Lynnwood police officer recognized
Lynnwood Police officer Chris Breault was recently honored as Drug Recognition Expert of the Year for Region 7 which includes all of Snohomish, Island and Whatcom Counties.
A drug-recognition expert or drug-recognition evaluator is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.
Breault had 74 drug evaluations for 2010. The average number of evaluations by a drug recognition expert in the state is about 20 or less. Breault removed 195 drivers from the streets in 2011.
Sky Valley provides food, gifts
Generous community donations to the Sky Valley Food Bank “Hope for the Holidays” program helped provide 747 children Christmas gifts.
With the organization and guidance of volunteers Kristie Higgins and Sarah Johansen, the “toy room” elves sorted and filled shelves with age-appropriate toys and games that were then distributed in the days before Christmas. Diane Wilton filled stockings for a festive touch.
Sky Valley Food Bank distributed holiday meals to 475 families.
The efforts also were made possible by many businesses, schools and individuals who held food drives or toy drives, said food bank director Neil Watkins.
More information about Sky Valley Food Bank is available by calling 360-794-7959.
Firefighters help wounded warrior
Lynnwood Firefighters Local 1984 adopted a wounded veteran’s family in Spokane for Christmas.
The Lynnwood union joined Spokane’s firefighters union to donate $1,000 to the family.
Camp Fire USA donates to food bank
Camp Fire USA MEGA Club in Marysville went caroling and held a canned-food drive at a local Safeway store on Dec. 22. Club members made ornaments to give to those that donated either food or cash. They collected a total of 81 pounds of food for the Marysville Community Food Bank.