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Marine Board Honors Jefferson County Marine Patrol Captain
For Immediate Release 9/29/2011
Marine Board Chair, George Tinker (Coos Bay), Jefferson County Marine Patrol Captain, Marc Heckathorn, and Marine Board Director, Scott Brewen.The Oregon State Marine Board recognized the efforts of Captain Marc Heckathorn of the Jefferson County Marine Patrol with an “Outstanding Achievement Award” at their annual post-season Law Enforcement Conference, held on Monday, September 26 in Eugene. 
Captain Heckathorn has worked in the marine program for over a decade and his experience and knowledge are invaluable to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office as a whole.  Heckathorn does it all; from repairing engines, changing oil, and fixing electrical problems, he also manages the marine program and handles the paperwork, budgeting, and reporting on top of spending patrol hours on the water.  Heckathorn has proven to be committed to running a top-rate Marine Program, evident by the amount of effort and work he puts into his job. 
Captain Heckathorn also “thinks outside the box,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.  Heckathorn has forged relationships with other organizations including BLM, PGE, and the Warm Springs Tribe to mutually fund positions in the county that patrol in and around the water.  Heckathorn has an ability to bring people together to benefit the boaters in the county and support the marine program directly. 
Additionally, Heckathorn helps people directly by offering and coordinating all of the logistics for boating safety courses and has tailored classes to the individual needs of local boaters.
Most importantly, Heckathorn is held in high regard by his peers.  In a nomination letter to the Marine Board, the Marine Patrol personnel wrote, “Captain Heckathorn is an outstanding supervisor, and an outstanding law enforcement officer.  He exemplifies what it means to be a leader of a Marine Program and he represents the Oregon State Marine Board to the best of his ability- every day.” 
“It’s truly our honor to give Captain Marc Heckathorn this “Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Marty Law, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board.  “Thank you for your dedication and hard work building partnerships and unity in your community.”