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Sebring PD selects Officer of the Year

SEBRING - The Sebring Police Department has announced Office Sean Bueford as recipient of the Exceptional Duty Award for being selected as the 2013 Sebring Police Officer of the Year.

Bueford was recognized by his peers for his outstanding character qualities of alertness, decisiveness and diligence, according to news release. He was nominated and received the honor of Police Officer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2013 for saving the life of a citizen on Sept. 16, 2013. He also received the Life Saving Award for saving a resident from a burning house on May 17, 2004 and has been recognized as Police Officer of the Quarter on three occasions over the past 7 years.

Bueford was born and raised in New York City. He is a 1986 graduate of Rice High School. He attended St. John's University and John Jay College.

Bueford started his law enforcement career in 1990 with the U.S. Army as a military police officer. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War and Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He continued his law enforcement career as a hospital police officer in New York City, where he rose to the rank of investigator.

In 2003, Bueford moved to Sebring to be closer to his mother, Mae Bell Martin, who was born and raised in Avon Park, and stepfather, David Martin. Bueford lives in Sebring with his wife of 15 years, Lavernia, sons James and Joshua, and daughter, Courtney.

Bueford joined the Sebring Police Department in February 2004 as a dispatcher and in August 2004, entered the Criminal Justice Academy at Polk State College. He graduated and became a full-time police officer with Sebring PD in February 2005 and is currently assigned to Patrol Division. Bueford has consistently been recognized as one of the top producers among Sebring police officers.

Bueford is a member of the department's Honor Guard, is a traffic homicide investigator, a field training officer and a certified instructor. He is an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Rangers, Giants, Jets and Mets.