This week we had the honor of swearing-in Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Florida’s 19th Lieutenant Governor. I look forward to working with Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera as we work to create jobs, careers and opportunities for Florida’s future generations.
This week we also had the honor of recognizing 42 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and to the nation. It is because of the hard work and sacrifice of our brave veterans that we have the opportunity to achieve the American dream.
Seven of our recognized veterans were also awarded the Governor’s Shine Award for their work teaching Florida’s students. These veterans-turned-teachers have dedicated service both to our country and our classrooms, and have made a positive impact on our students through education. Our veterans have made countless sacrifices for Florida’s families, and we must take every opportunity to thank them for their service.
Florida state employees are working hard for Florida families.
I would like to recognize Sgt. Mark Deville of the Department of Corrections, for being awarded the Silver Star, the third highest award for valor, 30 years later, for his service during a battle between North and South Korea in 1984. Sgt. Deville is one of the many heroic Floridians who have bravely put their lives on the line to defend our country’s freedom.
I would also like to congratulate Stephanie Vick, Executive Community Health Nursing Director for the Department of Health in Collier County and Erin Hess, Administrator for the Department of Health in Okeechobee County, for being recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Stephanie and Erin successfully completed “Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials Program” in an effort to continually serve Florida families across the state.
Thank you for all your great work for Florida families and have a great weekend.