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PRIDE in Action

Employee’s Name: Tabitha Russell

Tabitha Russell, is a full-time guard at Haulover Beach Park and Marina. During a patrol of the park, she noticed a patron sitting on the driver’s side of a vehicle, parked in an accessible parking space (ADA) at the Lifeguard Station parking lot. When Tabitha approached the driver to see if she was okay, the woman mentioned that she was disabled and that she was sitting in the car waiting for her family as they enjoyed another day at the beach. She explained that she always did this because she had no way of getting down to the beach. Tabitha offered to bring her a beach wheelchair and called the lifeguards to have the chair brought to the patron.

During this time she offered to locate her family to assist in transferring her and asked for their description and location on the beach. Tabitha walked down the beach and brought back a family member to assist. Upon being transferred into the beach wheelchair, the woman broke down in tears. Tabitha asked her if she was okay and once she composed herself, she expressed that she had never been able to enjoy the beach with her family and that she was crying tears of joy for what Tabitha had done for her.

Employee’s Name: Stephen Yeomanson

Stephen Yeomanson is a Marina Equipment Operator. Recently he was approached by the staff members at the seabird station rehabilitation center because they needed help starting their boat as they had had received a report of an injured brown pelican on Bird Key. After several unsuccessful attempted to get the boat started, Stephen offered take the staff members in a PROS marina boat to the key and assisted in finding injured pelican wrapped up in fishing line.

After several exhausting attempts attempts to capture the pelican, Stephen hopped into the water and safely cornered the pelican in the mangroves and after several pelican pecks, he was able to restrain the pelican. Later we were notified that the pelican; aptly named “The Skipper” was able to be rehabilitated and released into the wild.

Employee’s Name: Aviary Zookeepers

Submitted by Susan Estevez, Project Search Teacher

This Project SEARCH student has Autism and has an aversion to touch and smell. He worked in the Zoo Miami Aviary Kitchen where diets for the birds are prepared daily and that included working with different textured fruits, like papaya and interesting smells, like fish. This became a challenge and the search for a solution was right under their nose and at their fingertips!

The Bird Department zoo keepers came up with some reasonable accommodations which the student was comfortable with – a pair of dishwashing gloves and a paper surgical mask. The mask was not quite enough when dealing with the fish, so the staff suggested adding a touch of lavender or other scented oil inside the mask. This worked like a charm! Instead of reassigning the student to another area, the bird staff of the Aviary learning about the student’s needs and with his input, worked to find the way to make the able to complete his experience. “Thank You!” for helping the Project SEARCH students achieve their goals, gain experience, build confidence and learn life skills.

Employee’s Name: Various

Submitted by Joe Fernandez

 On May 3, 2014 County Employees Debbie Frost (Kendall Warehouse), Dave Martin (Construction & Maintenance Division), Kathy Alvarez (Camp Owaissa Bauer) with the help of family members George Drew, Chas Alvarez, Zak Frost, and Leah Hoppner made it a green thumb day at the Continental Park Dice House. They paid for and planted new ferns and impatiens flowers. Redid the irrigation system, and mulched the beds along with some general trimming.

The Dice House is the oldest surviving structure in the Kendall area, built circa 1920 by David Brantly Dice, a popular figure considered the “unnamed mayor of the community.” The house, designated as an historic site by the Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board in 1989, survived several storms in the area including Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Kudos to the County employees and their family for helping to preserve the history of the oldest surviving structure in East Kendall.

Employee’s Name: Noah Rosenblatt

Submitted by Sherri Fisher

Voice of the Customer via E-mail: I wanted to take a minute to praise one of your employees, Noah Rosenblatt. Noah is a real tribute to Miami Dade County and the kind of person we want representing the County. I worked with The Mayor's office and the Finance Dept. for many years as an Investment Banker/ Bond Underwriter to the County.

My wife and I were on our way to the airport to catch a flight to Venezuela. As we left 360 Condo the car was making a funny noise, when we got to the entrance to the Marina we pulled in and determined we had a flat tire.

This is a new car we bought a couple of months ago and I wasn't familiar with where everything was to change a tire. In fact I told my wife to call a cab and go ahead to the airport and I would deal with the car. Before she got a cab Noah arrived on the scene, he not only found the jack and parts for me but he changed the tire for me in just a few minutes and got us on our way. We made it to the airport on time and she caught her flight without problems.

Noah really generates goodwill on the part of the County, something not all County employees do. Hopefully this letter makes it into his HR file and will be considered positively in his annual review. THANK YOU NOAH!

Employee’s Name: Alex Perez

Submitted by Tommy Salleh

I wanted to take a moment to report PRIDE in action.  Our Marina Attendant, Alex Perez, has been working with us for over 2 years.  Last Sunday, Alex helped a vessel and it's passengers in distress. 

Alex was conducting a dock check in the marina when he noticed one of the sailing rental boats in distress near the shoreline. He quickly sprang into action to assist. Alex directed a co-worker to get our emergency line from the storage room as he ran over to the shore to help the captain with the stranded vessel.  Alex was able to calm the captain and his passengers, which were in danger of drifting and crashing into the rocky shoreline. He instructed the captain on how to take the sail down and where to position the rudder. 

With a herculean throw he was able to get our emergency line to the captain. Along with the help of his co-worker Rene Gonzalez, Alex was able to pull the incapacitated vessel to the nearby courtesy dock where he was able to lift 2 of the elderly passengers off the vessel and onto the dock. With the passengers on dry land now, he was able to turn his attention to the immobilized vessel. With experience, he was able to get the motor running again and with the boat's captain, bring the vessel back into the marina under its own power.

What really made this story stand out to me was the amount of skill that was involved with the actions and decisions Alex made. I believe any PROS employee would help anybody in need, but without having the necessary skills they might not be able to. This story is a shining example on how we have the most skilled employees in our department.

Employee’s Name: Lebert Perrin

Submitted by Chris Hernandez

Lebert Perrin has worked at Crandon over 30 years as a lead guard enforcing park rules and keeping the park safe for all to enjoy! He has always executed his duties in the most gentle but firm manner; often diffusing situations that could have escalated and required police involvement. He has never limited his role to just patrolling the park: he has been a maintenance tech (he carries a toolbox in his vehicle to conduct simple repairs), tollbooth attendant, and party planner!

There has not been one year that goes by without Lebert helping to organize, provide entertainment, and MC'ing a holiday or retirement party. Lebert has also trained staff and been a mentor to many, and truly exemplifies our mission, vision, and core values!

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