Our Town Wimauma
HCSO Deputy Marcano Recognized for Excellence

By Mitch Traphagen (mitch@observernews.net)

WIMAUMA - The new Wimauma Community Sheriff’s office was filled with deputies, community leaders and even some of the top brass in the sheriff’s office. The group all came together on Sept. 19 to recognize the service of HCSO Deputy Joel Marcano, with Jim DeGrasse of the Wimauma Civic Association presenting a community Award of Excellence.

"Joel’s heart is here in Wimauma," said HCSO Major Jerry York. "He’s a good guy, he’s a good deputy. He epitomizes the sheriff’s office."

Marcano graciously accepted his award by saying, "None of it would be possible without a lot of people backing me up. I’m going to keep giving 100 percent."

In addition to Major York, the presentation was attended by HCSO Captain Ed Duncan, Sun City Center Community Resource Deputy Rob Thornton, Deputy Jim Blasyk and Community Service Officer Hal Kee.

Attending from the Wimauma Community were Pastor Dennis Edgar, Pastor Garris, president of the Wimauma Citizens Improvement League, Steve Carroll, retired police officer and chairman of the Wimauma Community Association, Homer Kirk, retired Manatee County Sheriff’s Lieutenant and member of the Wimauma Community Association and Jim DeGrasse, president of the Wimauma Community Association.

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