Retired Sheriff Ben Johnson & 7 others from VCSO are entrants in Headline Surfer Hall of Fame

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.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.