Brave Lads

Kevin Brunelle, WS Chief of Police--Retired

Kevin Veteran central Florida law enforcement officer who rose through the ranks to become Winter Springs' popular top, cop retired in 2019. Chief Kevin Brunelle spent his entire career at the Winter Springs Police Department, joining the agency in 1988 as a patrol officer. He commanded every bureau within the department and was appointed chief in 2009. He said he achieved his goal of making sure his was the “best trained, best equipped, and best led police agency” in the nation. “I had the opportunity to promote and hire outstanding personnel to assist me to ensure we achieved that goal. Our team has done phenomenal work.” Brunelle, a graduate of the FBI's National Academy, credits pro-active programs and support from community members and city leaders for the city's successes. “There have been many innovative community policing programs that have been implemented designed to engage with all members of our diverse community Programs such as Community Youth Outreach, Shop with a Cop, Lock it or Lose it, Lock Box, R. U. O. K., and Operation Medicine Cabinet are just a few of the community building programs that have fostered a sense of trust with our citizens and police force." His plans for retirement include enjoying his good health and spending time with wife, Kelley.

Zach Cartledge

Zach Zechariah has always been passionate about running, but it was the 2017 Tunnel to Towers 5k that inspired Zechariah to keep running for our First Responders. During the run, he had the opportunity to run with nearly 100 First Responders, all dressed in full gear, for the duration of the race. Before the race, he was also assigned a name tag of 9/11 Officer that lost their life following the terrorist attacks. Zechariah spent all of 2018 honoring that one particular Officer and was able to meet the family of that Officer following the 2018 Tunnel to Towers Run in NYC. That interaction showed Zechariah how much his acts of running for our fallen heroes meant to the families, so Zechariah set out on a mission to continue doing that in 2019. In 2019, Zechariah ran 1-mile for every First Responder lost in the line of duty in 2019 as well as a mile for every Police Officer lost in the line of duty in 2018. For those heroes he honored lost in 2019, the flags he carried were each sent to the family of that fallen hero along with a hand written note. By years end, Zechariah ran over 350 miles in 2019 including miles run in 6 different states. His efforts to honor our fallen have also been featured on various news agencies including national shows such as FOX & Friends, GMA3 w/Strahan, Sara and Keke as well as we CBS Evening News. His mission has also become it's own 501(c)(3), and through Zechariah "Running 4 Heroes" non-profit, not only are all our fallen heroes being provided with memorial flags that Zechariah ran with in their honor, but the funds that are raised are going towards the Running 4 Heroes Injured First Responder grant, which awards a minimum of $5,000 per month to First Responders injured in the line of duty and helps offset the costs of medical expenses as well as other financial hardships that come up as a result of the injury.

Chris Deisler, Winter Springs Chief of Police

Chrissecond-generation law enforcement officer, Chris Deisler serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Winter Springs. Beginning his career in law enforcement with the Winter Springs Police Department at the age of 19, he has served the city he loves and calls home for nearly his entire adult life. Public service was a calling that started early on in his childhood home as he watched his father serve in law enforcement and recently retired after 44 years of service. Being around the law enforcement profession from an early age allowed Chief Deisler to see all sides of what the career could offer and eventually he embarked on his journey into public service. “Sometimes people choose their profession and other times their profession chooses them. I truly believe law enforcement was my calling from an early age”. Having spent nearly three decades serving the community of Winter Springs he has seen the city grow and flourish into the great place it is recognized as to live, raise and family, and work. “I am truly fortunate to have been afforded all of the opportunities this great city has afforded me along with my career. Being able to serve as the Chief of Police is an honor and a duty I do not take lightly”. Chief Deisler is grateful for the dedication of all of the department’s employees to keep the city safe day in and day out and for the support the community and city leaders have shown him. “We cannot do it without all of them”. Chief Deisler and his family live in Winter Springs and are proud to be members of this great community. Additionally, Chief Deisler has been a loyal protector of our Scottish Highland Games for the 19 years we have been in Winter Springs.

Jim Flanagan

Jim Jim grew up in the Central Florida area, graduating from Lake Howell High School in 1987. He has been a part of the Central Florida Scottish Highlands Games since it has been in Winter Springs, providing security while working for the Winter Springs Police department, with several posts during the event. For the past several years he was assigned to the Lochside stage where he was responsible for providing security for the bands. He made good friends with Albannach (as seen by his cool photo with Jamesie Johnston) and Screaming Orphans. He had the opportunity to meet Chip Crawford; a great person and friend, who will be missed. Jim worked for the Winter Springs Police Department from April 1989 until April 2019, with many accomplishments under his belt. He served as a specialist in many aspects of traffic enforcement, crash investigations and advanced traffic investigations involving serious bodily injury and death. He was a criminal investigator who worked hundreds of cases with professional diligence to bring justice to victims of crime, elderly victims who had nowhere to turn and children who were unable to speak for themselves and needed help. Jim has been a source of guidance and training for new officers to educate them on aspects of their job.