2017 Annual Awards and Employee Celebration

Awards Categories


Trophy of Appreciation
Certificate of Appreciation
Administrative Award of Merit
Sheriff's Unit Memo
Sheriff's Unit Commendation
Commendatory Memo
Investigative Award of Merit
Life-Saving Award
Volunteer of the Year
Civilian of the Year
Deputy of the Year
Corrections Supervisor of the Year
Lt. Elliott Award
Traffic Safety Award
Sheriff's Award
Chief Deputy's Award

Trophy of Appreciation

Husson University - Russell Strout

One of the challenges faced by law enforcement is the cost of keeping our staff trained in the growing number of topics that are relevant to our communities. We have been fortunate to find a partner in Husson University. Husson continuously works with us to provide a venue and to bring training that will continue to help us best serve our community. To Russell Strout of Husson University and his staff, thank you for your continued support of our mission by helping us to make it happen.

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Trophy of Appreciation

S.A.D 61, Lakes Region School District
Andrew Madura

For many years now we have been hosting a Triad Lunch and Learn for senior citizens of Cumberland County at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine. It’s a lovely venue with lots of space to serve lunch and provide presentations relevant to senior safety. One thing lacking at Camp Sunshine is parking. Enter Andy Madura Transportation Director for SAD 61 School District. Andy loans us a couple of small buses and complementing drivers to shuttle our guests from the Point Sebago parking lot back and forth to Camp Sunshine. Without this generous donation of time and resources, our lunch and learn would not be possible. This year Andy also answered the call when we needed to transport the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps to Bangor to honor Corporal Cole. All we ever have to do is ask and he makes it happen.

To Andy Madura, his staff and colleagues at the Lakes Region School District. Thank you for your continued support in helping us to serve our community.

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Certificate of Appreciation

Kenneth and Joseph Carruthers

On December 5, 2017, just after midnight a woman was operating her vehicle in Harrison and attempted to miss a deer. She overcorrected and flipped her vehicle onto its side.  Immediately a fire started in the engine compartment.

Kenneth and Joseph Carruthers, father, and son heard the crash which landed on their front lawn and headed outside. A neighbor handed Kenneth a fire extinguisher and he was able to provide cover for Joseph as he entered the rear of the burning vehicle and freed the woman from the vehicle. They kept her warm and comfortable while waiting for rescue.

Both Kenneth and Joseph Carruthers demonstrated great care and compassion to a fellow citizen by placing themselves in immediate danger and acting so quickly to extricate the woman from the burning vehicle and avoiding certain and great harm if not death.

Thank you for your bravery and dedication to your community.  

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Certificate of Appreciation

Colleen Allard

During a Silver Alert on November 6, 2018, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office was desperately seeking information on the whereabouts of a vulnerable 81-year-old male.

Later that day we received a call from an employee of the Village Variety located in claiming to have possibly seen the missing man.  Having no idea his direction of travel, the York County Sheriff's Office notified Colleen Allard requesting her help in viewing store video recordings. Not on duty at the time, she had to stop what she was doing immediately to me York County at the store.

The camera coverage showed the direction the man took and he was quickly located, obviously lost and disoriented, but safe and unharmed.

Ms. Allard, thank you for your extra efforts in helping us to safely find this man and reunite him with his worried family.

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Certificate of Appreciation

Timothy Wyand

While riding his bicycle through Pownal on June 21, 2017 Timothy. Wyand saw another bicycle approaching from the other direction.  He then noticed the same bicyclist appear to lose consciousness, drift across the roadway and crash into the ditch. Mr. Wyand called 9-1-1 and immediately deployed Life Saving Measures to include CPR when he determined that the man had indeed collapsed, was not breathing and appeared to be dead.

The man had suffered a serious heart event. He had no pulse and no heartbeat. By the time of transport to the hospital, although in grave condition, he had a pulse and heartbeat thanks to the efforts of Mr. Wyand and rescue.

If not for the effort of Mr. Wyand this man most certainly would have died in a ditch on the side of the road in Pownal. Thank you for being a citizen that cars Mr. Wyand.

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Certificate of Appreciation

  • Michael Voisine
  • James Meguire
  • Alexander Grover
  • Matthew McGovern
  • David Potter

After arriving at the job site on March 10, 2017 employees of AH Grover noticed that one of their co-workers was missing.  This was made more concerning because this particular co-worker was currently suffering some emotional issues.  Out of genuine concern, the other workers on site started looking for the missing employee.

AH Grover employee Mke Voisine made the shocking discovery of finding the distraught employee hanging with a strap around his neck from a tree.  Mr. Voisine beckoned to the other employees; James Meguire, Alexander Grover, Matthew McGovern and David Potter.  The five employees frantically worked to free the man from the strap and provide him Life Saving Measures to include CPR and they called 911.

The man was transported to the hospital in grave condition, but has since made a remarkable recovery!

Clearly had these five co-workers not been concerned and taken the time to look for their friend, he would not have survived.  No one goes to work expecting something like this. To be able to act so quickly, decisively and cooperatively under such immense stress is incredible.

Thank you Michael Voisine, James Meguire, Alexander Grover, Matthew McGovern and David Potter for being friends and citizens who care.

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Administrative Award of Merit

  • CPO Mark Renna
  • CPO Heath Roberts
  • CPO Mary Sorrells

The Community Programs Officers never know from one day to the next what jobs they will be performing.  It could be helping inmates find a job, or apply for college.  Sometimes they may be shoveling snow alongside the inmates, or planting flowers on the campus.

During the months of October and November 2017, CPO’s Renna, Roberts, and Sorrells took on some housekeeping duties.  They identified several tasks that had not been completed and they got to work.

They completed tasks in Classifications, organized Screening folders, and even rearranging the compound grounds.  Next, they erecting a large military-style vehicle tent and then addressed a homeless camp that had developed in the shrubs on the back of the Sheriff’s Office property.  There was a lot of moving refuse, chopping down small trees and shrubs and helping people understand why they should not live in the woods on the Sheriff’s Office property.

They managed to complete all of these tasks while still doing their normal jobs of taking inmates to apply for jobs, and get clothes and prepare for life back in the community.

 I personally appreciate this dedication to the completion of things that get pushed aside.  It’s a great feeling when you finally finish a task like this.

CPO Renna, Roberts and Sorrells.  Thank you for your initiative and for getting to it and getting things done.  I like your style!

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Administrative Award of Merit

Officer Eric Moody and Officer Shawn Morissette

Similar to our last recipients, Eric Moody and Shawn Morissette saw the needs and they took care of them.  With the recent purchase of the ADANI Conpass DV Body Scanner, came the need to research the right machine and then once installed a method of operations.  Officer Eric Moody and Office Shawn Morissette quickly became members of the team researching and implementing our new ADANI  Conpass DV Body Scanner.  This was a yearlong project just to find the right machine and once installed, it took an unwavering dedication to learn how to apply the machine to our needs.  It has rapidly become an integral tool in our chest ensuring safety within the jail.

Meanwhile, this year we successfully completed our first Prison Rape Elimination Act or PREA audit.  In order to do this, required that we take a close look at the ability of inmates to report inappropriate behavior and contact and how we track that as well as how we minimize any inappropriate behavior.

One such process required the already form laden and time constrained Intake Department to complete the Risk Assessment form.  The two Officers worked with the PREA coordinator ensuring that the needs of PREA were met that our staff would be able to meet the standards.  Once all the issues were worked out, Officers Moody and Morissette helped train all of the intake staff members.

With both the Body Scanner and PREA there has come a complete culture change for Intake and this includes additional duties and responsibilities.  What has made this successful is the team culture that Officers Moody and Morissette foster.

It is this kind of attitude that helps keep the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office the premiere Sheriff’s Office in the state of Maine.

Officers Moody and Morissette, thank you for your “out of the box” thinking and for the dedication that you gave to these two tasks making them so successful.

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Sheriff’s Unit Memo

  • Deputy Cody Belyea
  • Deputy John Grabler
  • Sergeant Donald Mowatt

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, much like law enforcement everywhere has been struggling with a shortage of qualified applicants applying for our open jobs.

Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon has been working diligently revamping our hiring process and ensuring that we are known in the job seekers community.

One of his initiatives was to develop a job fair team.  Enter Deputy Cody Belyea, Deputy John Grabler, Sergeant Dan Haskell, and Sergeant Donald Mowatt.  These gentlemen take turns attending every job fair within a 100-mile radius of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.  They have been responsible for a majority of the successful applicants that joined us last year.

Deputy Belya, Deputy Grabler, Sergeant Haskell and Sergeant Mowatt, thank you for your dedication to this task, for your hard work and professionalism and congratulations on your successes!

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Sheriff's Unit Memo

  • Deputy Art. Brown
  • Deputy Ben Schaeffer    
  • Deputy Rafael Mendoza
  • Sergeant T.J. Reese
  • Deputy Dennis Mailman
  • Sergeant Anthony Hovey
  • Detective Ashley Hall
  • Officer Brad Gaumont

On February 10, 2017 the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office was called to a domestic incident in Naples.  It was reported that a man was threatening suicide with a hand gun.

There were four children and a woman involved and at one point the children came out of the house ill-equipped for the weather and very upset.  The deputies were able calm the children, gather some intel and were eventually able to enter the residence.

The man had a hold of the woman and was threatening to kill her if law enforcement did not leave.  It was clear that he was suffering some sort of mental issues as he claimed that snipers were trying to kill him.

A commotion ensured with law enforcement insisting that he give up the gun, he refused, but the female was able to get the gun away from him.  Law enforcement moved in and were met with resistance.  Because the gun was removed from the situation, a taser was deployed and the man fell into compliance.

The positive outcome of this incident can be attributed to these law enforcement professionals working together in unison.  Each of these professionals remained calm and were able to be at peak performance.

Deputy Art Brown, Deputy Dennis Mailman, Deputy Ben Schaeffer, Sergeant Anthony Hovey, Deputy Rafael Mendoza, Detective Ashley Hall, Sergeant TJ Reese of Bridgton Police Department and Officer Brad Gaumont of Bridgton Police Department, This was a textbook example of how to de-escalate a situation with no one getting hurt.  Excellent work.

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Sheriff's Unit Commendation

Officer William Prout and Officer Thomas Witham

Officer William Prout and Officer Witham were assigned a training project that, by its very nature, was going to be a difficult one – The Report Writing Process.  Although the Corrections employees have been writing reports for a long time, Officers Prout and Witham were introducing report writing on the Spillman data base!  No one likes change and this was a big one.  The two Officers spent hours meeting with other employees and IT ensuring that they addressed everyone’s concerns as the process moved forward. The duo focused on the positive of the new system; no more chasing down a supervisor for signature, no more photocopying and then taking the time to make sure the copies get where they need to be.

Once training was ready, the Officers took turns teaching while the other one walked around the class helping anyone that was struggling.  Officer Prout still provides staff with illustrated How-to’s via email again ensuring that everyone can become comfortable with the system.

Excellent team work Officer Prout and Officer Witham.  Your foresight and dedication to this project has made it a great success, moving our agency in a forward direction.

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Commendatory Memo

Officer Gregory Morrison

On September 30, 2017, Deputy Greg Morrison was processing a new arrest.  The new arrest had been searched, but then began to act strangely.  Deputy Morrison asked the man if he had anything on his person that he would like to turn over to the arresting agency thus avoiding a charge of bringing contraband into the jail.  The man reached into his pants and Deputy Morrison could hear the sound of plastic.

At this point, Deputy Morrison stopped the man and continued the search himself.  He discovered 180 bags of an Alprazolarn/Fentanyl mix hidden on this man’s body.

This mixture is a deadly potion. Recently, we had a Fentanyl spill in the jail and to ensure that no one was exposed to the deadly drug, we closed intake until the area could be properly decontaminated.

There is no way to know how many lives this discovery saved, including our own Corrections Officers.

Deputy Morrison, excellent work.  Your level of professionalism and dedication to the job is exemplary.

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Commendatory Memo

Office David Skibitsky

On July 6, 2017 Officer David Skibitsky got a call from Master Control of an accident in the Jail parking lot.  Once there, instead of an accident, he found a young man on the ground with shallow breathing and a fixed stare.  After trying to engage the man, who continued to drift in and out of consciousness, some other officers and two MDEA agents joined them.

One of the MDEA agents handed Officer Skibitsky some nasal Narcan.   After administering the narcan the man began to become more alert and was then transported to the hospital by med-cu.

This is a classic example of the average day of a law enforcement professional.  Each call may seem like one thing, in this case an accident, only to be something very different once you arrive on scene.

Excellent job Officer Skibitsky; Your quick response and ability to quickly adapt to the new situation most likely saved this young man’s life.

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Investigative Award of Merit

Theresa Ohle

Starting in March of 2017, Investigative Clerk Theresa Ohle has been assisting Detective Trevor Cote with the investigation of an embezzlement case.

A very involved and complex case such as this required an organized approach.  Ms. Ohle committed countless hours to the organization of records and receipts, as well as organizing these items in an easy to understand format. Her knowledge, attention to detail and commitment to this investigation was instrumental in the quality processing of this case.

Ms. Ohle, thank you for your hard work and dedication to this job.

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Life-Saving Award

Deputy Ben Schaeffer

On April 8, 2017, Deputy Benjamin Schaeffer was called to a rescue assist in Gray.  He learned that CPR instructions were being given to the caller for a 50-year-old male that was unresponsive.

Upon arrival, he found the man without a pulse and he immediately began to perform chest compressions.  Once rescue arrived, Deputy Schaeffer continued the chest compressions until advanced life-saving measures could be put into place.  Finally, the man regained a pulse and he was transported to the hospital.

In an emergency incident such as this, Deputy Schaeffer utilized the proper techniques and maintained the course which allowed the man to be stabilized enough to be transported.

Deputy Schaeffer, thank you for your dedication perfection in service.  Your actions exemplify the highest standards of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

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Life-Saving Award

Deputy Ben Schaeffer

On July 11, 2017, Deputy Benjamin Schaeffer responded to the report of a domestic issue in New Gloucester.  Upon arrival, however, he found a man that had severed an artery in his leg with a chainsaw while cutting wood. Deputy Schaeffer observed the man lying in a pool of blood and he applied a tourniquet to his upper thigh and held it until the arrival of the rescue personnel.

It does not take long for a person to lose their life due to this type of injury.  Due to the quick actions of Deputy Schaeffer, this man had a positive outcome.

Excellent work Deputy Schaeffer.  Two Life Saving Awards!

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Volunteer of the Year

Terry Christy

Terry Christy, President of the Sheriff’s Office’s Volunteers in Police Services has been serving Cumberland County and the Sheriff’s Office for quite some time.  First as a teacher in the Windham School district and most recently as President of the VIPS organization.

As a VIPS, he is at nearly every event as an active participant and he never says no to any of our requests.  Last year Mr. Christy, along with Dan Randall organized the first Run Around the Otter Pond 5-K race to raise much needed funds for the VIPS organization.  This is a huge undertaking and requires a significant time commitment. This event raised over $6,000.00 for the organization.

Last year also saw a major re-organization of the VIPS.  Mr. Christy worked diligently helping craft new plans and methods of operation.  Through Mr. Christy’s leadership, today the VIPS run more efficiently than ever.

We are proud to call Terry Christy one of our own and are proud to award him Volunteer of the Year.

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Civilian of the Year

Reverend Jeffrey McIlwain

Reverend Jeffrey McIlwain is an unsung hero at the Sheriff’s Office.  His endless work in the community is critical for promoting the mission of the Sheriff’s Office.  He has created positive relationships with all religious denominations which aid in the healing of many of the inmates at the jail.  This also makes him well versed in all denominations making him a wealth of information on the topic.

Reverend McIlwain is a shoulder and a friend to all at this agency.  As you may know, the field of Corrections and Law Enforcement can be fraught with daily tragedy and sadness.  His calm demeanor is invaluable in a jail and law enforcement setting.

No matter what is asked of him, Reverend McIlwain never says no, or complains about being asked, he greets each new request with a positive can-do attitude and works diligently ensuring he gives it his all and that the task is completed.

Reverend McIlwain is always there for any of us that needs him, no questions asked.

Reverend McIlwain, thank you.  You are a pleasure to work with.

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Deputy of the Year

Deputy Dennis Mailman

Deputy Dennis Mailman is a relatively new employee at the Sheriff’s Office.  Here just two years, he is already showing impressive dedication and energy.  By the second quarter of 2017 he and already cleared 36 calls including 16 OUI arrests.  As well, his work on drug enforcement has not gone unnoticed.

Deputy Mailman is proactive and his energy and obvious appreciation for the work he does is inspirational.

Deputy Mailman, thank you for your hard work and dedication. All of us at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office are honored to work with you.

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Corrections Supervisor of the Year

Lt. Arlene Jacques

Lt. Arlene Jacques has amazing multitasking skills.  It is amazing how much she accomplishes with so many moving parts in her department.  In Jail Programs, she is tasked with working with in house employees and outside organizations.  She works diligently coordinating programs, ensuring grant needs are met and growing opportunities for inmates to improve their lives.

Lt. Jacques approaches all of these tasks with a high spirit that is infectious to all that work with her.  Lt. Jacques has earned the highest respect from her co-workers and she is a mentor and inspiration to those that work with her.

Lt. Jacques, you are a text book example of a leader, your work ethic is unquestionable.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

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Corrections Officer of the Year

Officer Suzanne Del Rossi

Officer Suzanne Del Rossi has been with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years.  She is a steadfast, hard worker who can always be counted on to do the right thing and always shows pride in her work.

Officer Del Rossi is a team player and can be found joining in on all activities that shed a positive light on the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.  In the past, Officer Del Rossi volunteered for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office PAL Football fundraiser for youth in sports.  She was always an integral member of the team, scoring as many points as anyone.  Every year she volunteers to be a counselor at CampPOSTCARD.  She has become an integral member of this team as well and they have featured a photo of her on their 25th-anniversary page!

Officer Del Rossi, thank you for your hard work, high standards and commitment to the team.  It is a pleasure working with you.

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Lt. Richard "Dick" Elliott Award

Deputy Howard Brown

Recently, Deputy Howard Brown became the deputy for the new Frye Island contract.  This is a major commitment because the Deputy must live on the island all summer long.  It can seem like a 24 hour a day commitment because of this.

Deputy Brown has accepted this new job with great passion and commitment. It can be difficult to get him to leave the island at all in the summertime!  Reports from the town manager have all been positive.  He has made great contacts and he has made the image of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for the residents of the island a positive one.

As well, Deputy Brown remains the Sheriff’s Office advisor for the VIPS, attending the meetings, planning future initiatives and recruiting new members.

The Lt. Charles R. Elliott award was established to recognize Sheriff’s Deputies that display uncommon traits of duty honor and sacrifice to the Sheriff’s Office and the community.  Deputy Brown’s dedication to duty and sacrifice to the Sheriff’s Office and community are clear.

I am honored to present this award to you today.

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Traffic Safety Award

Deputy Dennis Mailman

The traffic safety award is given to the deputy that displays uncommon dedication to the mission of keeping the streets of Cumberland County safe.

In 2017, Deputy Dennis Mailman had the highest number in 5 of the 7 categories.  He had a total of 817 traffic stops and wrote a total of 220 29A violations.  Included in those numbers were 36 OUI's and 18 OAS's.

Excellent work!  I think we all will feel a little safer driving home tonight!

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Cheif Deputy Award

Waldo Ward

Waldo Ward is a steadfast employee.  With the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for six years, he has proven himself to be invaluable in many ways. Waldo arrives at the office approximately 45 minutes early to get ready for his day.  He can always be counted on whenever anyone needs a hand. Many times he is the only one that is willing to volunteer for a task, even though he has his own duties that must still be completed.

Waldo has taken the lead in organizing and formatting all Sheriff’s Office forms making them easy to use and always easy to find.   He also is the “go to” person for creating spreadsheets and preparing documents to be posted on both the intranet and Sharedoc.  His knowledge of the law and its application has proven to be quite valuable to this organization as well and he flawlessly handles the Protection from Abuse orders that come into the agency.

His patience for making calls to the patrol deputies filling shifts is commendable.  He knows all of the contractual rules ensuring he makes it fair for everyone.

His vast wealth of experience that he earned working with the United States Army has prepared him to be a professional and has given him a strong working knowledge of software programs such as Excel and Word. He eagerly shares his knowledge and is the “go to” person for creating spreadsheets, forms, and preparing documents to be posted on both the intranet and Sharedoc.

Waldo is fiercely loyal and always has the best interest of this agency as his foremost goal.  He is a friend to all that he works with and a consummate team player.   He keeps himself educated on all processes required at the Sheriff’s Office ensuring that he is ready for any tasks assigned to him.

It is my pleasure to recognize Waldo Ward for his dedication, loyalty and continuous quality work with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sheriff's Award

Officer William Prout

This award is presented to Corrections Officer William “Bill” Prout for his unwavering dedication to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

On numerous occasions, Officer Prout has “stepped forward” to assist his co-workers whether it be for work-related tasks or personal accomplishments.

In October 2016, Officer Bill Prout was assigned to the American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation. Since his appointment to accreditation, Officer Prout has encouraged a “team” atmosphere and has worked with other accreditation managers to solve problems, improve policies and inspire change that he feels is required to ensure that the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and namely the Cumberland County Jail is a leader in Maine corrections.

Recently, I asked that we move from written reports to computerized reports in the jail so that we can eventually move to a paperless atmosphere. In addition to working with other subject matter experts to instruct and teach the utilization of the Spillman Records Management System, Officer Prout took the initiative to put together a manual to assist the students with how to utilize Spillman. Additionally, utilizing his knowledge of Spillman and some creativity, Officer Prout utilized computer screenshots to assist his co-workers in understanding the various short-cuts, drop down boxes and methods of completing the necessary reports that are required by a Corrections Officer during his or her shift.

Therefore, in recognition of Corrections Officer Bill Prout’s teamwork, professionalism and contributions to the mission of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, I make public this Commendation and acknowledge that he has met the Sheriff’s hallmark-  “First to Serve.”

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