The first of the monthly Sheriff’s Breakfasts for 2014 was held on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Little Creek Casino. Over 90 public safety professionals gathered for this wonderful event, now in its seventh year.
Law Enforcement officials representing municipal, county, state and federal agencies, Fire/EMS officials representing city, county and regional districts, Public Health Officials, Retirees from different agencies, Community Group representatives from different neighborhoods and volunteers within the public safety/service field all enjoyed a breakfast buffet and meeting hosted by Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury.
First, Sheriff Salisbury advised all attendees about the 2014 Mason County Emergency Services Polar Bear Plunge, being held Saturday, February 1st, 2014, from 11 AM to 4 PM, at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa, Union, WA. Sheriff Salisbury then passed around a plastic container in the shape of a bear, requesting donations. He is going to jump into the icy water of the Hood Canal and all donations will go to support emergency services in Mason County.
Sheriff Salisbury also reminded everyone about the Grand Opening, Building Dedication, Open House and BBQ, celebrating the opening of the fully staffed Sheriff’s Office North Precinct in Belfair. This event will take place on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014, ribbon cutting at 11 AM and the open house from noon until 4 PM. Sheriff Salisbury introduced former Sheriff Steve Whybark who was in attendance, and announced that the new North Precinct will be dedicated as “The Sheriff Steve Whybark Public Safety Building”. This honor is due to all of the dedicated work that Sheriff Whybark coordinated as a Mason County Sheriff in order to establish a Sheriff Sub-Station in the north end of the county.
Sheriff Salisbury then called up Deputy Sheriff Thurman Rankin and awarded him a 25 year service award plaque. Deputy Rankin has worked for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office since January 29, 1989 and received the award for his dedication and service over the last 25 years.
Sheriff Salisbury then called up Louann Davis, awarding her a recognition award for serving as the Mason County Civil Service Examiner from July 2005 until January 2014. As the Civil Service Examiner, Louann coordinated a merit system for hiring Deputy Sheriff’s and other employees of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Salisbury stated that Louann has been a valuable asset to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and that he was so grateful for her service.
Sheriff Salisbury then explained to the audience that many of the programs that the Mason County Sheriff’s Office has, would not be in existence if it were not for the partnerships with private businesses, corporations and concerned citizens. One of these programs is the Sheriff’s Office K-9 program.
This past year, Our Community Credit Union gave their support to the K-9 program, which not only has K-9 to assist in the capture of persons suspected of criminal activity, but the finding of missing persons, locating illegal drugs and the instruction on animal safety as well as the prevention of bullying. Sheriff Salisbury then gave an appreciation award to Bert Fisher and Daris Devaney of Our Community Credit Union. Some of the Deputy Handlers and their K-9 then came up for a photograph.
Sheriff Salisbury with the assistance of Sergeant Trevor Severance then presented the Deputy of the Year 2013 to Deputy Sheriff Chris Mondry. Deputy Mondry was selected as Deputy of the Year due to many different situations that he handled throughout 2013. Just to name a few, Deputy Mondry was instrumental in the organization of the Honor Guard and coordinated many search and rescue missions throughout 2013, resulting in the finding of three people, and the rescue of a citizen’s pet dog that had gone over a cliff. Deputy Mondry was cited for his dedication and his devotion to duty.
Undersheriff Jim Barrett then briefly recognized Mason County Sheriff’s Office Financial Manager Frank Pinter, who will be leaving the Sheriff’s Office to take over the duties as the Executive Financial Director of Mason County. A heartfelt thank you was given to Frank, but a formal recognition will be conducted at a later date.
Sergeant Travis Adams then introduced the speakers for the morning. Fire Fighter Paramedics Jess Fulkerson and Brandon Heggie, who volunteer as SWAT Team Combat Paramedics, gave a wonderful presentation on what they do as Combat Paramedics. After their presentation, Sheriff Salisbury presented each paramedic with a Mason County Sheriff’s Office challenge coin.