Ben Johnson and retired k-9 Deputy Joshua Vedder are finalists for placent atop Headline Surfer'a upcoming Mount Rushmore of Central Florida's Finest as best of the best amomng the 100-plus Hall o Famers.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Retired Sheriff Ben Johnson, who turned in his gun and badge after 16 years as an elected leader heads up an all-star listing of Volusia County personnel -- past and present -- who have made the grade for inclusion in the inaugural Class of 2017 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame.
Rookie Sheriff Mike Chitwood, whose first eight months in elected office have been marked with one controversy after another, did not make the grade. However, Johnson, who Chitwood once referred to as a "moron," did make the grade along with two other high-ranking administrators with the VCSO, , Eric Dietirch, who was Johnson's chief deputy, and David Brannon. Retired k-9 Deputy Joshua Vedder (with his canine partners, Rudo and Kuber) is an entrant into the Hall of Fame as is Deputy Justin Ferrari. Judie Edwards, a longtime PIO with the law enforcement agency, is the lone civilian from the agency making the Hall.