On Thursday, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined Attorney General Ashley Moody at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to recognize Corporal Mike Blair with the Attorney General’s Back the Blue award, while highlighting Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent signing of the strongest law enforcement support initiative in the nation.
In 2018, Detective Blair responded to a horrific crime scene where a man had murdered his daughter and the mother of his children and brutally attacked his son, stabbing him and lighting him on fire.
In acts of selflessness and compassion, Detective Blair and his wife Danyel spent time with the boy, Ronnie, in the hospital as he recovered from his injuries and then decided to adopt him, welcoming him into their family alongside their other five children.
“Florida is a law-and-order state, and the Governor and I commend Attorney General Moody for her partnership in backing Florida’s blue. No child should have to experience the trauma Ronnie went through, but because of the incredible generosity of Detective Blair and his wife Danyel, his story of love and prospect is just beginning,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis.
“Blair family, we thank you – your commitment to protect and serve drives our commitment to make Florida the most law enforcement-friendly state in the nation,” Desantis concluded.
“It’s situations like this that not only define who you are as an officer, but who you are as a human being,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody. “Corporal Blair has held many titles throughout his career, but I believe one of the most impressive titles he has earned is father. Corporal Blair is a hero, and I cannot thank him enough for his service to Florida and especially to his son Ronnie.”
“Corporal Mike Blair has an unwavering passion for serving his community. He is also devoted to his family and is a shining example of someone who goes above and beyond for those he loves and what he knows is right,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.
“If I had to describe him in one word, it would be ‘ready.’ Mike is always ready to help a coworker through a difficult time, ready to solve a heinous crime, to bring much-awaited answers and closure to families, and ready to open his heart and home to a little boy who changed his life for the better. I can think of no one more deserving than Mike for the Attorney General’s ‘Back the Blue’ award. I appreciate Attorney General Moody’s support and recognition of a man who has dedicated his life to service, doing so with compassion for those around him,” said Chronister.