Florida’s SRO Of The Year, Ronnie Gill, Retires From Ernest Ward Middle

May 18, 2017

Ernest Ward Middle School, Northview High School, and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the retirement of Senior Deputy Ronnie Gill Wednesday morning.

Gill retired March 30 from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office after 15 years with the agency. The school resource officer has volunteered his time as a reserve deputy since March 30 to continue his service at Ernest Ward Middle School until the end of the school year.

The Ernest Ward Middle School staff presented Gill with a Canon DSLR camera for his retirement and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office presented him with a plaque and watch. On behalf of several students, NorthEscambia.com presented Gill with a few needed accessories for his new camera.

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.

Last year, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers Monday named Gill as the 2016 School Resource Officer of the Year for Florida.

“Deputy Gill goes above and beyond to not only ensure the safety of students at the school he serves, but to also provide guidance to the youth in his community,” Bondi said at the time. “Resource officers play a vital role in the lives of students on a daily basis.”

Bondi and the FASRO present the School Resource Officer of the Year award annually to a Florida officer who demonstrates dedication and tireless work ethic to enhance the lives of the students they serve.

Gill was also 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.

Senior Deputy Gill not only worked hard protecting the students and faculty within Ernest Ward, he also gave selflessly of his time to mentor and help students in need. Whether it was counseling students, leading the Ernest Ward “Teens for Christ” group, or showing up at community sporting events to work security on his own time, Gill  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 gave selflessly of his finances. He opened his own lunch account with the school and would transfer 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 would step up and fulfill that need.

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9 Responses to “Florida’s SRO Of The Year, Ronnie Gill, Retires From Ernest Ward Middle”

  1. Chris in Molino on May 21st, 2017 2:04 pm

    Sounds like a very, very wonderful guy. Thank you for being there for so many children, some who otherwise, wouldn’t have anyone. Must have touched many young lives.

  2. Mrs. Ellis on May 19th, 2017 1:43 pm

    Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s traveling he wil go……
    Congratulations Officer Gill.
    Enjoyed my years working with you at EWMS.
    Thanks for being a willing taste tester,ttoo!

  3. Brandon on May 18th, 2017 4:37 pm

    Congrats sir! Was my first Lt with the Mobile PD, and 22 years later, still the best I have ever worked for! Time for some well deserved rest and relaxation!

  4. Alfred Dees on May 18th, 2017 11:25 am

    Proud of you Buddy Tank

  5. To a very caring man on May 18th, 2017 9:17 am

    Officer Gill you will be missed, school won’t be the same without you there, I know if there was more people in this world like you it Will be a much better place, you are color blind you have done alot and far more what your job requires of you, Everyone gets treated the same like a person. I have four kids and you know all four they really like you, You have been there for them a few times , Officer Ronnie Gill you my friend you are what we all needed in the North end!! We was lucky to have a special person that Really cares for everyone! Love you HAPPY RETIREMENT well deserved!!! Thank you Thank you! No need to know who i am I bet you can’t quess because i speak for alot of us!!

  6. James M. on May 18th, 2017 8:07 am

    Congratulations, Ronnie! I don’t know of any other who without hesitation would always give selflessly to students. Best wishes to you in your well deserved and hard earned retirement.

  7. John on May 18th, 2017 7:31 am

    Thank u Gill for your service, and the list is long. Injoy your retirement

  8. David Preston on May 18th, 2017 6:15 am

    Congratulations Ronnie, enjoy your retirement.

  9. bigbill1961 on May 18th, 2017 3:05 am

    Thank you for your service and enjoy your retirement!

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