Detective Michael Gordon
The Terrorist Screening Center wrote in to thank Detective Michael Gordon for following the appropriate protocol by contacting them regarding a possible subject match. They appreciated his leadership and also our entire department’s dedication to protecting our nation.
Detective David Zanghi
Major Germani received an email from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to say that during his entire career as a prosecutor, he has not had a law enforcement witness as professional, prepared and effective as Detective Zanghi was during a recent trial. He also said that his testimony and the manner in which it was presented was extraordinary.
Deputy Mathew Salvadalena and Duputy Kurtis Andrews
A resident of Woodinville wrote to commend Deputies Salvadalena and Andrews for their “professionalism, compassion and understanding” during a difficult family situation they recently went through.
Deputy Ronald Riehs
Major Germani received a letter from a Muckleshoot Indian Reservation resident wanting to recognize Deputy Riehs for his outstanding service on the reservation. She said he is a great asset to their community and he was also there to assist her and her family when she was dealing with a difficult domestic situation. He ensured they were all safe and received the help they needed.
Deputy Mel Dickson
Several citizens wrote Deputy Dickson a letter thanking him for his diligence in addressing a drug problem they were having in their neighborhood. They found him to be a helpful, professional and welcome ally in the community support he and our organization provided to them.
Identification Technicians Marquel Allen, Jeffrey Broderson and Pamela Lyne
The Chief of Police from the City of Renton wrote to thank Marquel Allen, Jeffrey Broderson and Pamela Lyne for the presentation on AFIS that they gave to their Citizen’s Academy Class. He said they were professional, engaging and helpful.
Sergeant Jon Mattsen, Deputy Mel Miller and Deputy Keith Martin
Sheriff Rahr received a letter from the Commander of the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force. He wished to extend his appreciation to Sergeant Mattsen and Deputies Miller and Martin for their recent assistance in a planned operation that was conducted. He wanted to recognize them for their skills, competency and commitment to excellence.
Captain Noel Fryberger and Deputy David Montalvo
The President of a local homeowners association wrote to convey their thanks to Deputy Montalvo for his support and assistance to proactively reduce the use of illegal fireworks in their neighborhood this past Fourth of July. He also wanted to thank Captain Fryberger for his willingness to offer assistance.
Deputy Raingsey Lim
The Skyway Veterans of Foreign Wars selected Deputy Lim to be the recipient of their annual Loyalty Award. This award is given to those individuals who have shown exemplary service to the citizens of the Skyway Community.
Search and Rescue Unit
The Director of Operations at KC Explorer Search and Rescue sent an email expressing his thanks to the members of SAR and chain of command for their support of the volunteer program. He stated that, “You and your office routinely show yourselves to be adamant supporters of the volunteers who often get little recognition for what they do. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, and we deeply appreciate them.”
Sergeant Jon Loye, Deputy Keith Potter and Deputy Ken O’Neal
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office wrote to thank Sergeant Jon Loye and Deputies Potter and O’Neal for assisting with an aviation research and feasibility study. They stated the contact with staff was clearly the most valuable homework and all three are great ambassadors for Law Enforcement aviation.
Motorcycle Unit and TAC 30
A motorcade driver for the presidential visit on August 17 wanted to pass along his appreciation with both the traffic and security assistance the Sheriff’s Office provided. The driver complimented the motor officers for giving clear directions and the tactical unit on being unerringly polite and professional despite the heat and heavy gear. The deputies should be commended for doing a “wonderful” job.
Deputy Ross Markham
One of our Major Crimes detectives was interviewing a witness to a highway robbery. The man said he had never had any dealings with the Sheriff's Office in the past, but wanted to pass on how impressed he was with the deputy who responded. He called Deputy Markham very “polite and professional” and he was extremely pleased with his first contact with KCSO.
Detective Robin Fry
The Sheriff’s Office received a very nice letter from a woman commending Detective Fry for her work on a stolen checks case. This caused great emotional distress for our victim, but she said Robin kept in constant contact with her and recommended several resources that could provide help. The nice lady went on to write that Detective Fry went “… above and beyond the call of duty and to this day is of much assistance. I suspect I am not the only one she has helped. She saved my sanity and is an excellent and supreme example of public service. I cannot adequately express my thanks and appreciation for her services.”
Deputy Shelia Starrett
We received a very nice letter from Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center. They wanted to thank Deputy Shelia Starrett. Shelia contacted a very pregnant woman living in the woods somewhere near the hospital. She alerted the ER at Evergreen that this woman might show up to deliver her baby. This allowed the hospital to anticipate her eventual arrival, do research on the case history of the woman, and keep her from “falling through the cracks of the hospital system.”
Of course she did turn up—in labor. The woman presented herself in such a way that she easily could have concealed her “living arrangements”, and after a short stay mother and baby would have been released, presumably to head back to the woods. But thanks to Deputy Starrett taking the extra step to notify the hospital, they were ready and the baby was turned over to CPS. The letter says Shelia “changed the course of this child’s life.”
Administrative Specialist Donna Blades and East Precinct North Patrol
The S.H.E.R.I.F.F. Fund received a substantial donation from a citizen who made the contribution “as a result of a very prompt response to a false alarm at my home.” The gentleman went on to thank the “professional and courteous handling of the ensuing paperwork by Ms. Donna Blades.”
Deputy Martin Hodge and Deputy Raingsey Lim
A resident in the Skyway area wrote an email thanking the Major of the West Precinct for the quick response she and her husband received when a stolen vehicle became airborne and ended up in their front yard. Deputy Martin Hodge and Deputy Raingsey Lim responded to the incident, which included a foot chase and a capture. The email stated that the deputies “were everything you could ask for in law enforcement: responsive, efficient, caring, and helpful. They even spoke to our insurance company when the company balked about paying to have our car removed from our yard.”
Sergeant Rick Bowen
A Program Manager for Public Health-Seattle & King County wrote to us that Sergeant Rick Bowen “is to be commended for his leadership and willingness to problem-solve during a potentially challenging situation. He facilitated a smooth operation, established proper protocols, and overall was very helpful.” Sergeant Bowen coordinated a patrol response in an arrest using appropriate universal precautions to protect the public.
Deputy Tim Meyer
The East Precinct North Commander received a letter from a citizen commending Deputy Meyer for the way he handled an incident involving a potential DUI (Driving Under the Influence). A couple had been out for the evening, had a few too many drinks and encountered Deputy Meyer before the husband got behind the wheel of the car. There was a positive interaction which led to the husband writing a letter to Tim’s Commander stating: “my wife and I have both never been as impressed as we were last night. He [Deputy Meyer] made it clear he was rewarding my good decision [not to drive], and I will never make a bad one again. I will admit I have probably driven when I should not have in the past, especially using last night as a comparison because I felt I was PLENTY ok to drive, but I will never assume again. The biggest thing I want you to get out of this letter is a simple act of service and doing the right thing from an officer, who was just rewarding ME for doing the right thing, will change the lives of many more than that. The way I see it is, I will never get behind the wheel again if it’s even questionable. I will watch my drinking much more than I already did.”
The Sheriff’s Office received an e-mail from a citizen in Oregon, who was a plaintiff in a small claims case. She wanted to thank us for the service she received from the Civil Process Unit related to the service of her notice of small claims to a defendant. The address provided for service turned out to be a UPS store. Sara Grabko, an Administrative Specialist in the Civil Process Unit, shared this information with the petitioner when she called asking about the status of the service. The plaintiff then thought to provide us with the defendant’s phone number. Sara did some research and found the Washington Secretary of State’s website listed another possible address for the defendant. Sara provided this information to the detective and we were able to personally serve him.
Administrative Specialist Sara Grabko, Civil Process Unit