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Firefighter and EMT annual appreciation and recognition banquet coming up—door prize donations requested

—John Wolf, Captain, Sandoval County Fire Department South District

The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Algodones Volunteer Fire Department have been combined into the Sandoval County Fire Department “South District.” On February 22, we will be hosting our annual appreciation and recognition banquet for our firefighters and emergency medical technicians. We are looking for merchandise, gift certificates, or anything else that can be given away as a door prize to one of our volunteer firefighters or EMTs at the banquet.

The annual appreciation and recognition banquet is the only official “thanks” that our firefighters and EMTs receive throughout the year. Your generous donation will be given directly to a firefighter or EMT, and you and other donors will be recognized during the banquet.

The “South District” responds to more than 650 calls a year in Sandoval County, from the village of Placitas to the town of Bernalillo, as far north as the Pueblo of Santo Domingo, and as far south as Sandia Pueblo, including many accidents along Interstate 25. All of our members are volunteers who generously give of their time to respond to emergencies day or night and train during evenings and weekends. While each volunteer participates for the satisfaction of helping others in need, we all appreciate the chance to formally recognize our efforts with the annual banquet. Your donation will help ensure that one of our volunteers has something tangible by which to remember their year’s work.


Sandoval County sheriff’s deputies receiving recognitions are (from left)
Deputy of the Year nominee Exavier Aguilar, Law Enforcement Academy valedictorian Jacob Trujillo, and Deputy of the Year Robert Salas. Undersheriff Karl Wiese (right) presented the awards.

Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office celebrates deputies’ achievements

—Bill Diven

The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office has recognized the work of three of its officers, honoring one of them as Deputy of the Year.

Undersheriff Karl Wiese presented plaques to Deputies Robert Salas, Exavier Aguilar, and Jacob Trujillo during the January 8 county commission meeting.

Salas was named Deputy of the Year based on nominations by other officers and a review by a panel of supervisors. He was recognized for his enthusiasm for law enforcement, compassion for crime victims, and stepping up as an acting sergeant, Wiese said.

“Last year we were short a sergeant, and he took the interim position for several months,” Wiese said. “He handled critical issues involving personnel.”

In accepting the award, Salas said, “I hope to continue service for the sheriff’s office and the citizens of Sandoval County in a positive manner.”

Aguilar also was nominated for Deputy of the Year.

“We believe being nominated is worthy of recognition,” Wiese said. Aguilar’s work during the year included developing informants who met with investigators and helping to clear a homicide case, he added.

Trujillo received a certificate of commendation for graduating in December at the top of his 55-person class at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. His studies included academics, driving, and firearms skills.

 
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