Ernest Ward’s Deputy Ronnie Gill Receives Sheriff’s Meritorious Service Medal

September 24, 2016

Senior Deputy Ronnie Gill, school resource officer at Ernest Ward Middle School, has been awarded the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Service Medal for the crucial role he plays in breaking down the barriers between law enforcement and youth.

In July, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers Monday named the Gill the 2016 School Resource Officer of the Year.

His law enforcement career spans nearly 40 years. He joined the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 and joined the school resource officer program over 12 years ago.

Senior Deputy Gill not only works hard protecting the students and faculty within Ernest Ward, he also gives selflessly of his time to mentor and help students in need. Whether it is counseling students, leading the Ernest Ward “Teens for Christ” group, or showing up at community sporting events on his own time, Gill has built a reputation within the student population as not just a law enforcement officer, but a person they can look up to and approach.

Gill also gives selflessly of his finances. He has opened his own lunch account with the school and now transfers money into needy student’s accounts on a regular basis. He has been known to provide funds for students that cannot afford trip fees and club dues. He has also taken students shopping for Christmas and has even paid a high school senior’s graduation fees. Whenever there is a need that has been identified, Senior Deputy Gill steps up and fulfills that need.

Pictured: Senior Deputy Ronnie Gill (left) was presented the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Service Medal by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. Photo for, click to enlarge.


7 Responses to “Ernest Ward’s Deputy Ronnie Gill Receives Sheriff’s Meritorious Service Medal”

  1. 429SCJ on September 27th, 2016 10:03 am

    The paradigm of an outstanding Deputy.


  2. Annette Falkenstein on September 25th, 2016 3:04 pm

    Way to go Ronnie!!! We appreciate you some much.

  3. John Bodie on September 24th, 2016 7:37 am

    I have met deputy Gill, he’s a very nice man always smiling , great attitude, we need more folks like him around. Great job sir. God bless you .

  4. Rhonda Currie on September 24th, 2016 7:28 am

    What an amazing and selfless person ! Thank you officer Gill for your kindness and support and all you do for our children in need and for everyone else in the community . I had 3 children that went to through EWMS and all 3 loved officer Gill ! I pray you stay safe and for a blessing to come your way !

  5. Willene Bryan on September 24th, 2016 7:06 am


  6. John on September 24th, 2016 6:51 am

    Congratulations Gill, a well deserved honor for a hero to our community

  7. M Lee on September 24th, 2016 2:21 am

    Good job Ron!

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