Deputy Remains in Critical Condition; Shows Some Improvement

November 2, 2010

Deputy Jeremy Cassady remained in critical condition Tuesday morning in the intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

The Sheriff’s Office is holding a candlelight prayer vigil for Cassady at 7:30 tonight at Seville Square in Pensacola. [Read more...] Donations to the “Benefit Account for Jeremy Cassady” are being accepted at any Gulf Coast Community Bank location.

Family members say Cassady, who was put into a medially induced coma after the shooting, opened his eyes and turned his head Tuesday. He has underwent numerous surgeries and has received over 240 pints of blood. His kidneys have failed.

Hundreds of people have donated blood on Cassady’s behalf at Northwest Florida Blood Services. The blood centers at 2209 N. 9th Avenue and 1999 East Nine Mile Road are continuing to accept donations for Cassady.

Cassady, a native of Jay, joined the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in 2006. He turned 36 just one day before being shot twice.

The victim of home invasion, 45-year old Jackie Rosenbloom, was listed in fair condition Tuesday morning at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Shooter Philip Martin Monier of Hornlake, Miss., remains in the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $2 million. He is charged with three counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and home invasion robbery.

Deputy Chad Brown, who joined the force in September 2009, and Deputy Sam Parker, a deputy since April 2007, were both released Friday from Sacred Heart Hospital.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is continuing their investigation into the shooting.


63 Responses to “Deputy Remains in Critical Condition; Shows Some Improvement”

  1. Alysia jackson on November 16th, 2010 6:06 am

    Jermey Cassady was upgraded to fair condtion and will need a kidney transplant. We all are praying for his recovery and keep him in our hearts. This man is a HERO in so many ways and deserves to know that next year when they ask for nominations on america’s most wanted for the nextel cup race please nominate him as i will because he truelly deserves it. And his family needs all of our prayers too. thank you all.

  2. Agent Tom Janis on November 14th, 2010 1:16 am

    Reading this makes me believe that there are still grateful people in this world. Being in this line of work sometimes makes us feel not appreciated…!! Jeremy the boys in blue in West Palm Beach got your back even though we have never met. Today the thin blue line is thicker. Get better my brother..!!

    Officer T.Janis 1691
    West Palm Beach Police Department

  3. denise on November 13th, 2010 10:37 am

    our prayers are with you and your family

  4. Linda on November 9th, 2010 10:56 am

    Jeremy, I will Pray for you, and I will FLY your Unit #351 Until You get up And Walk out of that Hospital. Our Heavenly Father is still Working very Hard on Miracles to this day. I Pray that you Have a FULL RECOVERY. Jeremy, People are pulling for you around the WORLD. You and Your story are Bringing Communities back together. God is Not done with you yet. You Have A special Story to Tell, You are a TRUE HERO. Not one that throws a ball,or hits a ball, or even knocks a ball in a hole. You Put your Life ON the LINE EVERYDAY. Just LIKE OUR SOLDIERS Fighting For OUR FREEDOM. YOUR fighting here on American soil for our lives. GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. My son is going to FDLE School. I am PROUD of him and I am PROUD of YOU. FATHER GOD< LAY YOUR HAND ON THIS YOUNG MAN, AND IF IT BE YOUR WILL HE GET A FULL RECOVERY LORD AND HE WILL WALK OUT OF THAT HOSPITAL AND CONTINUE HIS LIFE AND GIVING YOU ALL THE GLORY. KEEP FIGHTING JEREMY WE'RE FIGHTING WITH YOU.

  5. Chris Byrd on November 7th, 2010 3:09 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Cassady.

  6. molino on November 5th, 2010 10:23 am


  7. Todd on November 4th, 2010 11:29 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If this shooter makes bond and skips, know that Deputy Cassidy has brothers from Florida all the way to the West coast that will joing in the hunt. Justice will be sought. Hang in there Cassidy.

    Officer Harnden

  8. Gene Davis on November 3rd, 2010 3:18 pm

    I had a comment typed out but I guess I hit the wrong key and away it went. Anyway I pray God’s richest blessings on your life today and the two deputies that were wounded in the same attack. You are on our prayer list at our church; we will continue to pray for you each day. We also pray for the entire department and for protection on each person employed there. Keep looking up and trusting God for healing each day. Happy birthday also; and come see us when you can.


    Gene Davis

  9. Gene Davis on November 3rd, 2010 3:03 pm

    Dear Officer Cassady:

    I was never in law enforcement but I have the greatest respect for you and your buddies that are. God is still in the miracle and healing ministry, Keep looking up as God is looking down on you today. I pray also for your wife and family that they will be sustained by God also. I believe God has much more for you to do,so keep trusting him day by day.

    Gene Davis

  10. John Vega on November 3rd, 2010 9:48 am

    Thank God there are people like Deputy Cassady out there to protect us from the evils of the world. Thank you Deputy for your sacrifice, God bless you and we pray for your speedy recovery.

  11. interested reader on November 2nd, 2010 3:17 pm

    The thousands of people who are praying for Jeremy show us that there are still people who really truly care about others. With God all things are possible. Nothing is too hard for God! Praying that God’s plan for Jeremy includes work still to be done here on earth. God’s blessings on Jeremy and his family, lean on Him and He will sustain you.

  12. Sheriff Raymond Hamrick on November 2nd, 2010 3:14 pm

    I am the Sheriff in Cleveland County, NC. About 6 weeks ago, I had a young Deputy, Tim Elmore who was shot while answering a call regarding a suspicious person hanging around a convenience store in the North-East section of our county. He was shot twice, once in the Rt. Shoulder and Rt. forearm. I have seen God working miracles through his healing grace with Tim.
    And I am convinced that he has a miracle waiting for you.

    I know that he is the great physician because he has saved me in many instances of sickness and danger during my 34 years in law enforcement. I answered God’s call on my life to serve others in law enforcement, on my knees with my my pastor at the age of 19 years old. Now, as I am about to retire, I can do nothing short of saying Thank You Jesus for a successful career.

    In the fall of 2005, I was ran over by a drunk driver. I was on my motorcycle and on my way from visiting my dad, and I had to stop at the entrance of the development where I live to make a left turn. From the rear, the car hit my motorcycle at 55 mph and threw me 64 ft. down the roadway, then his car momentum kept his car running towards me, and ran over my left leg shattering it in 3 places below the knee.

    Then in 2007 my kidneys failed, partly due to the accident which sped up a kidney disease I had, and I did home Hemo-Dialysis. My wife left her job to care for me after the motorcycle accident, and trained to learn the dialysis process. Then last fall when i was at my lowest point, I received a kidney transplant. A day later they discovered I was bleeding internally and the last thing i remember that day was I couldn’t breathe, and waving my arms to get my nurses attention to come in my ICU room. To make a long story short, I died twice….while going through a second surgery to find the bleeder. But God didn’t need me just then.
    He gave me a breath of new life. And I’ve been able to return to work since Feb. 2010. He still has more work for me to do, and although I’m retiring from law enforcement, I am looking forward to finding his will for me in retirement.

    As you will see after you get healed, you have many many people, people that you probably never meet to thank for their comments. God knows who they are and will bless them for you.

    Just remember this one truth, “If he could heal me and bring me through my career and the illness and injuries I have been through here in NC, he can do the same there in Florida for you and your family!!” I pray for you at this time that he will heal you a little more each day, and that he will restore you to the health you had, as though nothing had happened. And I pray for the Dr.’s and nurses who are involved in your treatment, that he will guide their hands, their Hearts and Minds, to give you the absolute best care that you can get. God Bless You and keep you safe!

    You are the HERO as some have exclaimed…..and not just because you were shot, although you were involved responding to a horiffic crime….but for the act of putting your life on the line each and every day you put on your uniform and respond for service in your jurisdiction. You are my Hero too, and I’ve never known you, but you are part of my family, and the brotherhood of Law Enforcement!!! You are in my prayers along with your law enforcement officers in your agancy.

    With all sincerity, I am…..

    Sheriff Raymond Hamrick

  13. Thinker on November 2nd, 2010 1:22 pm

    To Neighbor:
    That’s a very good point. Can we get an answer to that?

  14. Res on November 2nd, 2010 10:31 am

    To Brian W:

    I have heard from several different people in the law enforcement community that yes he is in need of a transplant. They were checking family members in an attempt to find a match, I don’t know if they have found a match there nor have I heard of any request to the community for possible donnors. God is preforming a miricle with Jeremy right before our eyes! Keep praying Jeremy is still fighting the battle!

  15. brian w on November 2nd, 2010 9:52 am

    does the deputy need a kidney transplant????????????????? anyone know

  16. Prayer on November 2nd, 2010 8:13 am

    I live in TX and I don’t know Jeremy or his family, but my prayers are right there with you all. God’s Grace & Healing be on Jeremy. God’s Love & Strength to Jeremy & all his family and friends.

  17. sam on November 2nd, 2010 7:30 am

    Prayer is a powerful thing. I have been praying for Jeremy, his wife and family. I will continue too for as long as needed. Jeremy, you are a hero in thousands of peoples eyes. Keep Fighting!

  18. Heather on November 2nd, 2010 7:18 am

    Way to fight Jeremy! My prayers are with u and ur family. Isn’t it wonderful that in these terrible economic times God is still open for business. Sister Ollie Smith taught me at a young age all you have to do is ask God in prayer. Will continue to pray for Jeremy to get better.

  19. Chad on November 2nd, 2010 2:47 am

    Jeremy – you are a HERO!!! not a NFL player, not a NBA player or any sports figure who so many people look up to. Someone like you who goes to work everyday and puts your life on the line for us to be safe!!!! Stay strong Brother and may God be with you and your family and I am praying for you, along with hundreds of other people!!!

  20. EMD on November 2nd, 2010 1:40 am

    Praying for two new kidneys for Jeremy and Peace for him and all his family and friends.

    Nothing is too hard for The God who created and rules the Universe.

  21. jane miller on November 1st, 2010 11:15 pm

    been praying for jeremy.also praying for Gods peace to his family & friends.we need to pray for the safety of all law enforcement.and God bless all the blood daughter had a transfusion less then a year ago.God put the right doctor there for her & saved her life.Jeremy,God will bring you safely through.we thank God now for your speedy recovery.

  22. DJ Sheffield on November 1st, 2010 9:28 pm

    Jeremy is beginning to become responsive to questions with gestures and squeezing. They are reucing the medicine used to induce coma and weaning him off the ventilator. KEEP PRAYING, please. It is because of the prayers of all of you that he is still alive. Thank you.

  23. Paul Schwartz on November 1st, 2010 8:04 pm

    It was a real honor to donate blood over this past weekend for Jeremy. Everybody just keep him in your prayers, and everything will work out for him. He will get better !!

  24. Joyce Brown on November 1st, 2010 7:35 pm

    Prayers are in agreement for total healing do not Give up hope God is still in the Miracle business I have been posting on My face book profile for prayers and there are many others doing the same. I am believing for a quick recovery complete and total. Prayer for the family for strength and the Spirit of Faith to come upon them.
    We have several prayer warriors in our network and we are all of Faith We have seen with our own eyes mighty and wonderful works of God. My mother was in a coma with absolutely no hope of recovery according to the Doctors and she was totally miraculously healed and home in less than a week after CPR had been performed and She lived the rest of her life healed of Brain tumor, hearing loss deafness in one ear, diabetes, diabetes and high blood pressure along with heart disease. I am talking about a seventy year old woman that had all of the above for over ten years and NONE of those after God healed her!
    Nothing is Impossible with God And We will continue to stand in agreement for healing and restoration!

  25. Carolyn Thomley on November 1st, 2010 6:29 pm

    Believe For God to heal Deputy Cassidy.Have Faith that He is going to be healed.I have been though a very terriable accident when my son was only 18 yrs. old. I was told by doctor after doctor he would not live,then told he would only be a vegetable the rest of his life. But I NEVER gave up hope. God gave me a peace before I ever got to the hospital to see him that he was going to be alright. And he is walking around today living a normal life. So just have the faith and believe,and I also will be praying for him .

  26. mary on November 1st, 2010 6:23 pm

    my prayer are with deputy cassidy and his family

  27. whodat on November 1st, 2010 6:22 pm

    My prayers are going out for you Deputy Cassady. May God be with you every step of the way. I sent out prayer request for you to the people that I know will be praying for your full recovery. It is a terrible shame that something like this happened to you. May the Grace of God be with you and your family.
    Mom and Dad (Jerry and Julia), my prayers are going out for you both and the rest of Jeremy’s family and friends. May God give you the strength you will need to endure this tragedy. Keep faith that Jeremy will come thru this ordeal. Faith and prayers will unlock new doors for him. I haven’t seen you in many years; actually since we graduated high school together but I have not forgotten you people.

    I care so much,

    Joan Boutwell Warrick

  28. CDB on November 1st, 2010 4:41 pm

    aaawww I just hope he makes it through this. I don’t even know this Officer and my heart goes out to him. Also his friends and family. May God be with you and get you through this. Hang in there Deputy Cassady. God Bless!

  29. Michael on November 1st, 2010 4:29 pm

    My continued prayers and best wishes for SD Jeremy Cassidy, your friends, your family and your Brothers and Sisters of LE.

    Thank you all for walking the Thin Line.

  30. AL on November 1st, 2010 3:52 pm

    I heard an update from a friend – apparently there is a positive report on the deputy this morning. He still desperately needs our prayers, but doctors see hope.

  31. Dave on November 1st, 2010 3:18 pm

    The shooter will probably be appointed a Public Defender. If a private attorney takes his case,we will know who the lowest pond scum is in Escambia County.

  32. JohnMolino on November 1st, 2010 3:00 pm

    Get well soon Deputy. May all the strength of the world be with you in your recovery.
    Strength,support and best wishes to this heroes Family,loved ones,friends and co-workers.
    Here’s hoping that our justice system takes permanent action to insure that the parasite who did this never sees the sunrise or sunset again. This animal does not deserve to share our oxygen.

  33. T on November 1st, 2010 3:00 pm

    O- Friend …….you may go to any bloodbank and donate

  34. O- Friend on November 1st, 2010 1:23 pm

    Moved to Jacksonville to go to college but my family still lives in Escambia County. My prayers go out to Deputy Cassidy and his family! I am type O- but unfortunately am not there so im not help :( really wish I would donate though. Praying for a full ans speedy recovery!

  35. PAM MONIER on November 1st, 2010 12:05 pm

    Our prayers are with the family and with Deputy Cassady. There are no words to explain the sorrow we feel for him and his family. We pray for your speedy recovery.

    Pam and Patrick Monier

  36. just another LEO on November 1st, 2010 11:54 am

    I am a LEO and it is GREAT to see all of the support for this LEO because of the negative press that we sometimes get but that comes along with the job there is not anyone of us that did not choose this job and we know what comes along with it and when one our brothers or sisters get harmed in the line of duty whether it shows it bothers each and every one of us. GET WELL SOON BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Anthony Santora on November 1st, 2010 11:53 am

    My thoughts and prays are with Deputy Cassidy and his family.(brother in blue ).

  38. Just An Old Soldier on November 1st, 2010 10:28 am

    A person that is Rh (or more correctly D) Negative can receive Rh Positive blood only one time in their life, and should only do so under the most dire need. That person will develop a strong and life-threatening antibody response to any future transfusion that has the D antigen.

    Usually O NEG is the most highly prized by bloodbanks and hospitals as it is the “Universal Donor”. Type O is the most common in the US, and Rh Pos is more common than Rh Neg.

    Only about 5% of eligible donors ever donate – that means that after all the screening questions, and tests to ensure that the blood supply is safe, only 5% of safe donors ever donate. And unfortunately, blood has a limited shelf-life, s donors need to keep coming back.

    It takes a crisis to mobilize people to donate, 9/11 had people lined up for hours to donate – even though most of the injured were crush injuries that didn’t need blood transfusion.

    Well folks, this young man who has placed himself in Harm’s Way needs our support, and our blood. I would donate if I could, but I am the wrong type, and can no longer donate, but I gave almost two gallons of blood and 4 gallons of platelets over my lifetme. YOU might just be the person that helps save a life. Be a DEDICATED DONOR.

    And blood is NEVER carelessly given – it is a serious situation every time. Please donate the Gift of Life – save your neighbor’s life.

  39. xpeecee on November 1st, 2010 7:56 am

    Our prayers are with you, Jeremy…

  40. Chad on November 1st, 2010 2:08 am

    May God be with you and your family!!! I do not know you, but after reading the story one can only imagine what you and your family are going thru. Please everyone – keep praying!!!!

  41. Angi on October 31st, 2010 9:29 pm

    To: ■Stephani on October 31st, 2010 4:20 pm
    O- blood can only accept O- blood. Please, if you know anyone that is O- send them to NWFL Blood Services ASAP

    Thanks Stephani that is what I thought; but wasn’t 100% sure…
    Jeremy is and will be in our prayers…

  42. "SONshine" aka Ora on October 31st, 2010 8:58 pm

    Wanting you to know that people at Marcus Pointe Bapt. Church are praying for you (& the family). Praying for the needed blood too.

  43. my2cents on October 31st, 2010 8:33 pm

    Thank you NorthEscambia for bringing the news to us and for keeping your readers updated…May god lay his helping hand on this family and bring them through this tragedy. My prayers and blessings go to thee….

  44. Ginger on October 31st, 2010 7:02 pm

    Jeremy Cassady is a great Officer and a great guy he has helped me so many times with Animal Control Calls when he and I were working the night shift . Every call we went on he put his life on the line to protect me. I’m praying for him everyday and night he will have a speedy recovey. I’m also praying for his mom, dad and his wife. God is watching over him and will take care of him.

  45. MolinoGurl* on October 31st, 2010 6:34 pm

    I AM PRAYING FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY!!! This is so sad and he looks so young to have to go through all of this.

  46. charlotte stanton hunter on October 31st, 2010 5:55 pm

    dear family you are in my prayers. just keep hope alive for your son brother and husband. love you all. see you tomorrow. charlotte

  47. Suzanne Vickrey on October 31st, 2010 5:49 pm

    All the members of Grace Valley Baptist Church have Jeremy and his family in their prayers.

  48. don't know everything on October 31st, 2010 5:37 pm

    Yall law enforcement are great people and yall put your life on the line all the time. I am proud of yall.

  49. Stephani on October 31st, 2010 4:20 pm

    O- blood can only accept O- blood. Please, if you know anyone that is O- send them to NWFL Blood Services ASAP.

  50. interested reader on October 31st, 2010 2:09 pm

    Thanks William, for keeping everyone up to date on Jeremy’s condition.

  51. interested reader on October 31st, 2010 2:07 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jeremy. God is the great physician and can do all things, no matter how bad it seems. Please, everyone keep up the prayer chain. We do not know God’s plan but have faith that God hears our prayers.

  52. Angi on October 31st, 2010 1:23 pm

    With the O negative blood type, is this the only type blood that Jeremy can use? Or is there any other type blood that is compatible with this type blood?
    We are really praying for Jeremy and hope that he gets stronger to pull through all of this…

  53. confused on October 31st, 2010 12:37 pm

    Better at 10:16AM
    not good at 10:17AM
    which is it?

    Still praying that this officer receives healing, that God will heal any unseen damages, Lord be with him during this time.

  54. Jeannie on October 31st, 2010 10:20 am

    Any Northwest Florida Blood Bank is taking donations for Office Cassady. There is one on N 9th Ave & 9 Mile Rd. His blood type is O-, but any blood will be kindly excepted. Please if you donate blood tell them it’s for the Officer at Scared Heart! Thank you for who is taking the time out of your day to donate blood. The family is highly appreciative…….Jeremy you continue to fight cause you are needed here. Thanks for serving our community and keeping us safe!

  55. Me on October 31st, 2010 10:17 am

    Jeremy Cassidy is still in bad shape. He is a family friend. The bullet also shattered and ruined BOTH kidneys. My Moms neighbor is the urologist who performed the surgery. Please pray for him. The Drs. told his family that they did not expect him to live through Friday night and he is still holding on. He will not be able to have a new kidney donated until he is strong enough to go through surgery !!! Please PRAY everyone …

  56. DJ Sheffield on October 31st, 2010 10:16 am

    Update for Jeremy…… Better this am.last night they coiled the spleen artery which may have been the bleeder. He took no blood products last night and his numbers are better.( From his Cousin Stephanie)

  57. DJ Sheffield on October 31st, 2010 10:16 am

    Jeremy is scheduled for a scope procedure this morning (right now) to try to find the bleeders. Please pray that the docs will be able to find and stop the bleeding, and that his blood will clot! He is such a fighter!!!!! Thank you, Lord, that he has made it through so far!!!

  58. Becca on October 31st, 2010 8:52 am

    Is there a certain blood type needed or is the blood bank accepting any type for Deputy Cassady?

  59. Splat on October 31st, 2010 8:47 am

    I work at the blood center… is Officer Cassady?

  60. Jeannie on October 31st, 2010 8:20 am

    Please pray for Jermey Cassady and his family. He is the officer that got shot during a routine call yesterday in Pensacola and he is from Jay. He is dire need of blood. The bullet pierced his heart and shattered his ribs. The doctors at Scared Heart have and are still currently trying to find the bleeders and get them under control. He is a young man that is still needed by his family.

  61. DJ Sheffield on October 31st, 2010 8:15 am

    We are starting a prayer chain for Deputy Jeremy Cassady. Please ask everyone you know to pray for own hero! Copy and paste this to your status. Prayer is powerful, and God is the Great Physician! We love you Jeremy!

  62. Neighbor on October 31st, 2010 7:34 am

    if he shot three LEOs and the woman why only three counts of attempted murder?

  63. Just My 2 Cents on October 31st, 2010 3:49 am

    Shooter Philip Martin Monier should not have a bond. If this criminal is able to make bond, does the judge really think he will hang around?

    I pray Deputy Cassidy will get better each day and for the fast healing of Deputies Brown and Parker, and Mrs. Rosenbloom.