Thursday, August 22, 2019
Michelle O'Connell Murder Case Hero: Deputy Debra Maynard Nominated for GateHouse newspapers' First Responder Hero Award
I just nominated Deputy Debra Maynard for a GateHouse newspapers First Responder Hero Award, stating in haec verba:
St. Johns County Deputy Debra Maynard responded to the September 2, 2010 shooting death of Ms. Michelle O'Connell in the home of St. Johns County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Banks at his home at 4700 Sherlock Place in rural St. Johns County. Deputy Maynard helped investigate and described the prime subject's observed behavior in a murder investigation conducted by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Rusty Ray Rodgers. Then Deputy Maynard was retaliated against by Sheriff David Shoar. She lost her job. Yet Deputy Maynard survived Sheriff Shoar's retaliatory attempt to revoke her FCJSTC credentials. Deputy Debra Maynard told the truth to The New York Times, PBS Frontline, et al. Deputy Maynard is an example for all law enforcement officers of the need for courage. Deputy Maynard honored her oath. Deputy Maynard exemplifies the values of honor, courage and sacrifice of the First Responder Hero award.
Here are links to the 2013 and 2017 New York Times and PBS Frontline news stories: