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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Deputy of the Year!!!



Guess what???? Joe was selected as the Deputy of the year in the city that he works in. Last night, the girls and I got to join him as they gave him this award. We are so proud because even though we always knew he was the best deputy ever, it is awesome that his city feels the same way. Of course for me, it was finally a chance to get some long needed updated photos of the girls with daddy in uniform. The last photos I have are from when Ella was so small that you can hardly see her cradled in his arm in the picture. We live 70 miles away from where he works so it isn’t exactly easy to just “drop by” for a picture while he is working.
Most of you probably don’t know a whole lot about Joe. He was born in Jordan, MT where he lived until joining the Marine Corp in 1991. We met at the Cowboy Boogie (a country western dance place) in 1993 and were married in 1994.




Six months after we got married, he was sent to Japan for a year. Thankfully I hadn’t gotten too used to living with him so it made it a little easier for him to leave. But boy, did we have some seriously big phone bills!!! He was suppose to get out of the Marine Corp in January 1997 so had to start thinking about what he would do when he got out. He had known for some time that he wanted to be a police officer so started the grueling task of testing with every department within driving distance. He isn’t a college degree type of guy but thankfully the military experience worked in his favor. He was picked up by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department just in time to get out of the military. After working 8 years in the jail, he finally got to go out to patrol where he has been for the past 5 years. He is absolutely amazing at this job!!! It was meant for him. He can be tough when dealing with the idiots that he deals with but also gentle and caring when the job calls for that too. He has become a great training officer and is well respected. He works crazy and long hours and then has an incredibly long drive but he loves his job so I guess it is all worth it!!

WE ARE SOOOO PROUD OF YOU HONEY!!!!















18 comments:

Anderson Family said...

Congratulations Joe! What a wonderful award for a great police officer! I love all the pictures with him in uniform - and of your wedding! So glad you got to celebrate the special event with him! And tell Abbey congratulations on the basketball as well!

Cathy said...

What a great honor! Congratulations!!!!!! Great pictures too.

And to answer your question...oh yes...lots of new Jumping Beans spring/summer stuff including several pairs of the cute little plaid capris and shorts. I must admit...I once again went a little crazy!!!

Lacey said...

Congrats Joe! That is so great. Ray is dying to do another ride along, this time all night long!

Lori said...

Congratulations! What a great honor -- I imagine that you must be so proud!
And what great pics!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

What a great honor and award!!! Congratulations! I am sure you and the girls are SO PROUD of Joe! The pictures are wonderful and I don't think any of you could be smiling any bigger in the pictures - I hope you can frame one of these for your house... BEAUTIFUL PICS!!!

Lacey said...

Denise this is Ray.
Tell Hoss nice job and to think I got to do a ride along with the Deputy of the year. I knew I was lucky to be in the car with him. I have seen Hoss in action with dealing with an older lady with a fraud case he was so nice to this little grandma. Then the fun one the male prostitute,like one of the other officers said you know you come a long way when you look down some dudes bra. All joking aside Joe I say nice job and it was an honor that night and the day at Disnyland to be around you. Again nice job and be safe. We love you and Denise and the girls.

ABandCsMom said...

Awesome!!! Congratulations on a job well done.

Kacey Bode said...

Great job Joe!!! I love when we get to go to award ceremonies for Chris, the kids love to see him in uniform and I love the pics : )

70 miles from his work, holy smokes!!!! So, you guys driving this way yet?????

Heather said...

Congratulations to Joe!What an incredible honor.Love the family pictures and LOVE your wedding photo!

Ruby's Mom said...

Congratulations to Joe!!

Kristin said...

Awesome. How cool is that? Hope it comes with a big fat pay raise - he he.

Tina said...

Congratulations to Joe, it must be such a honour. I am sure all of you are so so proud of him. Love the wedding photo and the family photo, the girls look so proud of their daddy.

Emily said...

What a honor! Congratulations! So many sweet pictures too!

Mama Mason-Mann said...

Congratulations!!! That's awesome! I can only imagine how proud you all must be! :)

Heidi said...

Congratulations to Joe!! I love all of the pictures!

Anonymous said...

I know what an award means for Joe and your family because I am married with a police officer. I know how proud you guys should be of Joe. It a great feeling having a hero in the family. Congratulations!

Bethany said...

That is awesome! What a great, great honor!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Congratulations! :)