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Purple Heart Proclamation

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the Aaron Weaver chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on July 28 recognizing August 7 as “Purple Heart Recognition Day “in Citrus County. The Purple Heart is a combat award exclusively for those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are killed, died of wounds or wounded by an enemy instrument of war. The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington 233 years ago on August 7, 1782 and is now the oldest military decoration in the work in present use. The organization known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which is the only congressionally chartered veterans’ organization exclusively for combat wounded veterans, was formed 82 years ago in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of Purple Heart recipients. Over 1.7 million members of the Armed Forces of the United States have been awarded the Purple Heart for their battlefield sacrifices since the first adopted as a combat award by the War Department on February 22, 1932. The Board of County Commissioners pays tribute to all recipients of the Purple Heart for their extraordinary sacrifice and gallantry on the field of battle.

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims May as Older Americans Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from Citrus County Senior Community Centers

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 12 proclaiming the month of May 2015 as “Older Americans Month” in Citrus County and encourages every resident of Citrus County to take time this month to celebrate older adults and the people who serve and support them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribute to the community.

Since 1965, the Older Americans Act has provided services that help older adults remain healthy and independent by complementing existing medical and health care systems, helping prevent hospital readmissions, and supporting some of life’s most basic functions, such as bathing or preparing meals. These programs also support family caregivers and address issues of exploitation, neglect and abuse of older adults.

For more information on Senior Services, please visit: /commserv/suppserv/senprog/senior_programs.htm

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims May as Mental Health Awareness Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from the local NAMI Board of Directors

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 12 proclaiming the month of May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in Citrus County. Mental health is part of overall health and helps to sustain an individual’s thought processes, relationships, productivity and ability to adapt to change or face adversity.

One in four adults experience mental health problems in any given year and such problems can contribute to onset of mental illness. One in seventeen adults lives with mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of fourteen. Early identification and treatment can make a profound difference in management and recovery of mental illness. Every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and stigma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help.

Public education and civic activities can encourage positive mental health and help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. The Board of County Commissioners supports increasing public understanding of the importance of mental health and promoting identification and treatment of mental illness.

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims May as National Drug Court Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives Court Alternatives Program and clients from Drug Court

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 12 proclaiming the month of May as “Drug Court Month”.  Drug Courts are a judicially supervised, cost-effective, collaborative approach to addressing the needs of individuals with substance abuse disorders.

Drug Courts significantly improve substance-abuse treatment outcomes, substantially reduce drug abuse and crime, and do so at a lesser expense than other justice strategies.  Drug court facilitates community-wide partnerships, bringing together public safety and public health professionals in fight against drug abuse and criminality. 

Drug Courts demonstrate that when one person rises out of drugs and crime, we all rise, the time has come to put a Drug Court within reach of every eligible person in need.  Citrus County is joining with people across the country to achieve the goal of ending substance abuse. 

For more information about Drug Court, please visit /commserv/suppserv/court/court_alternatives.htm

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Law Enforcement Appreciation Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 12 proclaiming the week of May 10-16 as “Law Enforcement Appreciation Week” and Thursday, May 15 as “Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day” in Citrus County.   The Board directed that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all County buildings on May 15 in honor of those law enforcement officers who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of their duties.

The law enforcement officers of Citrus County play an essential role in safeguarding rights and freedoms, and risk their lives daily to ensure each citizen can live in a safe and secure environment.  Law enforcement officers work in partnership with their community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in this county. The deputies of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression. 

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes and pays respect to the survivors of these fallen heroes and those who continue to serve.

BOCC Proclaims Tobacco Free Florida Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Health Department)

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 28 proclaiming April 26 through May 2, 2015 “Tobacco Free Florida Week” in Citrus County.  The focus of this week is “Quit & Tell” to help educate tobacco users about the state’s free and effective cessation resources and to encourage former tobacco users to share their quit stories.

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is a national leader in tobacco prevention and cessation efforts, and the programs three Free & Easy Ways to Quit can double a tobacco user’s chances of successfully quitting. More than 126,000 Floridians have successfully quit tobacco using one of the three Ways to Quit. Two out of three adult cigarette smokers want to quit. Florida’s adult smoking rate has decreased to 16.8 percent, which is below the national average. The reduction in smoking prevalence in Florida has helped the state save approximately $11.9 billion in personal health care costs since the inception of the Tobacco Free Florida program in 2007.

For more information on these programs, please visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com.

BOCC Proclaims Community Emergency Response Team Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives of the Citrus County CERT Team and Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 28 proclaiming May 11 through 17, 2015 “Community Emergency Response Team Week” in Citrus County.  Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) exist in Florida and throughout the United States to respond to emergency situations within the community such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fire, and flooding.

Citrus County CERT team members are trained to respond in their neighborhoods when police, fire and EMS resources are being used at capacity and may not be available for hours or days depending on the extent of the emergency. The Citrus County CERT Program, staffed by volunteers, has been an intricate part of the County Emergency Response System for 15 years. It is managed by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and administered by the Community Emergency Response Team Action Committee.

During this period, more than 500 citizens of Citrus County have become CERT trained in search and rescue, first aid, fire safety and emergency communication to be able to aid their neighbors as well as the community in time of a mass causality event or a large devastating natural disaster.

BOCC Proclaims April as Better Speech and Hearing Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by Inverness Sertoma members Bill Cato and Rainer Jakob) 

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 28 proclaiming April 2015 as “Better Speech and Hearing Month” in Citrus County, Florida. The Inverness Sertoma Club and Sertoma Clubs throughout Sertoma International are fully qualified, charitable organizations functioning to implement Sertoma’s principal objective of expanding “SERVICE to MANKIND”, primarily in the area of helping people with speech, hearing and related communication disorders.

Inverness Sertoma Club, chartered September 26, 1980, is committed to ethics of Sertoma International and strives to increase financial support for its existing centers in order to provide programs for persons of all ages handicapped by communication disorders, to extend evaluated and therapeutic programs where none presently exist and increase public understanding of the importance of human communication. The Inverness Sertoma Club members are appreciative of the financial support given by the citizens of Citrus County and through their fundraising efforts, and aim to help its share of our nation’s 50 million persons of all ages with communication disorders.

The Board of County Commissioners urges all its citizens to take time out to support the Inverness Sertoma Club’s efforts and goals.

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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 (Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by Nature Coast EMS staff)

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 28 proclaiming the week of May 17 through 23, 2015 as Emergency Medical Services Week in dedication of all team members of Nature Coast EMS.  The emergency medical services team consists of emergency physicians, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, educators and administrators that engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education.

Emergency medical services are a vital public service and the members of the emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.  Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.

The BOCC is proud to recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week.

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims Children's Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14 proclaiming the week of April 12 – April 18 as “Children’s Week” in Citrus County. The purpose of Children’s Week is to focus on improving the health, safety, and well-being of Florida’s children and families and to reaffirm Citrus County’s commitment in this endeavor.

The Community Alliance, a collaborative group of organizations and agencies with the interests of children and families at heart, schedules activities during the month of April to celebrate the children and youth of Citrus County. Children’s Week will bring together parents, children, professionals, policy makers, community leaders and concerned citizens to share valuable knowledge and information regarding children’s needs across the county. Several free activities will be featured around the community to engage children and teens in a positive environment and provide valuable resources to parents and guardians.

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