor.”
Officer of the Year- (from left) The Town of Miami Lakes Councilman Frank Mingo; Councilman Ceasar Mestre; Officer of the Year Sergeant Eduardo Ruesga; Mayor Wayne Slaton; Town Manager Alex Rey; Councilman Nelson Rodriguez; and Councilman Tim Daubert join members of the Public Safety Committee and members of the Town of Miami Lakes Police Section including Police Major Gene Dieppa for Public Safety Committee’s Appreciation Day on May 17 at Roberto Alonso Community Center/Royal Oaks Park.
Firefighter of the Year- Firefighter of the Year Captain Nicky Latimore is joined by Town of Miami Lakes Councilman Frank Mingo; Councilman Ceasar Mestre; Mayor Wayne Slaton; Councilman Nelson Rodriguez; Town Manager Alex Rey; and Councilman Tim Daubert along with members of the Public Safety Committee and members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.