Tampa, FL September 11, 2012 -
Sumter County Sheriff's Office Presents Vigilance Award to TPD Officer and Two TGH Nurses
Officer Wilson, TGH Nurse Jones and TGH Nurse Mussenden stepped in to assist an SCSO deputy in need
Sumter County Sheriff William "Bill" Farmer Jr. and Major Steve Binegar Sr. will present the SCSO Vigilance Award to TPD Officer Nick Wilson and TGH nurses Carolina Jones and Gina Mussenden.
September 12, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.
Tampa Police Headquarters, 411 North Franklin Street, Tampa
On May 3, 2012, Sumter County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dina M. Mitrani was keeping an eye on an inmate at Tampa General Hospital. The inmate was secured to a gurney with leg restraints. While the deputy and the male inmate were alone, he lunged violently towards her and wrestled her to the ground. TGH nurses Carolina Jones and Gina Mussenden heard the commotion and entered the room. They assisted Deputy Mitrani who was struggling with the inmate. The inmate was able to remove a ball point pen from Nurse Mussenden's shirt pocket and attempted to stab the victims with it. During the struggle, Deputy Mitrani was able to secure one handcuff on the inmate and the nurses were able to hold him down until additional help arrived. TPD Officer Nick Wilson responded to the hospital room and quickly assisted with securing the inmate back on gurney. Once the inmate was secured, Officer Wilson turned his attention to the victims and ensured they were all treated for any injuries. He contacted TPD's Crisis Incident Stress Management group who dispatched an officer to speak with Deputy Mitrani to ensure her emotional well-being.
Officer Wilson, Nurse Jones and Nurse Mussenden went above and beyond their normal duties to ensure the physical and emotional safety of SCSO Deputy Mitrani. For those reasons, they are being recognized with the SCSO Vigilance Award by Sheriff William "Bill" Farmer. Please join us as we honor these three outstanding individuals.
Officer Irene Thomas
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