Recovered from its injury, the hawk wastransported to its release site - in a moresuitable carrier.(FWC photo)
While maintaining control of my truck on the wet road, I was alsofending off flying feathers, flapping wings, a stiletto-like beak andrazor-sharp talons. I stopped the truck, jumped out in the pouringrain and grabbed my rain jacket from the back and used it tosubdue the hawk. Though soaked and a bit disheveled, I arrived atthe Wildlife Center of Venice with no further injuries to the hawk -or myself.Fortunately, the hawk's wing was not broken, and we were able torelease the bird a little more than a week later. I was also thegrateful recipient of a gift from the Wildlife Center, an animal cratethat will help prevent further comedic episodes with temporarilystunned wildlife.Top of page
Doing the heavy lifting
By Katie Purcell, Law EnforcementEvery June, law enforcement officers, firefighters and military personnel take part in theFlorida Police and FireGames.Thousands of participants, from over 200 different agencies, compete in Olympic-style sporting events.The FWC had a successful year in the weightlifting events.
Officer Billy Giles
Officer Joe Johnston
, bothof the
North Central Region
, earned medals in their weight classes. Billy won gold medals for bench pressand power lifting in the 220-pound class. In his first weightlifting competition, Joe won the gold medal in powerlifting and silver in bench press in the 242-pound class.Their accomplishments are impressive enough on their own,but perhaps what is even more noteworthy is that
achieved this less than a year after suffering seriouslacerations to his legs in a boating accident.The accident occurred last August and required severalsurgeries. Billy's doctor told him that had he not been insuch good physical shape, his femoral artery could havebeen cut, which could have been fatal. Billy vowed torecover from his injuries and return to the competitionstronger than ever. He returned to full duty in Novemberand resumed training in December.Billy and Joe work out for 90 minutes three or four times aweek, focusing on squats, bench press and dead-lifts.The hard work seems to be paying off. Billy moved up fromthe 198-pound weight class and achieved his personal bestin all three categories in which he participated.
K-9 Officer Billy Giles (L) and Officer Joe Johnston withtheir medals from the Florida Police and Fire Games.Johnston is awaiting the arrival of his silver medal.(FWC photo by Karen Parker)
Serves Them Right
Citizens and FWC customers were so impressed by the following employees, they told us about it through the"Praise an Employee" page of MyFWC.com/Contact:
Andrea Boliek (HSC)
- "...My brother's truck was not properly equipped for off-roading, and he got usstuck...We were lucky that Andrea...saw us...and she was able to pull our Jeep out of the mud. She took the timeto explain to us (very nicely) that what we were doing was actually frowned upon because of the resourcedepletion...She asked for nothing in return only that we respect the land and not do that sort of thing again..."
Nancy Brock (L&P)
- "I wanted to take the time to thank Nancy & the entire team for being so helpful and kind