Born on December 9, 1972, Tommy is my best friend. Tommy is my hero. You can have all the friends in the world yet still be alone in a crowd of them. Some people throw the word “friend” and “love” around so frequently that it’s meaning has become diluted over the years to become nothing more than just a word. When you find a real friend you just know ……maybe you can put your finger on it and maybe not, you just know. The first time I met Tommy I would have never guessed we would be friends, but we did. His smile was magnetic, he loved his wife and family and his job and doing good for the community was his dream. He loved wearing green. I know that Tommy is with me every day. I find my lips moving while I am driving somewhere and hear myself talking to him like he is right next to me because he is, because I believe it. We all have a purpose. I want to be the kind of man Tommy is in my heart and was in my life. My purpose is to keep his memory alive, one friend at a time.
Master Deputy Joseph S. Hover, a 24-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office,
was injured during defensive tactics training and died on October 8, 2005,
of complications from surgery to treat his injury. Master Deputy Hover
was the first Sheriff’s Office investigator to specialize in auto theft cases.
To honor his memory, the agency’s Curtis King Boulevard substation,
which houses the Auto Theft Unit and other agency components was
renamed the “Master Deputy Joseph S. Hover Substation.”
SLCSO Captain Charlie Scavuzzo
Charles Scavuzzo died suddenly at his home in Port Saint Lucie, Florida on
September 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife of twenty years, Tonya, his
three wonderful children, Sydney, Nicholas, and Lyndsey, his mother Ethel,
and his siblings, Lori, and Robert Quist of Grand Rapids, MI. He is preceded
in death by his father, Frank. Charlie was a Captain who commanded the
Criminal Investigations Division of the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
He passionately served his community through law enforcement for 28+ years.
He worked in various divisions including the Special Investigations Unit and
Road Patrol. He also worked alongside federal, state, and local agencies.
Charlie volunteered extensively in his community. He served with the Fort
Pierce Police Athletic League as a board member. He also served as a coach,
board member, Vice President, and President of the Port Saint Lucie Athletic
Association. Charlie also was a board member of the Boys and Girls Club
of Saint Lucie County where he organized a multitude of events to benefit
and better the community. Charlie was an amazing husband, father, son,
brother, and friend. He was respected and admired by many. His impact is
monumental, and his legacy is everlasting.
PSL PD Officer Tim Sanders
Tim was a hero to everyone who knew him. Born on July 31, 1958, he was
also my wife Maria’s zone partner for some time, an expert marksman and
gun enthusiast yet very quiet and unassuming. He loved his job and what he
did for the community he lived in as much as he loved his wife Amy. He was
a hero to many that knew him, and I had that privilege for many years. In
this picture, Tim honored another friend and hero, Tommy Worthington.
PSL PD Officer George Lee Rehm
Lee was born on June 23, 1974. As an officer with Port St Lucie PD, Lee
served in many positions including road patrol, the gang unit, Crisis
Negotiation Team and detective. Lee was the proud husband to his wife
Amanda and son Larson and daughter Gabrielle all of whom he loved more
than life itself. Lee always had a smile and a big brother hug whether he
saw you daily or just once in a while.
PSL PD Officer Tom Eisert
Tom was born on August 28, 1970, he took great pride in serving his
community to keep it safe for everyone including his wife Katie and
his daughter Bella. I had the honor of meeting Tom towards the end
of his life but found him to be an awesome and genuine person who
died a hero and left it a better place because of his life in it.
SLCSO Deputy Sergeant Robert Valentine
Born October 18, 1972, Rob was born to serve and loved
his job as much as he loved his wife Jennifer and his family.
He always had a smile on his face.
SLCSO K-9 Vasko
K-9 Vasko of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office died
on June 25, 2004 from gunshot wounds he received
while he and his partner were apprehending a
kidnapping and carjacking suspect.