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“How do we thank them; we want to do something.”

It started as a desire on the part of two women to somehow thank the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. A thank you for all they do every day for residents of Douglas County, but especially for the difficult days and nights they have had the past few weeks working on the recent double tragedies. It ended as a barbeque luncheon on February 1, 2019.

The two women, Jackie Paris, Owner, BELLATOR FIREARMS TRAINING and Debbie Posnien, Executive Director, SUICIDE PREVENTION NETWORK, came together with a joint need to show appreciation and in the space of a 15-minute conversation, an idea was formed, solidified and became reality. Calls to other community members resulted in donations of food and volunteers for a barbeque lunch to express gratitude and appreciation to the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office.

Bently Meats, Costco, Home Depot, Raleys and Wal-Mart were invaluable contributors of dozens of pounds of meats and other supplies for the lunch; locals Bell Family, Patty Hopkins, Paris Family, Pinther Family, Posnien Family, Rossan Family, Sanchez Family and Thaler Family threw their time and resources behind the event, as did volunteers Dave Brady, Donna Chizek, Deb Courtney, Ewa Czarnecka, Andrea Highfill, Terry Taylor, Daria Winslow and Woody Worthington. Aspire High School students joined in to help serve the grateful attendees. Dean and Jackie Paris did a fantastic job of barbequing and Melissa Blosser’s photography talents were put to use documenting the event.

Thank you posters and notes around the facility expressed the community’s gratitude and were much appreciated by the 150 employees served at the luncheon, prompting Sheriff Dan Coverley to comment “We can’t thank the community enough for their support working through this tragic event; Douglas County truly is a special place.”

It was a great day, uplifting and heartening and very much the best of Carson Valley.

A second barbeque was held the evening of February 6, 2019 to accommodate the second shift employees – “leave no one out!” The twenty people served expressed their gratitude.

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