VIN'S PEOPLE: Rapid responses save Manatee County sergeant's life

Vin Mannix
Vin Mannix

A bow to Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jared Leggett and Holmes Beach Police Sergeant Thomas Fraser. Leggett is January’s Deputy of the Month and both he and Fraser received MCSO’s Lifesaving Award.

They’ve also earned MCSO Sergeant Brett Getman’s eternal gratitude. It was the pair’s rapid reactions that helped save his life.

Last December Getman suffered a heart attack and collapsed in his Anna Maria Island Unit office. Leggett jumped into action, performing CPR, applying an AED defibrillator and radioing for help. Fraser was nearby and quickly responded to assist Leggett with CPR.

EMTs and Blake Hospital medical staff have determined that, had it not been for Leggett and Fraser, a former Philadelphia cop, the incident would’ve ended tragically.

· Uh, oh! Jeremy Nance is one year shy of the Big 4-0!

· Big ups to the Saint Stephen’s School girls weightlifting team, district champions and regional qualifiers in their very first year as a program.

“The girls have earned every bit of the success they've had this year,” Coach Erik Schulz said. “I couldn't be happier with how they've worked and what they have accomplished.”

The Falcons are seniors Polina Fomina, Caitie Pacer, Riley Schlick-Trask, Elyse Skoumal and Tatum Tellbuescher, junior Makayla Miles, sophomores Emily Abde, Ashley Black, Brooke Cosentino, Annesley Flint, Savannah Hrubar, Sydney Moore and Priscilla Webley, eighth-graders Emily Dowd and Sara Najmy and seventh-graders Alaina Christian and Madalyn Miles.

· Anne Kinnan is 39. Again.

· So is Annette Bellisari Johnson.

· A salute to new Bradenton Police Department Officers Charles Bivens, Jaden Reppi, Dmitry Rousseau and Dominic Vega, all recent Manatee Law Enforcement Academy grads.

· Sarah Beth Mayer is 32.

· Joey Lehto, too.

· And Southeast’s talented speech and debate team shined at Sarasota Riverview High with Andrew Krywko and Puja Patel going 1-2 in Congressional debate, Isabella Castro taking first and Adiam Teka, third in Declamation, and Neelam Joshi, first in Extemporaneous speaking.

· Congrats to Heather Sontag, January’s Manatee County Code Enforcement Spotlight winner.

· Well done to Mayle Sanchez-Leon, a King Middle eighth-grader and winner of the Manatee School District’s Art in the Capitol contest. Her artwork was selected out of 60 submissions from county middle schools and it will be on display in the Capitol’s second-floor rotunda along with winners from each of Florida’s other 66 counties.

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This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: VIN'S PEOPLE: MCSO deputy, Holmes Beach sergeant earn Lifesaving Award