On April 21, 2023, Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan recognized international philanthropist Dr. Juan Montero II a local legend making a big difference in the world. Dr. Montero founded “Montero Medical Missions” out of his medical practice in Chesapeake. The non-profit provides medical and humanitarian care to communities in need around the world. Dr. Montero started the organization after noticing a lack of medical care in rural areas of Virginia, and it grew from there. Sheriff O’Sullivan wanted to recognize Dr. Montero and thank him for his service. Sheriff O’Sullivan deputized Dr. Montero as an Honorary Deputy.
Motor Unit Graduation
Congratulations to Deputy Tamondong and Deputy Powers! On April 21, 2023, the pair graduated from the famously difficult Chesapeake Bay Police Motorcycle School and officially joined the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Motor Unit. Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan and members of Chesapeake’s Motor Unit congratulated them as they celebrated the end of the high-powered 2-week certification program. Also noteworthy, upon graduation, Deputy Powers became the first female member of the motor unit in the City of Chesapeake’s history.
Spring has sprung! Master Deputy Simien and inmates in the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Horticulture program are preparing the garden for our next big harvest. We are currently growing garlic, sweet peppers, peppermint, lettuce, kale, radishes, onions, cucumbers, raspberries, and blueberries. In a few months, the non-profit organization Healthy Chesapeake will pick up the produce and deliver it to people in need. Last year, the Horticulture program donated 273 pounds of food to the non-profit. In addition to giving back to the community and learning a new skill, program participants earn a certification as a Master Gardener to help them find new career opportunities after their release.
The Honor Network
Have you heard of The Honor Network? It’s a non-profit organization based in Long Island that travels around the country performing acts of kindness in areas impacted by mass casualty incidents. On April 23, 2023, the group came to Chesapeake to honor the victims of the Walmart mass shooting. While performing an act of kindness at Chilled Ponds in memory of victim Randy Blevins, founder Tommy Maher met our Chief Deputy, Lt. Colonel Christopher Pascal. Maher presented Lt. Colonel Pascal with a “Be the good sign, “Emotional Support for Law Enforcement” books for the sheriff’s office and police department, and (with the help of Papa John’s Pizza) lunch for more than 160 deputies.
We cannot thank Honor Network enough for their kind gestures!