American Legion Mandarin Post 372  Honors
JSO’s 2018 Officers of the Year with Law and Order Award

American Legion Mandarin Post 372 is proud to announce that on Thursday, May 10th we will be presenting our 2017-18 Law and Order Award to Detective Margaret M. Rhatigan and Detective Glenn Warkentien, who are assigned to JSO’s Cold Case Unit and successfully solved two cold cases. 

 

The first case involved finding Kamiyah Mobley, 18 years after she had been kidnapped from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital on July 10, 1998, just hours after she was born. The case ended with Gloria Williams pleading guilty to kidnapping and interference with custody. She faces up to 22 years at sentencing.

 

In the second case, Detectives Rhatigan and Warkentien solved the murder of Freddie Farah, a grocery store owner who was murdered during an attempted armed robbery in 1974.  As a result of their work, Johnnie Lewis Miller was arrested for Farah’s murder in Louisiana, where he had been a mime and street performer on Bourbon Street for over 20 years.  Miller pleaded guilty on April 25, 2018 to second degree murder.  

 

At the JSO’s recent annual Officer of the Year Award ceremony, Sheriff Williams said, “These individuals have set the bar for the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office, and in the spirit if the Olympics, I’m going to refer them as our ‘gold medal’ recipients. And it is only fitting that today I will be presenting them each with JSO’s version of a gold medal.”

 

In the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution, which is recited at the beginning of every meeting, Legionnaires pledge themselves to ten purposes, one of which is to “Maintain Law and Order.” We strive to maintain law and order in our homes, posts, and communities, and as such, we also honor those dedicated heroes who move through our lives, often unseen, yet put their lives on the line so that we have freedom and protection from harm. 

 

Please join Mandarin Post 372 on Thursday, May 10th as we honor two of Jacksonville’s greatest heroes, Detectives Rhatigan and Warkentien, for their dedication to our community by awarding them both our 2018 Law and Order Award.

 

Post 372 meets at the Mandarin/St. Johns Elks Lodge, located at 4280 Oldfield Crossing, Jacksonville, FL 32223. We will have a “meet and greet” social hour prior to the meeting where light refreshments will be served at 6:00pm, with the meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

 

Contact: Sheri Rodriguez, Post 372 Adjutant, (904) 903-6546, Adjutant@MandarinPost372.org