Collier County Sheriffs Office
In high school William Pschigoda was a member of the sheriff's explorer program; this program facilitated through the Collier County Sheriff's Office helped him to discover his calling. "I always wanted to be like the deputies I idolized in my schools," William says. He started working for the Collier County Sheriff's Office upon finishing high school and is now a Corporal assigned to road patrol and as an alternant in the marine patrol division. He earned his certification as an EMT just prior to working full time at the Sheriff's office. According to William he drowned at a young age and was brought back to life by paramedics from Collier County EMS. He knew from that point on that he wanted to devote his life to helping people.
William has been moments away from death on several occasions; his relentless pursuit of suspected criminals throughout his career has left him with surgery scars and hours of rehabilitation. Each incident has resulted in him fighting his way back to work, despite the doctors telling him he might never work as an officer again.
"William is a miracle; he has something in him that just keeps him going. Despite all of William's close encounters; he is still just as determined and committed as ever."
His superior officer, Sgt Doug Dever, says that Corporal Pschigoda has always been committed to his department and his community.
According to the humble Corporal Pschigoda, his 5 year-old -daughter is the courageous one; he says his daughter and his family have helped and supported him through all of the challenges he has faced in his career.
William Pschigoda says that he is proud of his family, his community, his work and all of his fellow agency members, "They all came together when I needed them most, they are all my heroes."