The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900 show off their trophies won during the 2014 Florida Association of Police Explorers State Competition on June 23-28, 2014 in Crystal River.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900 recently participated in the 2014 Florida Association of Police Explorers State Competition on June 23-28, 2014 in Crystal River, Florida, competing against 29 other explorer posts.
The state competition event team comprised of Explorer Capt. Spencer Shaw, Explorer Lt. Kelly Butterfield, Explorer Sgt. Lauren Paschall, Explorer Sgt. Alvin Pinero, Explorer Sgt. Zoe Gambel and Explorer Cpl. Luke Baker.
The team received a first place trophy in the Search & Arrest event; third place trophy in the In-Progress event; fourth place trophy in Crisis Intervention; fourth place in the Tie Breaker event; fifth place in Crime Scene; and fifth place in the First Aid event. The event competition team placed in six of the eight separate events.
The Explorer Post 900 Pistol Team was also victorious at the competition and received first place overall making them No. 1 in the state. The team was comprised of Shaw, Butterfield, Explorer Sgt. Tyler Bentley, and Explorer Cpl. Max Dulski.
Ten members of Explorer Post 900 took the opportunity to compete in other shooting competitions and won the following.
Shaw took an individual shooting award of second place in the Expert division. Dulski took an individual shooting award of first place and Bentley placed third in the Marksman division. Shaw, Butterfield and Dulski were named as the range master’s top 10 overall shooting averages for the year. Success on the pistol range is attributed to the hours of range time provided at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Range, as well as the instruction and encouragement of Post Advisers.
Members also participated in individual optional events including the Honor Guard competition, the Physical Agility Test (P.A.T.) competition, the Police Mountain Bike competition and the Emergency Vehicle Operations event. Shaw, Butterfield, Gambel and Bentley received a fourth place trophy in the Honor Guard competition. Explorer Kelsey Karmele received third place in the P.A.T. competition.
Members of Explorer Post 900 also ran for various board positions in the Florida Association of Police Explorers Youth Board. Shaw was elected president, Karmele was elected to be the Central West Representative, and Sgt. Lauren Pachall as secretary.