(L-R):   Captain Jack Peterson, Deputy Afram Bassous, and Lieutenant K.W. Somers.

OLDSMAR, FL (December 13, 2015) – The North Pinellas Republican Club (PCRC) recently recognized Deputy Afram Bassous of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) as “Deputy of the Year.” The tribute was developed to thank the men and women of the sheriff’s office for their service to the county. In particular, it identifies an individual deputy who best exemplifies the PCSO’s code of “Trust, Integrity, Accountability, and Respect.” Deputy Bassous was selected because of his role on November 29th in apprehending four burglary suspects in Dunedin. It appears the suspects spent the greater part of the night committing burglaries at various locations in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Dep. Bassous’ quick apprehension of them resulted in the recovery of property stolen from known and currently unknown victims, and the closure of several cases. It is believed additional victims will be identified as the investigation continues.

The presentation was made at the NPRC Christmas Party at the home of Kim & Larry Marlin, where Deputy Bassous was formally recognized.   Also in attendance were his superiors, Lieutenant K.W. Somers, and Captain Jack Peterson. Making the presentation was Tim Bryce of the NPRC and Ken Giesow, PCSO retired. NPRC Club President Jim Downes remarked, “As a community, we owe the men and women of the PCSO a lot for their service. This presentation is the least we could do to show our support for them. We hope others will recognize their fine work as well.”

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(L-R):  Ken Giesow, Capt. Peterson, NPRC Prsident Jim Downes, Tim Bryce, and Afram Bassous

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