Exchange Club of Indian River honored Deputy Romeo Santana and Sgt. Jeremy Shepherd with its Law Enforcement Officers of the Quarter Award. Jennifer Frederick, chair of the Club’s officer award committee, presented the awards to them at a luncheon meeting at C.J. Cannon’s Restaurant. Deputy Santana and Sgt. Shepherd were recognized for their heroic actions rescuing six residents of Vista Royale, 97 Springlake Drive, Vero Beach, from a blazing fire in their homes about two o’clock in the morning of May 26, 2018. The officers were among the first to respond to the emergency call. No injuries were reported, thanks to their quick actions.
Deputy Santana has served the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy on road patrol for more than 1½ years. Sgt. Shepherd has been with the Sheriff’s Office for fifteen years. During that time he has worked as a deputy and a sergeant on road patrol and as a detective in sex crimes in Investigative Services. His next assignment is as a sergeant in Investigative Services. They were accompanied to the presentation by Major Eric Flowers, Captain Milo Thornton, and Lt. Steve Stoll.
Exchange Club of Indian River is a group of men and women working together since 1973 to make our community a better place to live through programs of service in Americanism, Youth Activities, Community Service, and the Prevention of Child Abuse. It is affiliated with America’s service club, the National Exchange Club. Members meet for lunch at Culinary Capers each Wednesday at noon. Meetings feature programs on a wide range of business, government and civic, charity, personal, and professional topics.
The Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation was founded in 2001 exclusively for charitable purposes, specifically to aid in the prevention of child abuse. Because members believe every child in their community should have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, and strong, this charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation funds local projects in pursuit of this goal. These projects are supported through fundraising events such as the Third Annual Toss Out Child Abuse (TOCA) Charity Cornhole Tournament to be held at Walking Tree Brewery on Saturday, March 9, and the Black & White Masquerade Ball held each October.
Persons interested in learning more about membership in the Club, working for the prevention of child abuse, or donating to the Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation’s Child Abuse Prevention Fund may contact 2018-2019 club president Nancy Gollnick at 772-532-8758 or firstname.lastname@example.org or seek further information from any club member.