Sheriff’s Office hands out awards

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office recognized more than 80 employees, volunteers and citizens at its annual awards ceremony Feb. 16.

Sheriff’s Awards: Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force; Deputy Jon Barnett and Deputy Jeff Howerton

Purple Heart: Corrections Deputy Samuel Chen

Citizen Medals of Valor: Darrell Fortin, Nicholas Ulacia

Distinguished Service Medals: Deputy Evan Twedt, Deputy David Bennett, Sgt. Jess Sanders, Deputy Tracy Peckham

Meritorious Service Medals: Sgt. Daniel Johnson, Deputy Ian Whipple, Deputy Chris Veentjer, Motel 6 manager Gene Bishop, Sgt. Marcus Dill, Deputy Ryan Phillips, Deputy U.S. Marshal Rob Gerg

Sgt. John Taylor Supervisor of the Year: Sgt. Ian Edwards

Patrol Deputy of the Year: Deputy Mathew Boice

Corrections Deputy of the Year: Corrections Deputy Brittani Gilfeather

Deputy Joe Ward Detective of the Year: Det. Nicole Richardson

Civilian Employee of the Year: law enforcement technician Susan Martinez

Clarence Robertson Reserve Deputy of the Year: Reserve Deputy Craig O’Neill

Volunteer of the Year: Judy and Jack Odell

Explorer of the Year: Tanner Hedlund

Life Saving Medals & Awards: Corrections Deputy Pavel Ryakhovskiy, Corrections Deputy Benny Walters, Deputy Nathan Smith, Deputy Brandon Liukko, Deputy Nathan Smith, Deputy Keith Poteet, Beau Ramsey, Anne Cherise Jensen, pilot-in-command Deputy Steve Klett, pilot Fire Chief Travis Hots, Crew Chief SAR Volunteer Randy Fay, flight medic firefighter Richard Duncan, Flight Medic Firefighter Tori McCormick, Sgt. Danny Wikstrom, pilot-in-command Deputy Bill Quistorf, rescue technician Ernie Zeller, flight medic Richard Duncan, Deputy Jeffrey Howerton, Sgt. Tom Morris, Michael Holmes, Deputy Arthur Wallin, classroom aide Bradley Hill, classroom aide David Harris, Lynwood High School teacher Tracy Dostert

Citizen Commendations: Deputy James Gibson, Deputy Josh Hostetter, Deputy Matthew Calnon, Deputy Ryan Boyer, Deputy Bryan Martin, Deputy Nick Giralmo, Sgt. David Casey

For a full list of honors, including Certificates of Merit and Letters of Commendation, as well as more information about some of the honorees, go to

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