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Posted on: October 11, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Congratulations to our 2018 S.C.O.P.E. Award Recipients


Congratulations to our 2018 S.C.O.P.E. Award Recipients

Please take a minute to help us recognize and say, “Thank You” to this year’s award winners, as well as ALL our Volunteers!! We could not do it without their selfless dedication!! (Comments below were submitted by fellow volunteers)

S.C.O.P.E. STATION---2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Central Valley – Mike Mahoney

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Central Valley S.C.O.P.E. is Mike Mahoney.  Mike is always willing and able to get the job done, whether anyone else knew it needed to be done or not!!  He completed the painting on the station but never told anyone he did it.  Mike took care of removing the wood from the trees that were cut down and lest I forget, the list goes on and on.  If a repair is mentioned, Mike takes care of it quickly. Mike is our Unsung Hero!!!  S.C.O.P.E. should be very pound of his dedication and his willingness to help when needed and at any time.              

Mike, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

Deer Park - Shirley Cornwell

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Deer Park S.C.O.P.E. is Shirley Cornwell.  Shirley joined S.C.O.P.E. in 1999.  Since that time, she has held almost every position at S.C.O.P.E., including being our secretary for the last eight years.  Shirley participates in many events S.C.O.P.E. is involved with in the community such as Winterfest, Settlers Days, Pet Parade, Pumpkin Lane and others. Along with her husband Larry, they conduct Disabled Parking and C.O.P. (Citizens on Patrol) patrols.  Shirley is a valued and important member of Deer Park S.C.O.P.E. and without her, the station would not run as smoothly as it does. Thank you, Shirley.

Shirley, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

East – Jim Thrawley

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year for S.C.O.P.E. East is Jim Thrawley.  Jim became a member of S.C.O.P.E. in September 2005 and has been an outstanding member.  His accomplishments are many. Each year, he partners with Otis Elementary to set up the crossing guards program, trains new crossing guards and each Fall, he conducts radar emphasis patrols for the school.  In addition, he works Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) weekly and hosts a “Thank You Party” for the school crossing guard program participants every Spring.  Despite his busy schedule, he still finds time to help.  For example, he transported the golf cart to and from the Spokane County Fairgrounds for the Interstate Fair and further supported the S.C.O.P.E. program at the Fair by working foot and golf cart patrols.  Jim is always available when a member needs help and is a great example of a real team player. To add to his accomplishments, it is important to know he was President of S.C.O.P.E. East for ten years and assists the current President when needed.

Jim, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

Edgecliff – Linda Kane

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Edgecliff S.C.O.P.E. is Linda Kane.  Linda has been a volunteer for a year and a half.  During that time, she has tackled difficult assignments with competency and enthusiasm while serving 800 hours this past year.  Linda has served as Advisory Team Secretary and Time Sheet coordinator.  She has been the righthand assistant to the President and Vice President in purging, organizing, and bringing our station files in compliance with the Station Manual. Linda was instrumental in updating a spreadsheet of Pawn Shops used by Detective’s attempting to solve property crimes.  She volunteers at the desk once a week and at the Valley Mall.  Linda has generously donated items to our station and yard sale while actively being involved in all our fundraisers and participated in many other volunteer opportunities.                                                                                                 

Linda, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

Elk – Karen and Terry Erickson

The 2018 Volunteers of the Year for Elk S.C.O.P.E. are Karen and Terry Erickson.  Karen & Terry Erickson have both been in S.C.O.P.E. for over 10 years.  Karen has been Secretary for all those years and has done a wonderful job.  She also served as Treasurer, volunteered for traffic control when needed, kept track of vacation watches and assists with many other administrative duties.  Members of S.C.O.P.E. could call on her for help with just about anything.   Terry has been Vice President most of his time in S.C.O.P.E. and does a great job.  When the President isn't at the meetings, he steps in to conduct the meetings.  He's done all the reports on the car, makes sure its serviced and it is kept clean for members of Elk S.C.O.P.E.  They both have done a lot of Citizens on Patrol and have been instrumental in co-coordinating the activities of our group and other organizations including fundraising activities such as the snack shack and car washes. Also, they have been instrumental in co-coordinating our annual S.C.O.P.E. Christmas toy giveaway along with the parent gift giveaway sponsored by God's Closet. They are both very active in promoting S.C.O.P.E. and crime prevention in our community. Both are well-known and very respected in the Elk Community.                        

Karen and Terry, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E., and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

EWU/Cheney – Claudia Lowman

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year for EWU/Cheney S.C.O.P.E. is Claudia Lowman.  Claudia lives in Sprague, WA and has been a very dedicated volunteer of the Cheney S.C.O.P.E. Station for 13 years.  She has held every office position several times over and commits her time and energy at the office, on every event, and meeting.  Claudia has been very active in the area schools with the Operation Family I.D. (OFID) program and loves working with the children!  She is always willing to help with everything, has a terrific personality, and a smile for everyone!  Her commitment and involvement has been above and beyond.

Thank you, Claudia, for who you are and what you do!

Claudia, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E., and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

Fairchild – SSgt Gregory Guldner 

92d Security Forces Squadron/S3L (POLICE SERVICES)

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Fairchild S.C.O.P.E. is SSgt Greg Guldner.  This award represents something which means a lot to the 92nd Security Forces Squadron and Fairchild Air Force Base; active involvement within our community!  The members of Team Fairchild are dedicated to "Global Community Service" and are committed to do whatever we can to make Spokane, the surrounding communities and our world a much better place to live.  As the NCOIC of Police Services, SSgt Guldner accomplished many things in FY2018.  We are proud of and celebrate his achievements.  In addition to his tremendous workload as an active duty member of the US Air Force, he also volunteered several hours for National Night Out, Police Ribbon Week, DARE, McGruff and Scruffy, Eddie Eagle, Citizens-on-Patrol, Pumpkin Patrol and many other S.C.O.P.E. related community events. Greg has never rested on his laurels instead, he continues to move forward to ensure we are better protected both at our home station and deployed. Greg, we salute you for a job well done!

Greg, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E., and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

Liberty Lake – Sue Chaoin 

The 2018 Liberty Lake S.C.O.P.E. Volunteer of the Year award goes to Sue Chaoin.  Sue is Liberty Lake's Vice President and a SIRT Team member who helps with traffic control.  She meets with Ray Baesler and Joe French once a week to discuss upcoming events and fundraising and she delivers the police paperwork downtown quite often.  Sue is very active with our school patrol program which helps keep Liberty Lake Elementary and Liberty Creek Elementary student’s safe.  All our members appreciate the help and time you donate to S.C.O.P.E. Thank you Sue.                                                                                                   

Sue, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E., and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

Medical Lake – Jeannie Payton

The 2018 Medical Lake S.C.O.P.E. Volunteer of the Year award goes to Jeannie Payton.  Jeannie has been in S.C.O.P.E. since 2012 and currently, our Vice-President and Secretary along with being known as our computer whizz.  She drives the S.C.O.P.E. car on Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) and Radar Patrol.  Jeannie comes up with many great ideas for our office and community events.  After working at S.C.O.P.E. and a full-time job, she still finds time to ride her new horse Widow Maker in many completive events.

Jeannie, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E., and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

Mounted Patrol – Elizabeth Casteel

The 2018 Mounted Patrol Volunteer of the Year is Elizabeth Casteel.  Elizabeth has been with the mounted unit for 4 years.  She has jumped in to help with almost everything we have done.  She is an amazing graphic artist and has made our group shine on paper and online.  Elizabeth has opened her home and her heart for our team.  She is always willing to try new things and coming up with ways for us to stand out in the community.  Elizabeth has had some trying times as well but she continually persevers and she uses her experiences to inspire others to always keep the faith.  Congratulations Elizabeth!

Elizabeth, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

North –Jeff Banke

S.C.O.P.E. North's 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Jeff Banke. Shortly after joining S.C.O.P.E. less than two years ago, Jeff made an immediate positive impact on the S.C.O.P.E. North Citizen on Patrol (C.O.P.) program.  Along with his time, Jeff has donated equipment and computers to C.O.P. and developed computerized tracking forms, all of which has helped create a more efficient C.O.P. process.  Over 4200 hours -  that is how many hours Jeff has volunteered these last twelve months in support of S.C.O.P.E. North and SIRT programs. Thank you, Jeff, for all your excellent contributions which have helped make S.C.O.P.E. so successful.

Jeff, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

SIRT – David Losey

The 2018 SIRT Volunteer of the Year is David Losey.  David has been a supporting member for over 8 1/2 years.  He has routinely demonstrated the highest standard of membership, actively participating in fulfilling the team's commitment to be available 24/7 to the Sheriff's Office traffic control needs and to local communities needing assistance for planned special events.  He not only signs up on our duty schedule for several days a month but routinely makes himself available should the need arise for additional assistance at scenes.  David is also our “lead field trainer” for new members.  In addition to all he does for our team, David is an active counselor to young members of his church.  David's effort in support of the SIRT team brings great credit not only upon himself, but also to the team and its overall success, to S.C.O.P.E. and to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.  He truly embodies all that one can expect of a sincere and dedicated volunteer.

David, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.

South – Bill Newman

S.C.O.P.E. South's 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Bill Newman.  Bill is S.C.O.P.E. South’s President and always presents himself professionally and respectfully.  He planned and implemented August's National Night Out at Prairie View Park.  He has established a rapport with community businesses and groups, receiving many items for our drawing and afterwards, delivers thank you letters in person.  Goal oriented all things, Bill works toward reaching those goals with a calm and reassuring demeanor. This was demonstrated and evident when he searched for, and secured, a substitute major supporter for National Night Out (NNO) a mere week before the event.  This led to the new supporter not only assisting for this one event but committing to a partner for the upcoming year; a reflection on Bill's ability to work calmly through any emergency and establish rapport.  Bill’s S.C.O.P.E. activities include being on call 24-hours per week for SIRT and volunteering for special events.  He helped plan and put together tools for our Operation Family I.D. (OFID) team which registered over 50 children at NNO.

Bill, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.


University – Mary Birecki

S.C.O.P.E. University’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Mary Birecki.  Mary is a volunteer who’s stepped up many times to help fill in when our Secretary was unable to attend meetings.  She never said no, always has a friendly smile, never complained and would always say "yes".  She has now served as the University S.C.O.P.E. Secretary for 3 years.  Mary works every week in the office, does Latent Prints including going on site to lift prints from a boat!  Mary has said "yes" to Operation Family I.D. (OFID), Citizens on Patrol (COP), joined in on the fun for our Halloween Party and National Night Out just to name a few of her many other volunteer opportunities.  Mary is a well-rounded Volunteer and we are all happy to call her our friend. Congratulations Mary!

Mary, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.         


West Valley – Harley Gordon

S.C.O.P.E. West Valley’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Harley Gordon.  Harley is involved in every aspect of West Valley S.C.O.P.E..  He is in charge of Citizens on Patrol (COP), the station patrol car and radar.  He does Latent Prints and is always ready to help anyone.  Harley is a good teacher and is always willing to teach others whatever he can.  We are proud to have Harley as our 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Harley, on behalf of your Station, S.C.O.P.E. and the Sheriff’s Office, thank you for everything you do.


S.C.O.P.E. Lifetime Achievement Award 

Marilyn Miller 

We are pleased to recognize Marilyn Miller with S.C.O.P.E.’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Marilyn has been an active member of S.C.O.P.E. North since 2005. She is a former S.C.O.P.E. North President and has been our amazing Office Manager for over ten years.

Marilyn’s many tasks include office staff scheduling, monitoring VIMS time submissions, and ensuring S.C.O.P.E. North responds in a timely manner to all correspondence. She has written a comprehensive Office Procedure Manual which ensures the office staff successfully completes their functions.

Members constantly rely on Marilyn’s knowledge of all things related to S.C.O.P.E..

Marilyn: You are the heart and soul of S.C.O.P.E. North.

Thank you for all you have done for us.

Tom Rulffes


We are pleased to recognize Tom Rulffes with S.C.O.P.E.’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom Rulffes retired from his career as a teacher at Spokane Community College in June of 1999. A week later, he was volunteering for S.C.O.P.E. Newman Lake. Tom became President and held that position for 6 years. He always found small things to accomplish such as building several wooden consoles for the S.C.O.P.E. car, holders for SIRT truck wands and installed a plastic shield on the radar reader board, all of which made life a bit easier for all members.  He is now a member of S.C.O.P.E. East and has been a member here for 3.5 years.  He has served as Vice President and does Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) every Monday.

Tom has never been sorry a single day that he joined the S.C.O.P.E. organization since he has made many new friends over the years and he is grateful that he’s been able to help the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and his community in so many ways as a member of the S.C.O.P.E. family.

Tom has also been involved in SIRT, CERT and Fire Corp. and he is very deserving of the S.C.O.P.E. Lifetime Achievement Award.


2018 Spirit of S.C.O.P.E. Award

The 2018 Spirit of S.C.O.P.E. Award is presented on behalf of the S.C.O.P.E. Staff and Board of Directors to recognize a volunteer who embodies the mission and values of the S.C.O.P.E. organization. This includes giving their time, energy and complete effort in support of S.C.O.P.E., the Sheriff’s Office and the community they serve.

This year’s award winner has been a member of S.C.O.P.E. for 3 years and has volunteered over 6,000 hours to the Sheriff’s Office and S.C.O.P.E. since starting in 2015!

This volunteer always has a positive attitude and is eager to help everyone.  It is always a great pleasure working with him. 

This volunteer is a member of our SIRT Team and has dedicated over 5,000 hours to SIRT.

He has set up a program with the S.C.O.P.E. stations and volunteers to help reduce speeding on our streets. 

Because of his countless hours of dedication with S.C.O.P.E. SIRT and as the Coordinator of the S.C.O.P.E. Radar Team;

It is a great honor to recognize Larry Gants as our 2018 Spirit of S.C.O.P.E. Award Volunteer.

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