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Milestone: Footprinters laud law enforcement, public safety officers
The Olympic Peninsula Chapter 74 of the International Footprint Association honor the achievements of 13 Clallam County law enforcement and public safety organizations at its annual Officer of the Year Awards banquet held at the Sequim Elks Lodge for Law Enforcement Week.
Program chairman Gene Mattson (far left) and chapter president Bob Klink (far right) presented special recognition plaques to officers selected by their agencies who have excelled in their careers by going “above and beyond.”
Among those honored were (from left of Mattson): Deputy Chief Sherri Crain of the Sequim Police Department representing records specialist Sandra McCulloch (not shown); Ron Sukert, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office assistant sheriff, and Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict for corrections deputy Wes Miner; Forks Police Chief Rick Bart for patrol officer Julie Goode; Port Angeles Fire Department firefighter/paramedic Bryant Kroh and fire chief Ken Dubuc; assistant chief Mike DeRousie and fire chief Sam Phillips of the Port Angeles Fire Department/Clallam County Fire District 2; firefighter Len Horst and fire chief Steve Vogel of Clallam County Fire District 3; Lt. Dave Benzick and board chairman Ben Pacheco Clallam County Fire District 4; Sgt. John Ryan of the Washington State Patrol for trooper Eric J. Ellefson; Jay Cumbow, U.S. Border Patrol Agent in Charge, for border agent A. Scott Rogers (not shown); correctional officer Jason Earls and superintendent Mike Obenland of the Clallam Bay Corrections Center; yeoman third class Jeremy Paulson and chief Cheri Lott of the U.S. Coast Guard: police chief Terry Gallagher for Cpl. Joshua Powless (not shown) of the Port Angeles Police Department and PenCom communications officer Tony Rife.
The Footprinters is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to promote fellowship, respect, cooperation and helpfulness among all arms of law enforcement/firefighting and the public. It also promotes the welfare of its members and communities to champion the true spirit of Americanism by supporting such civic activities as charitable works, sponsoring youth groups and awarding scholarships to young people interested in law enforcement and firefighting.