Praise Officers for Saving Trapped Turtle

Target: Sheriff Mike Williams of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Goal: Thank the sheriff and his fellow officers for helping a turtle in need.

Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were boating a few miles off the coast when they saw a leatherback sea turtle caught in a crab trap. According to the officers, the net was tangled around the turtle’s neck and tightened every time the turtle tried to dive.

The officers approached the turtle and could see he was exhausted. The officers quickly went to work to release the turtle from the netting. At first, the turtle was nervous and apprehensive of the newcomers but quickly learned that they were there to help.

The officers were able to cut the net and free the turtle. Sign this letter and thank the officers for going out of their way to help this vulnerable species.


Dear Sheriff Williams,

Recently, a few of your men were on a boat and came across a leatherback turtle stuck in the net of a crab trap. The officers stated that the net was tangled around the turtle’s neck and would tighten each time he tried to dive.

The officers approached the turtle and quickly went to work to release the majestic animal. They were able to work promptly and free the tired turtle.

I wanted to thank you and your officers for going out of the way to save this turtle. It is heartwarming to see others recognize that all life is precious.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Linda Martin

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  1. The world would be a better place if there were more people like you who took the time to help another person or animal that was struggling, suffering or in need of assistance. Thank you for your brave and compassionate act.

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