Patty Wells (Retired), Major, Orange County Sheriff’s Office was the guest speaker at the March meeting of the Tomoka Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont.
Major Wells began her career early in the 1970’s in south Florida. Then she joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in January 1981, where she served as a road patrol deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, commander, captain and major in a variety of assignments. Major Wells was the first woman firearms instructor and first woman to command the Uniform Patrol Division at the OCSO.
Major Wells worked 35 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office where she served in almost every area of the agency. Also, working for 4 sheriffs during her tenure and promoted by each during their command. She has received numerous awards. Her passion is to help families that have lost a law enforcement loved one. She retired December 31, 2015 after 44 years in law enforcement service in the State of Florida.