Meet Deputy Blendsoe of the HCSO

Deputy Blendsoe was born and raised in Arcadia, FL. After graduating from Desoto High School he went to work at G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital for 10 years as a psychiatric nursing aide.

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Needing a change, Blendsoe then started working with a security company for two years. In 1986, after realizing that he really enjoyed this line of work, Blendsoe found employment with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff.

In 1987, Blendsoe enrolled in the Criminal Justice Academy at Avon Park Community College (now South Florida State College). He earned his law enforcement certification.

While working with Desoto County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Blendsoe spent approximately two years as a road patrol deputy. Then for the following six years, Blendsoe worked as a supervisor/investigator with the Narcotics and Special Operations Unit’s Task Force.

When he noticed that each day was becoming somewhat redundant, he grew bored and was ready for yet another change. Making a completely different choice, Blendsoe decided to drive trucks for Singletary Concrete Company for the next two years. Although the money was good, he knew this was not where his heart was. He began to explore his law enforcement opportunities once again.

When an opening occurred, Deputy Blendsoe re-entered law enforcement with the Bowling Green Police Department (BGPD), and worked under Police Chief Bobby Brown as a deputy sheriff. When Police Chief Brown retired in 2002, Deputy Blendsoe left BGPD in search of another adventure.

That same year, Deputy Blendsoe was hired by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy. He worked under former Sheriff Ronnie Lee for five years. He then worked under former Sheriff Steve Worley for four years. When Lee was re-elected, he continued working at the department for another four years where he was promoted to Sergeant over the Road Patrol Unit. He continued to work for four more years under the current Sheriff Steve Whidden. In 2012, Deputy Blendsoe decided it was time to retire.

For nearly three years, Blendsoe enjoyed his time in retirement. He spent his days enjoying his hobbies of hunting and fishing. After having time to relax and recharge, he once again found himself growing bored.

When the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office offered him a job, Deputy Blendsoe was ready to get back on the road. He accepted the position as a road patrol deputy where he currently works to this day.

Deputy Blendsoe has nearly 32 years of law enforcement experience under his belt. His career has given him the opportunity to meet and work with many people. He truly enjoys helping others, and keeping residents safe.

When asked why he enjoys his job, Deputy Bledsoe replied, “I come to work everyday to protect the citizens of Hendry County.” During his workday, Deputy Blendsoe rides around and attempts to deter crime when he can. He works burglaries, thefts, and battery cases. Sometimes he even advises citizens on civil matters. When a situation warrants a ticket or report, Deputy Blendsoe has the capability to complete the paperwork right from his patrol car. In the past, deputies had to rely on calls to dispatch for information. Now, most of the needed information including running tags and checking vehicle identification numbers (VIN) can be obtained more efficiently.

Deputy Blendsoe and his work partner, Deputy Veronica Lopez, work very well together. He stated, “she is a good partner to work with and has no hesitations when taking or assisting with calls. She’s a good deputy, and she reminds me of the old school deputies.” They definitely have each other’s backs.

Without hesitation, Deputy Blendsoe expressed his pride in the sheriff’s office. He stated, “we have a good sheriff’s office. We have some really good people here. The Sheriff is a good person. The Chief is a good person. The administration is fair and great to work with, and we have a lot of good deputies too.” He spoke highly of Lieutenant Shawn Reed who he currently works under, and noted that there are too many other good employees for him to mention individually.

Will Deputy Blendsoe decide to retire again in the near future? That is yet to be determined. He said, “if Sheriff Whidden runs for another four years, then I will stay right there with him. But if he retires, then I’m going to retire too.” Should he retire, you can expect to see Deputy Blendsoe once again enjoying his time doing what he loves – hunting and fishing. He might even try to get Sheriff Whidden to join him on occasion.

Amanda can be reached at cbnews@newszap.com

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