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Letter: YCSO sheriff lauds Gladiator volunteers

EDITOR:

On June 8, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher met with a roomful of Gladiator Fire volunteers at the Board of Supervisors meeting facility in Prescott. The Sheriff wanted to personally thank those in attendance for their critical assistance to YCSO during the Gladiator Fire. Yavapai County Supervisor Board Chairman Tom Thurman and Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall also spoke to the group and expressed appreciation for the work.

Volunteers attending represented various groups who were involved in supporting the duties and responsibilities of YCSO during the fire. Groups included the Yavapai County Jeep Posse, Volunteer's In Protection, Mobile Command Post Unit, Verde Search and Rescue, Chino Valley Mounted Sheriff's Posse, and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Response Team (YCSRT). Specialized units within YCSRT were acknowledged and include the Southern Unit, Quad Unit, Backcountry Unit, Search Dog Unit and 4x4 Unit. Lt. Jeff Newnum, YCSO Incident Commander, noted that 128 volunteers logged time throughout the incident amassing well over 6,000 hours, which translated into labor cost savings in excess of $163,000.

Each of the groups represented received a commendation letter from the Sheriff, which included the following statement: "On May 13, 2012, a human caused fire, which originated from a structure fire on private property, erupted in Crown King, Ariz., a small rural but historical community. Labeled the "Gladiator Fire" by the Forest Service, the incident resulted in the destruction of six structures and over 16,000 charred acres after moving into the Prescott National Forest.

The terrain was steep, rugged and brushy with very difficult access. Sheriff's Office personnel and volunteer assistance lasted through May 31, 2012. The Sheriff's Office contacted the various volunteer organizations due to their expertise in this type of environment and the expectation for evacuations. The members immediately responded and assisted with various field actions as needed in a thorough and professional manner.

This type of representation of the Sheriff's Office was recognized and strongly acknowledged throughout the entire incident. It is with great pleasure that the Sheriff's Office offers these volunteer organizations this Certificate of Appreciation for not only the most recent incident they have assisted the Sheriff's Office, but also for the group's continued support throughout the years. The professionalism and efforts by these groups are deserving of the respect and acknowledgement of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office."

Yavapai County

Sheriff's Office