SAR chapter honors local law enforcement deputies, court clerks

(Fremont County, WY) –The Wind River Chapter of the Wyoming Society of the Sons of the American Revolution met on December 11th with an optional live stream at the Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery in Riverton. 

At the top of the agenda was the presentation of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s Law Enforcement Commendation medal. Ordinarily, the chapter recognizes a peace officer from each one of the three law enforcement agencies in the county: a local police department, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. 

This year only the FCSO submitted a candidate, so it was decided to double up on awards and recognize another branch of law enforcement: city clerks.

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One particular candidate was recommended by both the sheriff’s office and the Town of Hudson. This is because Hudson has no police department, but depends on the county to provide formal law enforcement. 

Mayor Mike Anderson of Hudson presented the NSSAR LEC award to Deputy Christine Davey.

According to Sgt. Kevin Rieman, Deputy Davey provides extra patrol time to the Town of Hudson and makes a point of stopping at the Sunrise School. There, she participates in activities with the students that include bringing them gifts and treats. This positive influence with the students is something they enjoy and helps build a positive relationship between them and local law enforcement.

Mayor Anderson also presented the LEC award to Patrol Deputy Jeffrey Gillett. 

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According to Sgt. Rieman, Deputy Gillett patrols the outlying county roads in the Riverton District to ensure all residents receive the same law enforcement presence regardless of the activity in the area. He goes above and beyond the requirements of the job by being proactive and taking on responsibilities without needing to be asked. 

“Deputy Gillett demonstrates a great love for the community he serves and protects to the best of his ability.” 

On top of his work-related duties, Jeffrey volunteers in the Fremont County Fire Protection District, Kinnear Battalion.

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The NSSAR Law Enforcement Award recognizes exceptional service or accomplishment in the field of law enforcement. Eligibility is not limited to peace officers but extends to the entire range of persons who make and enforce the law to include but not limited to peace officers, attorneys, judges, prosecutors and legislators who have performed an exceptional act or service beyond that normally expected. Therefore, the chapter also recognized Riverton Clerk of Court, Meghan Miller, and Deputy Clerk of Court Shanda Scott. 

According to Riverton City Administrator, Tony Tolstedt, “The Court Clerk and Deputy Court Clerk of the Riverton Municipal Court are an integral part of the law enforcement functions of the City of Riverton. These individuals consistently represent the City of Riverton and the law enforcement functions of the City while facilitating those cases assigned to the Riverton Municipal Court. While working in concert to enable the expeditious adjudication of those items before the Riverton Municipal Court, these individuals consistently conduct themselves with the professionalism deserving of this award. Regardless of the large workload or influxes in activity, these individuals provide outstanding service to all stakeholders in this process. Their professionalism and care for all those they serve is nothing short of outstanding.”

Tolstedt added, “The City is grateful for the good work of our Court Staff and the recognition they have consistently earned. Meghan and Shanda consistently provide outstanding service to our community through their diligent efforts and commitment to their jobs. We are proud to have them as a member of our team and appreciate the Sons of the American Revolution recognition of their efforts.”

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Due to prior commitments, the two clerks were unable to attend the chapter meeting in person, so Tolstedt presented the awards to them at Riverton City Hall. The families and friends of the two deputies attended the chapter meeting to jointly celebrate these awards with them. 

Since there were more awards presented this year than is normally budgeted, the chapter chaplain, Carl Garrison, donated the full cost of all four award packages. This is a national-level award and the names of the recipients will be published in the SAR Magazine later next year.

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