Human beings have fail-safe mechanisms that can malfunction under stressful circumstances and eventually collapse when conditions are intense enough. Anyone can reach and exceed a saturation point when exposed to the highly emotional and sensory stimuli associated with death. No one is immune, including our deputies and dispatchers. This week, the unexpected death of our dispatcher supervisor Richard Wainscott cut our emotional Achilles heel.
Richard began his dispatching career with us in 2003, after we stole him from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. He came to us as a seasoned veteran, with an ever constant tranquil voice of reason and compassion on each telephone call he received, from some unknown person’s plea for help. He never failed them. Richard also served as a negotiator for our Crisis Negotiation Team, and if he was in the county, he could always be depended to come out at any time, day or night.
Richard was extremely humble, which is quite contrary for most in our line of work. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. There were many nights where he and I talked about the importance of his service. He always thought he was just doing his job, nothing more. I always saw a man who was holding the safety line for all of our deputies or as an airman working on a flight line in support of needed cargo for troops stationed overseas. Richard leaves behind three adult daughters and two grandchildren. Tentative services are scheduled for Dec 9th. We will post more details in the weeks ahead for those whom want to attend. Richard will be missed, but not forgotten.
With all of the gun violence making national media attention, it is good to see the U.S. Department of Justice adopting some of our illegal possession of firearm cases. So far, they have adopted two Lyon County cases that originated from our Tri-County Gang Unit. These cases will be tried in the federal court system. If convicted, they will be sentenced to a federal prison where generally 85-percent of their time is served as opposed to a much lesser state prison sentence.
Deputies Christopher Arrison and Scott Hansen graduated the 17-week Cat I academy this week. It is always noteworthy when one of our deputies receives special recognition – as Christopher received the Top Gun award for marksmanship. These deputies will begin patrol training, another 16-weeks, before being allowed to respond to calls on their own. As one can see, a lot of training and investment goes into a patrol deputy.
We currently have one open deputy position and anticipate two of our deputies leaving sometime in the upcoming months, due to being hired by another agency and a retirement. Yesterday, 15 of 17 applicants passed the physical fitness and written tests. These 15 are now moving into the background investigation phase of the application process.
And finally, have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration for the many blessings you received this year.
As always, keep the faith.