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Marine Board Recognizes Klamath County Volunteers
For Immediate Release- 9/29/2011
Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger
            
The Oregon State Marine Board recognized the efforts of two very special volunteers: George Warner and William Richards of the Klamath County Marine Patrol office at their annual post-season Law Enforcement Conference held on Monday, September 26 in Eugene.  Sheriff Tim Evinger accepted the Volunteer Awards on behalf of Mr. Warner and Mr. Richards who were unable to attend the banquet.          
           
 Warner has been a volunteer with the Marine Patrol Unit for several years and has been an integral part of the county’s Small Boat Rescue Team.  Warner, a published author by trade, has also offered his professional skill set in an article written to the local paper to educate the public about Sheriff’s Office operations and funding issues.  The article was published and helped change public perception about their program.  In another situation, a person came to the Sheriff’s Office demanding to speak to a deputy, upset about the funding for the marine program.  Warner was able to effectively communicate the facts that the marine patrols are largely funded by the Oregon State Marine Board through motorboat registration fees, and the person’s anger quickly turned to understanding.  Warner has an exceptional ability to communicate with the public using honor, expertise, and a great sense of humor.  “Warner’s knowledge of boating rules and regulations are second to none,” according to the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office. “Over the years, Warner has given the Marine Board, the Sheriff’s Office, and the boating public hundreds, if not thousands of hours of volunteer service.”    
           
Klamath County is also blessed with another exceptional volunteer, William Richards.  The Marine Patrol Unit is top notch with the skills and volume of time Richards has offered.  During the 2011 boating season, Richards contributed 793 hours and helped the marine unit with boat inspections, boater education classes, attended safety fairs, and provided countless hours of administrative support. 
 
“The boaters in Klamath County are fortunate to have such high-caliber volunteers assisting with the marine patrol to help keep their waterways fun and safe, said Marty Law, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board. 
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