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Duo named deputies of the quarter

April 26, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Two deputies, two sets of circumstances, two jobs very well done.

Deputies Corey Manley and Raymond Strobel went above and beyond the call of duty in a pair of incidents that earned both awards as Deputies of the Quarter by the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce during its monthly business leader's luncheon at Anthony's on the Green last week.

While Manley was able to thwart the theft of a TV, Strobel was able to give a woman the greatest of Christmas gifts: saving her life.

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From left, Capt. Christopher Reeves, Deputy Raymond Strobel, Chamber of Commerce President Lenny Cannova and Dep. Cory Manley at the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Business Leader’s Luncheon. Strobel and Manley were named Deputies of the Quarter by the Chamber last week.


Manley and his trainee were at Suncoast Estates on Jan. 10 when someone told them he had spotted a white male walking on Gish Lane with a flat screen TV.

As the deputies were talking to the witness, dispatchers informed them of a burglary at a nearby residence with the theft of a TV. Manley was able to locate the TV lying in the wood line.

As witnesses were being questioned, Manley saw a man who fit the description of the first witness walking down Marx Drive. The deputies detained him and witnesses identified him as the individual with the stolen property.

The man confessed and was arrested for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft, officials said.

"I do this every day and it's nice getting the award. I don't do this for awards, I do it to serve my community and I love it," Manley said. "I put myself in the right place at the right time. I knew who he was and he showed up."

Had Strobel not been at the right place at the right time, it would have been a tragic Christmas for one family.

Strobel responded to a home on Lakewood Sores Circle at the Lake Fairways Country Club for a wellbeing check.

A woman was worried that her 77-year-old mother who was supposed to have flown to Ohio, but Frontier Airlines explained she had not boarded the flight.

Strobel arrived at the house and knocked on the door, with no answer. He walked the perimeter of the home and looked through windows to assess the situation. Eventually, he saw a woman lying on the floor, unresponsive.

Strobel gained entry into the home and saw she was unconscious and not breathing, her face turning blue. Strobel conducted CPR and soon the woman was breathing on her own.

Lee County EMS arrived, stabilized her, and transported her to Lee Memorial Hospital. The woman recovered, was released from the hospital and is doing well.

"I love my community and my job. We have a great agency. I'm passionate about my work and we have so many great people here," Strobel said. "I'm very lucky to have this job and represent the sheriff's department."

Sgt. Tony Farah had great things to say about both his subordinates.

"Ray is one of the hardest working people out here. He goes above and beyond to help the public and does whatever is necessary," Farah said. "Corey is extremely aggressive. It's nice to see the deputies know who the criminals are."



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