SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE FIELD TRAINING PROGRAM
Sheriff Drew presenting Deputy Andrew Vogt with his FTO Certificate of Completion and a handshake for a job well done.
Sheriff Drew presenting Deputy Zane Chwirka with his FTO Certificate of Completion and a handshake for a job well done.
Sheriff Drew presenting Deputy Gerad Lukken with his FTO Certificate of Completion and a handshake for a job well done.
Deputy's Vogt, Chwirka, and Lukken with Patrol Sgt. Don Armstrong (Proud Papa)
NO SHAVE NOVEMBER FINALLY
No Shave November ended at the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office on Monday, December 2nd with bragging rights going to five staff members. Best non-gray and gray beards went to C.O. Kyle Cleveringa and Sgt. Pat Hinrichsen. Worst beards went to C.O. Chuck Collison and C.O. Brian Hagler. The Santa Claus beard (with the most gray) went to Deputy Gene Hacker. Over $1500.00 dollars was collected and will be donated to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. Sheriff Dave Drew would like to thank everyone with the sheriff's office that got involved and had fun with fund raiser. As you can tell by looking at some of the photos below, Woodbury County has a fabulous policy in place for not allowing beards.
C.O. Kyle Cleveringa Sgt. Pat Hinrichsen
C.O. Brian Hagler C.O. Chuck Collison
Deputy Gene Hacker
TWO NEW WOODBURY COUNTY CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS GET STARTED
C.O. Brennan Gill (left) and C.O. Melinda Ruden (right) are the newest additions to the correctional staff at the Woodbury County Jail. Brennan started November 18th and Melinda on November 14th. The sheriff's office staff is excited to have them as a part of our office family and wish them the best of luck with their careers.
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES THANKSGIVING DINNER A SUCCESS
Saturday, November 23rd, Goodwill Industries, 3100 West 4th Street, held its annual Thanksgiving dinner for anyone needing a hot, holiday meal. Members of CWA Local 7177 Deputies and Detention Officers Union, sheriff's office administration and their family members helped serve the dinner and bus tables. Hundreds attended and enjoyed the good food and great atmosphere. Sheriff Drew would like to thank members of his office and all others involved in helping make this event a complete success.
RESERVE SERGEANT TOM JORGENSEN RETIRES
Reserve Sergeant Tom Jorgensen is presented with a plaque in recognition of 9 1/2 years of the ultimate service. That is service in volunteerism. Tom gave 9 1/2 years volunteering to help keep citizens of Woodbury County safe while assisting in freeing up deputies to do other important functions and watching their backs when needed. Tom retired in order to take on a new employment challenge in his life and the Sheriff's Office wishes him the best of luck in his endeavor. Thanks again Tom for everything you've given to Woodbury County.
CAMP HIGH HOPES 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
On Saturday evening, October 19th, Camp High Hopes, a non-profit organization that provides safe, fun and adapative recreational experiences for youth and adults with disabilities, held their second annual Haunted Lodge Party in the hopes to raise $70,000.
The event was sold out at 350 tickets and was a phenominal success. Sheriff Dave Drew and his wife Jana (pictured below left) and Major Greg Stallman and his wife Lisa (pictured to the right) attended the fundraiser and proudly represented the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office.
Dave and Jana were featured celebrity costume runway participants at the event, along with other specially invited guests. Dave and Jana would like to thank Camp High Hopes and their Board for asking them to participate in the celebrity costume runway show in this years event.
Also helping make this a event a success, were the following local restaurants that catered heavy appetizers. Eldon’s, Kahill’s, Minerva’s, CJ’s Garden, Clyde’s, La Jaunita, Mr. P’s, and Hawg Be Gone BBQ.
SOME OF OUR DEPUTIES ARE SUPER HEROES
Recently, during a call for service, Lt. Tony "Batman" Wingert, helped ease the situation with two young gentlemen while other deputies handled the call. Lt. Wingert noticed the young fellas appeared scared and anxious that deputies were at their home. To help ease the situation, Lt. Wingert occupied the boys until the matter was resolved and deputies left.
WOODBURY COUNTY TORNADO DAMAGE FROM 10/04/2013
Early Friday evening, October 4th, many Woodbury County residents had their lives changed forever. What now appears to be two large tornadoes, touched down. One tornado touched down east of Salix, Iowa and moved almost straight north and finally lifted just east of Bronson, Iowa. The second appears to have touched down east of Climbing Hill, Iowa and stayed on the ground well into Cherokee County. It left Woodbury County just east of Pierson, Iowa.
The tornadoes left behind a path of destruction measuring into the millions of dollars. Fortunately, not a single injury was reported. We have attached a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOAAX5znlcc to view just some of the damage victims of this storm are dealing with.
As always, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office is proud to serve the residents of Woodbury County. Thank you for the way you responded to this tragedy and God Bless all of those involved.
SGT. JIM BAUERLY JUDGES AT THE 2013 USPCA NATIONAL FIELD TRIALS IN CHARLES COUNTY, MD.
While judging the 2013 National Field Trials, Sgt. Bauerly had the opportunity to visit the National Law Enforcement Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington D.C. The memorial sits on 3 acres and has a reflecting pool. The memorial honors 19,660 law enforcement officers that have given the ultimate sacrafice.
After legislation was enacted in 1984, the wall was completed and dedicated on October 15, 1991. Sadly, it is predicted the existing walls will be filled by 2050. The memorial was designed by artist Davis Buckley.
The two photos above are the names of two Woodbury County Sheriff's Office personnel that were killed in a plane crash in June of 1993 while transporting inmate Armando Cardenas back from Fort Madison State Penitentiary for a retrial on a murder and sexual assault conviction.
Captain Phil Heimbecker was piloting the plane and Corporal Jon Hermann was along for inmate security. The plane crashed shortly after take off. Inmate Armando Cardenas was the only survivor.
Woodbury County has two other deputies on the wall. Deputy Lewis Jones (1921) and Deputy Jimmie Biggs (1959).
The memorial sits on federal land, but is maintained by private donations.
"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1
PATROL STATS FOR 2013
As a continued effort to make the Sheriff's Office more transparent to the residents of Woodbury County, Sheriff Drew has initiated the following flow of information. The statistics below have been calculated since Sheriff Drew took office in January of 2013. These statistics will be posted monthly from this point forward. Note: The statistics below were accomplished with an average of 2.35 deputies working per shift.
Self Initiated Contacts: 526
Calls for Service (Incidents): 1942
Community Policing Events: 82
Assist other Agencies: 438
Narcotics Contacts: 77
Alcohol Contacts: 60
Warning Citations: 1847
Civil Papers Served: 8927
Arrest Warrants Served: 137
Traffic Crashes: 179
These numbers indicate the hardwork and perseverance of a limited number of deputies that routinely risk their lives to make your community a safe place to live and raise your family. We want to thank the members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office for their dedication.