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March, 2014
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 Quick Action Saves a Life

Sheriff’s recognition ceremonies held

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza recently conducted recognition ceremonies to honor Sheriff’s Office employees and members of the community who go “above and beyond” in making Thurston County a safe place to work, live and raise a family. Several people were praised for their dedication.

Life Saving Award- Given to office members who take specific action resulting in the saving of a human life.

Deputy Mickey Hamilton


On August 13, 2013 the Sheriff's Office was notified that a 31-year-old woman may have given birth at her home without required medical care in an attempt to keep Child Protective Services (CPS) from taking her baby into protective custody. CPS had received a tip that the birth was imminent and the woman had not gone to the hospital. CPS was involved because the woman had apparently tested positive for methamphetamine while pregnant.

Deputy Mickey Hamilton contacted the woman at her residence. She claimed that she had not yet had her baby. When Deputy Hamilton asked to be allowed entry to verify that the baby had not been born, she refused.

Based on his investigation, a search warrant was granted and Deputy Hamilton discovered a newborn baby girl and evidence that the woman had given birth to her baby there. The birth was apparently attended by a friend who is a certified nursing assistant with no formal training in neo-natal or pediatric nursing.

The baby was transported to St. Peter Hospital for urgent medical care. The baby has since been placed into protective custody with CPS. Doctors have said it is unlikely the infant would have survived had Deputy Hamilton not intervened, allowing the baby to get medical care.

Because of his tenacity and thorough investigation, a life was saved. Therefore, Deputy Mickey Hamilton is awarded the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Award.

Certificate of Appreciation- Awarded to individuals who have shown years of dedicated service to the citizens of Thurston County and support to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Volunteer Captain Greg Young and the Community Service Unit Volunteers


Since its creation in August of 2012, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Unit has provided vital and meritorious services to the community. Some of the great work these volunteers have done include-
  • Obtaining donations for the North Thurston School District and “Operation Backpack”
  • Representing the Sheriff’s Office at community events including the Child Identification Project and the Thurston County Fair.
  • Conducting neighborhood security patrols and vacation watches for homeowners,
  • Patrolling area schools.


Since they were formed in 2012, the Community Service Unit has collectively donated four thousand hours of service to the Thurston County community. Sheriff Snaza says they exemplify the vision of the Sheriff’s Office- “Committed to excellence through pride, professionalism, and accountability in order to provide dedicated public service to our community.”

Detective Marlin Bryant


In recognition of 13 years of dedicated commitment and service to the Sheriff’s Office Riot Team.

Detective Marlin Bryant joined the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Riot Team in 2000. He has been a valuable member, attending yearly training and multiple deployments since. His actions during these deployments and his overall presence on the team shed a positive light on the Thurston County Sheriff's Office. Detective Bryant received recognition for 13 years of dedicated service as a valued member of this team.

Lenneth (Lennie) Lucasan and the Employees of Walgreens


The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank all of the staff of the Tumwater Walgreens for support of the members of law enforcement on July 14, 2013.

On that date, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), along with the Hostage Negotiations Team and command staff, had to request the closure of the store because of a hostage crisis taking place nearby. Instead of being upset about this closure, which assuredly cost the business a significant amount of revenue, the employees and management fully cooperated and went the extra mile in assisting the members of these teams.

The Walgreen’s staff gave the teams full access to the store and its needed resources. They were very kind and made sure the team members had plenty of water. This was extremely important in light of the high temperatures that day. The Sheriff’s Office commends all of the Walgreen’s staff for going the extra mile that day!!

Years of Service Presentations-

“Years of service are awarded in five-year increments for Sheriff’s Office employees. Those who have been with the Sheriff’s Office for 20 years or more receive a framed certificate.”

Captain Jim Downing – 25 Years


Jim Downing was hired as a corrections officer on July 13, 1988. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1995, to Sergeant in 1999, to Lieutenant in 2002, and then to his current rank of Captain on July 1, 2007.

During his career here, Jim has been a field training officer (FTO) and FTO supervisor, defensive tactics instructor, corrections trainer, inmate services supervisor, shift supervisor and Administrative Lieutenant. Because of his background in training, he was selected and served as a member of the Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Corrections Training Standards and Education Advisory Board, and has been a TCSO Corrections Bureau recruiter at job fairs.

As Operations Captain for the Corrections Bureau, Jim runs the day-to-day security operations of the facility. This includes oversight over three lieutenants and their assigned operational shifts, the day shift administrative lieutenant, court transport/security operations, medical transport/security operations and many other facets of the corrections facilities. He is well respected as a leader, and Sheriff Snaza thanked Captain Downing for 25 years of dedicated service.

Ceremonial Swearing In-

Field Operations Deputies:

Devin Bagby, Deputy Sheriff
Sean Chatterton, Deputy Sheriff

Corrections Deputies:

Patrick Pounds, Corrections Deputy
Jacob Thomas, Corrections Deputy
Shane Walker, Corrections Deputy

By John Tennis

Sheriff John Snaza and Mickey Hamilton. Sheriff John Snaza and Mickey Hamilton.