Target: Sarasota, Florida Police Officer Derek Conley
Goal: Commend police officer for rescuing 100 baby sea turtles while on patrol
Florida Police Officer Derek Conley went above and beyond his duties when he stopped to aid some baby sea turtles wandering in a parking lot near a resort. Officer Conley, along with some resort guests who followed his lead, aided 100 baby sea turtles, carrying them in a box and releasing them safely into the ocean. Please commend this officer for protecting not only humans, but animals alike.
Sea turtles nest in Florida between May and October each year. Five different turtle species nest on the beaches of Florida and are protected by law. It is estimated that approximately 40,00-85,000 nests are made by sea turtles annually in Florida. Each nest houses around 100 eggs for 60 days. When hatchlings emerge, their goal is to get into the water as fast as possible but inevitably, some get a little confused. Only about 1 in 1,000 sea turtles will survive into adulthood. Florida Police Officer Derek Conley responded to some lone turtle hatchlings when he was on patrol and spotted some near a resort entrance. He promptly parked his car and began collecting the delicate creatures. Other resort guests followed his lead and altogether 100 baby sea turtles were rounded up and returned safely out to sea.
Please commend Officer Conley for going above and beyond the call of duty by not only helping humans in danger, but animals alike. Because of him, 100 more baby sea turtles have a chance at life again.
Dear Officer Conley,
I wanted to personally thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty when you stopped during your patrol to aid stranded baby sea turtles. I realize that rescuing sea creatures is not in your job description but I believe it says a lot about your character that you would take the time to ensure the safety of 100 innocent turtle hatchlings.
Florida is a key nesting place for 5 different species of turtles, many endangered and all protected under Florida State law. Up to 85,000 nests are carefully placed on Florida’s beaches by sea turtles every year, each nest housing approximately 100 eggs for 60 days. Unfortunately, most hatchlings will not make it to adulthood; only 1 in 1,000 survive the harsh beginnings of their life. With numbers so low, every baby sea turtle is critically important to the survival of these amazing species. Taking time during your patrol to save 100 turtle hatchlings and releasing them into the ocean has allowed several more turtles a chance at life that they would not have otherwise received.
My sense of gratitude for your selfless act cannot be expressed enough. Perhaps others will follow in your footsteps, both aiding humans and animals alike. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Baby Chelonia mydas via Wikimedia Commons