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Between them, they have 36 years of law enforcement service and a broad range of experience in a wide variety of assignments. They’re James Day and Don Heaton, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s two newest lieutenants. On Tuesday, Sheriff Ben Johnson presented both with their new badges during a promotion ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office’s Deputy Stephen Saboda Training Center in Daytona Beach. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to present you with your badges,” Sheriff Johnson told Day and Heaton in front of a group of assembled friends, family and co-workers. “What a great job you’ve both done for us. You’ve earned this.”
Hired by the Sheriff’s Office in October 2001, the 48-year-old Day has worked assignments as a school resource deputy as well as in patrol, investigations and the career criminal unit. In his new role, Day is overseeing the Sheriff’s Office’s community services, crime prevention and school-based programs, including the school resource deputy program, school crossing guards and Neighborhood Watch. Day has two associate of science degrees, one in emergency medical services and the other in criminal justice, as well as a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice management.
The 44-year-old Heaton has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since December 1992. Along the way, he has worked assignments in patrol, motors, K-9, traffic homicide and the civil section. Heaton’s new assignment is serving as one of the agency’s two rotating, night-time watch commanders. He has an associate of science degree in criminal justice and a bachelor of arts degree in organizational management.
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