FAWE has welcomed new school resource officer Deputy Sheriff Ryan Pfeifle, who brings 23 years of experience in law enforcement. The students, faculty and staff have been getting to know him well in the past few weeks.
"I have met some great kids here at FAWE. There are lots of big bright smiles, high fives and hugs. My advice to students is you are the future and you are your parents legacy," Pfeifle said. "I tell my kids, 'Be good. Learn lots. Have Fun. Do your best.'
"To parents, I would like to offer my gratitude for allowing me to keep your kids safe while at school. It’s a responsibility I do not take lightly," Pfeifle added.
One of his most memorable experiences in school was his algebra teacher, who had a high level of performance and expectation that then spurred Pfeifle to also do his best. Pfeifle said it made him "realize that everyone has abilities well beyond what they think they are capable of."
The 44-year-old Maryland native began with the Coast Guard in Fort Myers Beach, then completed the academy in Tallahassee, where he also went to college, to begin police work in Boynton Beach and Juno Beach. In 2004, he joined the Martin County Sheriff's Office because of the opportunity to experience the many specialized units a county sheriff's office offers.
Currently, he lives in Martin County with his wife, Kelli, 8-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. His favorite hobbies are lacrosse, boating, fishing and "above all else, time with my family."
Thank you and welcome to the FAWE family!