14750 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, Fl 33912, USA
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Sergeant Van Pelt

Sergeant Van Pelt 

Sergeant Van Pelt grew up in a semi rural area in southern New Jersey. Learning to ride horse before riding a bicycle, Sergeant Van Pelt developed a passion for animals from an early age. At 13, he began volunteering at a wildlife refuge in Red Lion, New Jersey.

After relocating to Fort Myers with his family in 2005 and graduating Gateway Charter High School in 2007, Sergeant Van Pelt started to explore and develop his passion for the Florida wilderness, specifically the Everglades where he spends a large portion of his free time exploring.

In 2008 Sergeant Van Pelt joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Deputy. Several years later he attended the crossover academy and transferred to road patrol. On road patrol he became the “go to” deputy for wildlife calls, including large birds of prey, alligators and several venomous snake.

In March of 2023, Sergeant Van Pelt was afforded the opportunity to put his love of animals to work full time and was transferred to Sheriff Marceno’s Animal Cruelty Task Force. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant shortly after in November of 2023, and currently overseas all of the animal cruelty investigations at the Sheriff’s Office. Since being in the unit, he has attended multiple cruelty courses including the University of Missouri’s Cruelty Investigator School. Sergeant Van Pelt also sat on the panel of subject matter experts and assisted in developing a new Animal Cruelty Investigation curriculum for FDLE.

Sergeant Van Pelt also served in the United States Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army Reserves in 2018. Now in his free time you can find him exploring the area on horseback with his 15 year old quarter horse, Hank, or down in the Everglades searching out and removing invasive burmese pythons.

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