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Tobacco-Free Partnership of DeSoto County Celebrates a Year of Success!
May 12, 2022

Tobacco Free Partnership Members and Students Working Against Tobacco Youth gathered on May 12, 2022, to recognize their efforts to educate and prevent tobacco use and social norms within our community. In addition to celebrating a year of hard work, a few special members were acknowledged for their outstanding contribution towards a tobacco free future in DeSoto County.

Adan Morales, DHS SWAT Youth President and 2021-2022 SWAT Youth of the Year,
and Lindsey Sager, DeSoto County Tobacco Prevention Specialist.  

Adan Morales was recognized as our 21-22 SWAT Youth of the Year. His leadership and willingness to help has been invaluable. He has put in countless hours of volunteer work and has shown an outstanding dedication towards creating a tobacco free future. In addition to being the DHS SWAT Club president, Adan was a member of the Interact and SADD Clubs at the high school. Adan helped plan school wide campaigns in honor of Not a Lab Rat and Kick Butts Day. He volunteered at various community events, including but not limited to statewide and regional meetings, Through with Chew Week and Tobacco Free Florida Week festivities. Adan has been a major asset to our SWAT Youth Program and will be missed! 

Pictured L to R: Jodie DeLoach, DeSoto County Tobacco Program Manager, Lindsey Sager, DeSoto County Tobacco Prevention Specialist, and Sheriff Jim Potter accepting the Tobacco Free Partnership Member of the Year award on behalf of Andrew Proudfit.

Major Andrew Proudfit was chosen as our 21-22 Tobacco Free Partnership Member of the Year. Major Proudfit has been employed with DeSoto County Sherriff’s office for 19 years. In addition to being a busy dad of four young children, and his incredibly active role serving our community, Major Proudfit has never turned down the opportunity to volunteer his time and efforts in the tobacco realm. We have been working tirelessly to hold retailers accountable to state and federal tobacco regulations and we are incredibly thankful for our partnership with DeSoto County Sherriff’s Office in conducting random compliance buys for underage tobacco sales to minors. Major Proudfit has been active in our Partnership the past several years, and a crucial part of our Point-of-Sale Task Force Committee. Our goal is to make our community as safe as possible on all levels, for all DeSoto County residents. We are extremely appreciative of everything Major Proudfit has done to help get us to this point. He certainly has a heart for our community, and we are proud to have him serve as a vital member on our tobacco free partnership.

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to Adan and Major Proudfit! We sincerely appreciate you both for your hard work and dedication to the Tobacco-Free Partnership of DeSoto County and DeSoto County SWAT Chapter.

Congratulations to all of our graduating SWAT Seniors!

“Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie J.T. Stepanek