Holmes County Deputies, Lt. Michael Raley and Sgt. Tyler Harrison, were awarded finalist for the 2012 Florida Sheriff’s Association Deputy Sheriff of the Year Award. The award comes as a reflection of their dedication, selflessness and desire to protect our community and support their fellow colleagues.
For several days leading up to February 2, 2011 the Gritney community and the entire county had spent several restless nights as Law Enforcement officers were engaged in a multi-state search for a man believed to have murdered his parents. At approximately 7:40 AM the Holmes County Communications Center received a report of a hunter who had been shot in a wooded area in the Gritney community of Holmes County.
Several officers responded to the call. Lt. Raley and Sgt. Harrison led a Florida Department of Corrections canine tracking team into the wooded area to search for the shooter who was later identified as murder suspect, Wade Williams.
After coming under fire in a heavily wooded area, Lt. Raley and Sgt. Harrison along with other DOC officers were able to eliminate the threat and provide medical assistance to the wounded. They immediately began to attend to Col. Malloy’s wounds and provide CPR as they awaited a helicopter to evacuate him. Sadly, Col. Greg Malloy of the Florida Department of Corrections later died from the gunshot injuries he sustained in the exchange of gunfire.
“Both of these men faced danger together to protect the citizens of Holmes County and their fellow officers; we are very fortunate to have them on our team and I feel they are very deserving of this award” says Sheriff Tim Brown.