L-R: Sheriff W. Brad Steube, Melody Miller, Barbara Moore and Lt. Ricky Wells
On the morning of January 3, 2008, a fire occurred at the residence of Barbara Moore, an employee of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in Bradenton. Ms. Moore is currently employed with the MCSO as Lieutenant Rick Wells’ (former FHP Sergeant) assistant. Ms. Moore’s mobile home was destroyed and deemed a total loss, leaving her with no personal belongings other than what she had in her immediate possession.
Family, friends, and co-workers rallied to provide assistance to Ms. Moore, including the collection of clothing, food and money. Although Ms. Moore had made arrangements to stay with a friend, there was still the issue of shelter for the future. Melody Miller, who is Troop F’s Office Operations Manager, a non-sworn member, heard about the crisis and stepped forward, offering the donation of a mobile home that she owns. Ironically, Mrs. Miller’s mobile home was located within the same community that Ms. Moore currently lives. The mobile home had belonged to Mrs. Miller’s mother who had just recently passed away. When Mrs. Miller heard about Ms. Moore’s great loss, she believed that this would have been what her mother would have wanted her to do with the mobile home. Mrs. Miller’s generous gift of the home relieved a tremendous burden from Ms. Moore.
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube extended a personal thank-you on behalf of Ms. Moore and all employees of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, by expressing the Agency’s gratitude for Mrs. Miller’s unselfish and compassionate act of kindness. Mrs. Miller’s willingness to help in such a manner as this exemplifies the motto of the Florida Highway Patrol – Courtesy, Service and Protection, and is an inspiration to us all. Thank you very much, Melody!!!