Orlando Crime Lab Members Recognized with Commissioner’s Medal

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Gerald Bailey yesterday recognized Crime Laboratory Analyst Supervisors (CLAS) Deb Lightfoot and Nanette Rudolph with the Commissioner’s Medal. The scientists are members of the FDLE Orlando Regional Operations Center. They were presented with the distinction at a ceremony at FDLE Headquarters.

“These two members are long time leaders in our crime labs,” Commissioner Bailey said. “Their experience and expertise has helped drive our forensic progress and it is a pleasure to recognize their commitment and dedication to the agency.”

The Commissioner’s Medal is awarded to an FDLE member who has become distinguished by a meritorious achievement, act, or service performed substantially beyond normal expectations.

CLAS Lightfoot was recognized for her role in overseeing the operations of the Daytona Beach Regional Crime Laboratory and serving on FDLE’s Forensic Advisory Board. CLAS Lightfoot provides training to members of local agencies and is often called upon to assist with laboratory accreditation assessments around the country. She has been a member of FDLE for 34 years.

CLAS Rudolph was recognized for her role in streamlining the processing of evidence from violent crimes involving firearms to allow investigators to more quickly follow-up on leads and solve crimes. She was recently honored with a national award for outstanding practitioners in firearm examination. CLAS Rudolph has been a member of FDLE for 29 years.

The Commissioner’s Medal is part of the FDLE Commendation Medal Program which was established in 2007 to recognize members for acts of heroism, bravery, and exemplary accomplishment.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
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