17-Jul-2017, Written by SO Media Unit
“Deputy Gibson is a positive influence with his strong work ethic. He is dedicated to his job and is constantly looking for a better way to do things. His personality, combined with his strong work ethic is a positive influence and directly impacts the morale at Matheson. Deputy Gibson is fairly new to Protective Services, but you would never know it. He has taken on a role as an active shooter trainer and has been a welcome addition to that team where he provides a valuable skill-set and perspective. Deputy Gibson has also taken on the role of background investigator. He contributes in all areas of the Bureau and is the ultimate team player. For his “steady as she goes” work ethic, and reliability - Deputy Gibson is worthy of employee of the month.”
In addition to Sgt. England’s commendations, Steve’s out of the box thinking as well as his willingness to bring solutions and ideas to the table when he identifies a policy or uniform issue that is outdated, are to be commended. Deputy Gibson is proactive in his work ethic and committed to making the Bureau better through research and problem solving. Steve is an asset to the team at Matheson as well as the entire Protective Service Bureau and is therefore the June Judicial Protection Division Employee of the Month.
“Deputy Lavulo chose to post at the pit, where citizens drop all of their trash. While there, Lavulo observed a gentleman and his son struggling to get a trailer unloaded. Verifying that he was within our job boundaries, he asked if we could help him, I told him we absolutely could. Lavulo chose to have us approach them and offer help. The citizens, a father and son, were having a hard time holding the trailer up and getting it unloaded, due to all of the weight being at the top. Lavulo held the trailer up, while the father and I stood on the back end of the trailer to help hold it in position while the son was able to empty the trailer. After we assisted the father and son, we were notified of some citizens that locked themselves out of their vehicle. We advised them that we did not have a lock out kit. The citizens were driving an extended cab pickup truck, and were able to get the rear windows, in the third door, to pop open. Lavulo then went over to the metal bin, found a stiff, but pliable piece of metal, and after obtaining verbal permission from the citizens, bent the metal and was able to snake it in through the rear window and press the unlock button. Lavulo successfully unlocked the truck while causing no damage, and saving the citizens the cost of a lock smith. After the landfill had closed, but citizens were still on site unloading, we received a call on the landfill radio advising of a citizen that “didn’t look real good”. Lavulo drove to the pit, where the citizen was and checked on them. When we arrived, the citizen was sitting on their truck resting. We spoke with the citizen, and we were advised that he and his wife were on their fourth trip and just worn out. Since the landfill was closed, and nobody else would be coming to the pit, Lavulo allowed the citizen to back his trailer into the pit a little ways so it would be easier to unload. Lavulo said he would handle it and asked me to post in the car with the landfill phone and radio while he was helping them unload. A few minutes later, Lavulo signaled to me that both citizens needed some water and asked me to go get them some. I went to my car and grabbed a couple of bottles, and returned to the pit with Lavulo and the citizens with the water.”
In only a short amount of time, Deputy Lavulo found several ways to help the citizens of the County and went above and beyond his assignment. Deputy Lavulo is to be commended for his efforts in living up to the name of our bureau and representing the Sheriff’s Office in a good light.