LOCAL CITIZEN AWARDED LIFE SAVING MEDAL AT SHERIFF’S BREAKFAST
Sheriff Casey Salisbury hosted speakers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security at the monthly Sheriff’s Breakfast held at the Little Creek Casino. Retired employees Cyndy Brehmeyer, T.R. Rankin, and Kenneth McGill were recognized for their service. Corporal Rob Decker was recognized as Corrections Deputy of the Year. Sheriff Salisbury also presented a life-saving award to local citizen, Randy Bruff.
Before introducing the guest speakers, Sheriff Casey Salisbury took time to reflect on recent violent acts against law enforcement. He said, “I have worn a black band on my badge more this year than I ever have – It’s a terrible thing. We have had many, many cards, treats, and heartfelt thanks over the past few weeks and we are so appreciative of our community’s support.
Awards presentations preceded the guest speakers. Sheriff Salisbury presented retired Deputies Kenneth McGill and T.R. Rankin with Meritorious Service Medals for their exceptional service as members of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.
Retired Corrections Deputy Cyndy Brehmeyer was presented with a plaque recognizing her many years of dedicated service to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Corporal Rob Decker was recognized for his selection as Corrections Officer of the Year for the Mason County Jail.
Local citizen, Randy Bruff, was presented a Life Saving Medal by Sheriff Salisbury for his immediate response to a person in distress when he dove into Lake Cushman and located a drowning victim in 10 feet of water. He immediately brought the victim to the dock and performed CPR. He was recognized for his actions which showed courage, great integrity, and a deep respect for his fellow citizens. Senator Tim Sheldon also recognized Randy Bruff for his heroic actions
The guest speakers from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security presented information on international and domestic terrorism threats and especially those threats which have or could impact our local communities. Safety concerns for our rural schools were especially highlighted due to the fact that they are considered hi-impact targets as community gathering points. Information on what to watch for and how to report it to the proper authorities was distributed and will also be available on the Mason County Sheriff’s Office blotter page on the website.
The monthly Law Enforcement Breakfast draws together first responders from multiple agencies in the region including fire, medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel as well as retirees and public-minded citizens. Keynote speakers are invited to address topics affecting communities, public service, and current trends.