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Two Receive $1,000 Arson Awards for Help Leading to Arson Arrests
Mr. Darrin Sanger
NW Insurance Council
Communications Director
Office: (206) 624-3330

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Dallas Photo (left to right: Ann Lewis - IAAI Oregon Chapter; Darrin Sanger - NWIC Communications Director, and Eric Totten)
Stayton Photo (left to right: Rich Sebens-Acting Chief for Stayton Police Department; Dave Jones, Supervising DSFM; Cleathel Knox; Darrin Sanger, Ann Lewis, Detective Bob Thomas - Stayton Police Department; and, Stayton Fire Chief Jacl Carriger)
A Dallas-area man and a Stayton-area woman both received $1,000 awards from the NW Insurance Council and the International Association of Arson Investigators/Oregon Chapter (IAAI/OR) at separate presentations Friday, May 8th, during Arson Awareness Week, May 3 - 9.
ERIC TOTTEN, an employee for the Dallas Parks Department, received his award during a public presentation at the Polk County Courthouse for his efforts in identifying an arsonist responsible for setting 22 fires around the city that damaged a Lyle Elementary School, two local businesses, a church and various structures and property. The fires caused an estimated $77,000 in damage. The arsonist pled guilty to four counts of arson.
CLEATHEL KNOX was recognized during a public presentation at the Stayton Fire Department for helping local authorities solve 13 arson fires that damaged vehicles and residential property in 2008. KNOX, age 80, was a victim of two of the fires at her home that caused an estimated $1,000 in damage. The arsonist was arrested for one count of Arson in the First Degree.
The week of May 3rd to the 9th was proclaimed "Arson Awareness Week" to focus public attention on the alarming statistics about arson and hope to expand the resources and support necessary to reduce this crime.
Background information about the Arson Award fund is available at: