• SARASOTA COUNTY, July 19, 2022 – On July 4, 2022, at the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) National School Safety Conference in Colorado, Officers Jose Castellanos and Mary Thoroman were recognized and received the following awards.  

    Officer Jose Castellanos was honored by the NASRO Board and presented with the Region 1, Exceptional Service Award for his contribution and dedication to the school resource officer program and the many children, parents and faculty members of our school and community. This award is presented to those individuals for continuous and sustained service to the school community above and beyond that expected of a normal SRO or school staff member.

    Officer Castellanos was nominated for this award for his outstanding work on campus and with the Big Brothers Big Sisters  organization and was highlighted in their 100 Men in 100 Days Campaign.

    Officer Mary Thoroman was honored by the NASRO Board and presented with the National Award of Valor for using excellent de-escalation skills to resolve a standoff with a student who an assistant principal had taken to the office. Officer Thoroman recognized the outline of a firearm in the student's jacket pocket and the placement of the student's hand. Officer Thoroman positioned herself between the student and school staff and calmly instructed the student not to reach into the pocket. A standoff ensued, and Officer Thoroman was able to calmly gain the student's compliance and surrender the jacket and firearm. Officer Thoroman's prompt response and immediate reaction likely saved lives. This award is given for a single act of courage and valor, above and beyond that expected of normal incidents/actions of an SRO/school staff member.