2019 Detention Deputy of the Year
Deputy Lauren Prohenza
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Prohenza is a conscientious employee who pays close attention to her area of supervision. She ensures order and compliance are maintained by the inmates in her pod. Due to her keen awareness to her surroundings, she was able to act swiftly in assisting an inmate in distress. On August 3, 2018, Deputy Prohenza was assigned to pod 6-Charlie at the Falkenburg Road Jail. At approximately 0404 hours, while conducting breakfast feeding, Deputy Prohenza overheard an inmate state, “She is choking”. In assessing the situation, Deputy Prohenza recognized that the inmate was choking and initiated a signal 67 via the radio. She then began to perform the Heimlich maneuver. After three sharp upward thrusts to the inmate’s abdomen, the particle became dislodged from the inmate’s throat and she began to breathe normally. Deputy Prohenza’s quick response potentially saved the inmates life.
Deputy Prohenza demonstrates professionalism and dedication to the care, custody and control of all inmates. She also maintains a calm demeanor in stressful and/or emergency situations.
Deputy Prohenza began her career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on March 19, 2017, and was assigned to Female Housing at the Falkenburg Road Jail. Deputy Prohenza is a Tampa native who has been married to Deputy Daniel Hernandez for over one year.