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Sheriff applauds deputies

Several Clallam County Sheriff's Office employees were recognized Saturday, Feb. 20, for exceptional performance and service in 2009.

_ Animal Control Deputy Tracey Kellas, Employee of the Year

_ Deputy Bill Cortani, Medal of Valor and Purple Heart

_ Civil Deputy Deb Everts and Undersheriff Ron Peregrin, Sheriff Star Medal

_ Sgt. Nick Turner, Merit Award

_ Sgt. Jeff Finley (two awards), corrections officers Kellie Abbott, Steve Brooks, Ray Cooper, Gary Gort, Eric Morris, Dick Pitt and Mary Rupprecht all received Lifesaving Medals

_ Sgt. Don Wenzl, Sgt. Jeff Finley, Sgt. Grant Lightfoot, Animal Control Deputy Tracey Kellas, Deputies Jef Boyd, Josh Ley, Emergency Management Program coordinators Jamye Wisecup and Penny Linterman, lead food service worker Tom Shumway, administrative coordinator Chris James all received Meritorious Service Awards

_ Marine Unit, Deputies Ralph Edgington, Bobby Cannon, Jef Boyd, Eric Munger and Sgt. Randy Pieper; computer records management system conversion team: Luke Brown, Sylvia Orth, Jeff Finley, Karen Roberts, Mary Rupprecht, Matt Blore, Annie Lowe and Chris James; jail medical support, Patti Leseur, Chuck Henke and Kathy Traxinger, all received Meritorious Unit Citations.

___Sgt. Randy Pieper, Deputies Mel Kempf and Ken Oien, Corrections officer Buddy Depew received Commendation Awards.

Sheriff Bill Benedict said the number of awards earned this year indicates a vibrant and healthy department where every individual is committed to excellence in public service.

"I couldn't be prouder of each and every one of them."

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