Sheriff’s Colonel receives top award

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Pictured (l-r) are: American Legion Department of Florida Adjutant Mike McDaniel, Voce-Commander Fletcher Williams Jr., Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Colonel Rick Ramsay and Law and Order Chairman Bob Meyer.

American Legion names Rick Ramsay Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Sheriff’s Colonel Rick Ramsay traveled to Orlando this past weekend to accept an award from the American Legion as their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

He received the award during the American Legion Department of Florida 93rd Annual Department Convention in Orlando. Colonel Ramsay was sponsored for this award by Keys Memorial Post 145 in Islamorada for his outstanding career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, but also for his dedication to the community in which he lives and the donation of his time to various non-profit organizations at community events. A detailed letter, used to nominate him for this award, is attached. It was written and submitted by the 145th District Commander Angela Glover.

The criteria considered by the American Legion for this award includes someone who is well-rounded, has exceeded the duty requirements of his/her position, exemplifies the virtues of professionalism and dedication, demonstrates a distinct pattern of community service and has proven his or her personal dedication to societal security and protection.

Based on this award, Colonel Ramsay’s name will now be submitted for consideration for the American Legion National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.


Jason Koler, born in Florida and raised in Ohio, is the “better looking and way smarter” Keys Weekly publisher. When not chasing his children or rubbing his wife’s feet, he enjoys folding laundry and performing experimental live publishing.