Victim’s Advocate Recognized By Governor, Attorney General

April 30, 2009

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Victim’s Advocate Mary Rebber was honored Wednesday with a special tribute award by Gov. Charlie Crist and Attorney General Bill McCollum.

The award recognized Rebber’s dedicated service to Florida’s crime victims. The award was presented during a ceremony at the state capitol to recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and the 25th anniversary of the Federal Victims of Crime Act.

An employee of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office since 1982, Rebber has worked tirelessly to institute an awareness of victim advocacy, dedicating her time and energy to assisting, counseling and supporting crime victims, helping them recover their composure, assurance, self-worth, personal safety, and whenever possible, recovery of financial losses resulting from the victimization.

In addition, Rebber has worked with the Rape Crisis Center, Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Family Service Center and served at Ground Zero in 2001, working as a victim’s advocate to the vast amount of emotionally and physically scarred survivors of 9/11.

Sheriff David Morgan said of Rebber, “Ms. Rebber epitomizes professionalism, both as an employee and longtime volunteer. She set the standard for this program at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. We are proud that her efforts are being recognized today.”

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