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May-17-2007 02:22printcomments

Oregon Officers Honored at Exchange Club Event (VIDEO)

The people honored were from local law enforcement agencies, the 911 center and the District Attorney's office.

Steve Cox of the Marion County, Oregon Sheriff's Office
Steve Cox won the honors for the Marion County Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy: Marion County Sheriff

(SALEM, Ore.) - Six individuals were recognized at the Exchange Clubs of Salem's annual Officer/Dispatcher/DDA of The Year luncheon held Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 from noon to 1:00 PM in Salem. Each honoree was presented with a plaque commemorating the outstanding contributions they have made to the community and their agency.

The event is normally hosted by Marion County Sheriff Raul Ramirez, who is recovering at this time from heart bypass surgery. Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau who presented the award on behalf of his agency, said he had just visited the Sheriff, who is recovering well.

Still, the show had to go on and Undersheriff Greg Olson took that honor in the Sheriff's absence.

The year's honorees this year are:

Officer Gene Zuniga of the Keizer Police Department. Officer Zuniga joined the Keizer Police Department in 2004. He is currently assigned as a Motorcycle Officer and is a Defensive Tactics and Confrontation Simulation instructor for the department.

Detective Ben Bales of the Salem Police Department. Officer Bails has been a Salem Police Officer for ten years. His assignments have included the department's Drug Activity Response Team (DART) and the Traffic Control Unit. He has also developed a close working relationship with the Southeast Salem Neighborhood Association.

Trooper Joe DelGreco of the Oregon State Police. Trooper DelGreco is a member of the agency's Canine Unit. He and his dog have been responsible for more than 35 seizures of narcotics since 2006. The seizure of more than $335,000 also resulted from those activities.

Deputy District Attorney Courtland Geyer with the Marion County District Attorney's Office. DDA Geyer has been with the Marion District Attorney's Office since 1993. He currently manages the Child Abuse and Adult Sexual Assault Teams and is the co-chair of the Marion County Child Abuse Response Team. He has been a leader in bringing child abuse awareness training to the Salem-Keizer School District and community organizations.

Communications Specialist Jennifer Brinlee of the Willamette Valley Communications Center. Ms. Brinlee has been with WVCC since 2001. She is a Communications Training Officer. She is very active with Habitat for Humanity and is involved in a local dramatic arts program.

Deputy Steve Cox of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Cox has been a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for 7 years. He has held assignments including Detective and Field Training Officer. He works closely with neighborhood watch groups and has spent countless hours raising funds for the Crisis Chaplaincy Services which provide chaplain services to police and fire agencies across Marion and Polk Counties.

WATCH THE VIDEO COVERAGE OF THE EVENT BELOW
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Hank Ruark May 19, 2007 10:26 am (Pacific time)

To all: Have four sons "in the media" with constant working contacts allowing observation of just such hidden heros as these honored. Still, agree basically with Al that great efforts needed in educating the public to force the social/economic changes he advocates. SO that makes open channel honest demo-dialog essentially demanded, with all detractors seeking to damage it by paid attack among our deep enemies.


Molly S. May 17, 2007 3:09 pm (Pacific time)

My dad is a police officer, he deserves this type of award also, maybe next year we will see his smiling face up there.


Jack Armstrong May 17, 2007 1:09 pm (Pacific time)

It made me proud to watch this video, thanks all of you and thanks Salem-News for sharing this important information.


Albert Marnell May 17, 2007 10:58 am (Pacific time)

Thanks to Salem-News.com, I was able to attend. I see the pluses and minuses of paramilitary service for those that work in the profession and those affected by it. My biggest concern is that when there is some kind of martial law declared in the near future because of globalization and the increasing lowering of the standard of living in the United States and other Western nations; which of these gentlemen will take the side of the people and refuse orders from the big boys or the political elite who are connected with the industrial and monetary elite. Then you will see who is the bravest, most decent and smart. For the present: protecting kids-great, curtailing meth-great, marijuana busts-wrong. I heard nothing about protecting the homeless, mentally-ill, poor, disabled etc.-very wrong. I heard nothing about taking a stance against middle-class morality that does nothing but keep people in the prison of a "Mayberry" like existence. All of them are scared to go against the grain of what is the standard "norms" of day to day life. Just enforcing existing laws, (some of which are archaic) does nothing but perpetuate a clinical and often nonrational existence. After a while, middle-class morality prevents you from thinking outside the box and can kill you with boredom and loss of freedom. Women are generally more likely to what their homes to be "prison with curtains". They want to stop change and keep total control over their husbands, children, neighbors, root structure of their trees etc. That is not living. That is death. I saw the good but want more from these people in terms of progressive thinking and re-evaluating some of the laws they enforce and maybe being proponents of new laws to protect the underdog....not just the middle-class house wife. I write this with respect to all the people who attended and am just trying to raise awareness or consciousness a little bit more.


Matt Johnson May 17, 2007 10:46 am (Pacific time)

Thanks you guys, for keeping people here safe.

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