JOHN DOSH Escambia County’s Emergency Management Chief was recently awarded the State’s highest honor as Emergency Manager of the Year. For his dedication and leadership in the field of emergency management, Dosh received this prestigious award during ceremonies held at the State Capitol in Tallahassee. After serving in the United States Navy, Dosh began his career as a public servant by gaining employment as a 911 Dispatcher in Escambia County. He became a part of the Emergency Management team in 1994.
ROSAMOND JOHNSON JR. The Perdido Key Chamber hosted a celebration in honor of African-American War Hero Private Rosamond Johnson. He was killed on July 26, 1950 at the age of 17 during the Korean Conflict. Having carried two wounded men to safety under enemy fire, he was killed going back to save a third, becoming the first Escambia County resident to die in the conflict. Johnson posthumously received the Purple Heart on Aug. 21, 1950. Johnson’s Beach is named for him.
ECUA & ECSO Deputies collected over 125 pounds of prescription and nonprescription drugs during its annual Drug Roundup at area Walgreens stores and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office precincts. The pharmaceuticals collected had an estimated value of over a half million dollars. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority and Walgreens held the collection in coordination with the DEA.
RED SNAPPER FISHERMEN NOAA Fisheries Service published a final rule stating that the recreational red snapper season will open June 1 and close at 12:01 a.m. on July 19, the shortest season to date since the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council chose to begin the season on June 1, and is in part the result of the increasing size of the fish being landed. They have actually increased both the commercial and recreational red snapper quotas from 3.542 and 3.403 million pounds (MP) to 3.66 and 3.525 MP in 2011.
JEROME CORSI The author and Tea Party intellectual (bet you never thought you’d see those three words together) was the biggest loser when President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate. Corsi was poised to release his latest book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” The book had been heavily promoted by Matt Drudge and was No. 1 on amazon.com, even before its May 17 release. Doh!
ERIC BRODY When he was 18, a Broward sheriff’s deputy slammed into his car, leaving him in a wheelchair with a severe brain injury. A jury said that Brody, now 31, should receive $30.7 million in damages. Brody and his family watched from the House gallery last Friday night as the legislative session went into overtime, killing any consideration of a “claims bill” that would have paid them $12 million. Political games trumped compassion.