“Jamie Naso is gone, but the hardest part of his death for me will be when I look up waiting for him to come in the door to work,” said Caroline Stephens, Correctional Officer with the Glades County Sheriff’s Department. “He worked my rotation and was always friendly, concerned and helpful. He always helped me fold the flag and he had a good sense of humor. When I think of him, I smile.”
Deputy Naso died Thursday, July 28 in an accident on State Road 29 in Hendry County.
Mrs. Stephens, a seven year veteran with GCSD, said she doesn’t worry about anything bad happening in the department but “I do pray every day before I come to work. I wasn’t prepared for this.”
Joanie McClelland, an 18 year veteran with the department, said Deputy Naso had a funny, dry sense of humor. “One of his hobbies was couponing! Of all things,” she said. His main interest, however, was his family. He and Kristian loved and enjoyed their three children. “What a loss.”
Mrs. McClelland, mother of five grown children, said “Naso was so nice. He was like family. It is sometimes difficult to have faith in many humans now, but our deputies amaze me because they have so much compassion. We take continuous training to stay safe. This keeps our families from worrying so much. “Naso” was one of the best so his death is such a shock.
Captain Mike Pepitone, of Criminal Investigations and a 24-year GCSO veteran, said Deputy Naso was his own person.
“He was a nice guy, dedicated and doing what he wanted,” said Captain Pepitone. “He enjoyed his sport bike and was a safe rider. He really doted upon his family.
“Our son plans to apply to the Florida Highway Patrol Academy in the Fall,” he said. “I wanted to save the world. Times have changed. Now all law enforcement officers are in danger.
“My wife, Jennifer and I got rid of our bikes. We spend more time with our family. “
Wives and husbands worry about that phone call in the night. This phone call was different.
Major Keith Henson, six years with the GCSD, complimented Deputy Naso’s work as a Correctional Officer and Road Patrol.
“We have a small group here,” he said. “We work together well, generally more than 40 hours a week. This is like working with your family. We have the same goals, we take care of each other, family and community.”
Detective Sergeant Daryl Sherley, a former road patrol deputy, said “Jamie Naso was one of my closest friends. I and my wife, Laura and our children enjoyed getting together for meals and fun time with Naso’s family. I spoke to him for the last time four days ago. We just returned from our vacation and heard the bad news.”
He said Deputy Naso was experienced and did his job well.
“I still can’t believe it,” he said.