• Mason County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Police Suicide Prevention Course

    SHELTON, Wash. – On Friday, September 27, 2013, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, spear-headed by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps, hosted a Law Enforcement suicide prevention course entitled “Protecting & Serving Our Own: Reducing Police Suicide & Building Resiliency”. 

    Over 75 attendees from Law Enforcement agencies throughout Washington and Oregon listened to the speaker/trainer Robert Douglas, who is a leading expert in the area of police suicide according to Dateline, CNN, Time Magazine, and the USA Today.  Robert Douglas is also the author of 4 books: “Death with No Valor”, “Hope Beyond the Badge”, “Healing for a Hero’s Heart”, and soon to be published, “The Art of Being You”.

    Robert Douglas served as a U.S. Marine, is a 25 year Police Officer veteran serving in 2 different Police agencies, has served 24 years as a Pastor and has served several Law Enforcement agencies as a Police Chaplain.

    Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) Suicide Liaison Julie Zielinski, former competition body builder and mother of Chelan Deputy Sheriff Matt Zielinski, also provided a moving personal testimony about how her son, a Deputy Sheriff and US Marine combat veteran, committed suicide while employed as a Deputy.

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  • Washington State Penitentiary Receives Award for Supporting Staff Members Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan

    WALLA WALLA – The Washington State Penitentiary today received the "Above and Beyond" award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee for its exceptional support of staff members who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

    The ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that was established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve members and their employers and to assist with conflicts that arise during an employee's military commitment.

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  • Fallen Soldier Aaron Fairbairn Returns to Grays Harbor

    Aaron Fairbairn arrives at Bowerman Airfield

    Private First Class Aaron Fairbairn returned home Tuesday afternoon. Supporters lined Simpson Avenue from Hoquiam to Aberdeen, waving flags and showing their support. Fairbairn's body was taken to Harrison Family Mortuary, after arriving by plane at Bowerman Airfield. Fairbairn will be presented for a public viewing at 9am on Saturday at Aberdeen High School, he will be laid to rest later that day with full military honors.

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    MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – More than 120 Airmen from McChord’s 8th Airlift Squadron will be greeted by family and friends here early Thursday morning after a 120-day deployment in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

    The 8th AS Airmen were deployed as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan.

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  • VA Mobile Vet Center to visit Olympic Peninsula

    Tacoma, WA— Peninsula community  combat Veterans will now have improved access to counseling services and referrals for VA benefits and community resources.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Tacoma Vet Center will deploy a Mobile Outreach Team beginning Monday November 18th to Olympic Peninsula. The mobile team will be at the following locations for dates and times shown:

    Aberdeen                    18 November  10AM – 2PM               1103 East Wishkah Blvd

    Forks                           19 November    8AM – 4PM              941 Merchants Road

    Neah Bay                    20 November  10AM – 3PM              NAVFW Post 11481

    Port Angeles               21 November      8AM – 4PM              216 S. Francis Street

    Port Orchard                22 November   10AM- 230PM              216 Prospect Street

    Veterans can make an appointment by calling (253) 565-7038.  Veterans are also welcome for walk-in services. 

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  • First Dog Graduates from Cedar Creek Training Program

    Littlerock, WA – Bodie, a gentle black lab, was the first dog to graduate from Cedar Creek Corrections Center’s new program where offenders train dogs to be service animals for Veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    DOC partners with Brigadoon Service Dogs and the Department of Veterans Affairs for the program which was recently featured in The Olympian.

    Dog handlers Thurman Sherrill and Don Glaude trained Bodie in basic obedience. Bodie will finish his training with Brigdoon Service Dogs in Orting.

    There are nine other dogs in the program that are being taught basic obedience training by the offenders at the minimum-security prison.

    DOC has dog training or adoption programs at all 12 of its prisons. The programs help increase staff and offender safety by providing offenders with an incentive to complete treatment programs and remain infraction-free, which are requirements to remain in the program.

    Photo: Dog handlers Thurman Sherrill and Don Glaude trained Bodie in basic obedience. Bodie will finish his training with Brigdoon Service Dogs in Orting.

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  • Memorials for 2 Pacific NorthWest Troops Slain in Afghanistan

    The bodies of two U.S. troops who died Afghanistan have been returned to their families in Portland, Ore., and Hoquiam, Wash.

    In Hoquiam, a sudden gust of wind brought dozens of flags to attention Saturday at a ceremony for the entombment of 20-year-old Army Pfc. Aaron Fairbairn.

    He died in a suicide truck bombing on the Fourth of July at Combat Outpost Zerok in Afghanistan.

    Flags snapped in the wind at the Hillsboro Airport outside Portland as the remains of 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Matthew Lembke arrived on a small charter jet at sunset Thursday.

    Lembke lost both his legs and his heart and breathing stopped when an improvised explosive device was detonated on June 22. He clung to life at a hospital in Germany until July 10.

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  • Flags lowered Friday for dead Aberdeen soldier

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags at state agencies lowered to half-staff today for an Aberdeen soldier killed in Afghanistan.

    Twenty-year-old Pfc. Aaron Fairbairn was killed on the Fourth of July when insurgents attacked a combat outpost.

    Fairbairn and 19-year-old Private Justin Casillas of Dunnigan, Calif., died in the attack. Thirteen other soldiers were injured.

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    Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis, who grew up in Montesano, has been killed in the Oruzgan province of Afghanistan as the result of injuries received from an improvised explosive device. The Daily World of Aberdeen reports that Davis’ mother, Sally Sheldon of Aberdeen, was notified of her son’s death on Friday. Davis’ father, Mike Davis, lives in Ocean Shores. Davis had just turned 28 and would have been married for five years next month. He met his wife, Meagan, while training at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. They have a 1-year-old son. Davis was assigned to Florida’s Hurlburt Field. He was with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron

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