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Central Oregon emergency managers received the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association's Distinguished Service Awards Dec. 6.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Emergency managers from the tri-county area were honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association Dec. 6. The emergency managers and their respective sheriffs are, from left, Crook County Sheriff John Gautney, Crook County Emergency Manager Michael Ryan, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, Jefferson County Emergency Manager Mark Carman, Deschutes County Emergency Manager Nathan Garibay, and Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson.Emergency services managers from Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook County were each presented with the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association's Distinguished Service Award at the association's annual conference Dec. 6, in Bend.

The emergency managers, including Mark Carman, of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, were part of the Tri-County Multi-Agency Coordination Center, which managed the response to major incidents within the tri-county area in the days leading up to massive influx of people during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

"Mark joined the Sheriff's Office at just the right time, when we needed his personality and his expertise," said Sheriff Jim Adkins. "Firemen have a different way of thinking than police do, and putting that together with his extensive experience in training, preparing for and running emergency incidents, prepared not only my office, but the entire community to handle the solar eclipse and I know if we had a major incident of another kind, we would come through it just fine."

"His willingness to give of himself to teach classes, meet with the public at all hours of the day and evening, makes him a very special and a huge asset to my office and to Jefferson County as a whole," said Adkins.

Carman's personality, professionalism and character gave him the ability to build on the relationships he already had established in the state and especially in the tri-county area, according to Adkins.

"The three emergency managers formed a friendship and working relationship that really assisted all three counties in the preparation and running of the solar eclipse operation," he said. "Their planning and relationships has established a better communications path for our tri-county area and we all will be better off."

Sgt. Nathan Garibay, of Deschutes County, and Crook County Emergency Manager Michael Ryan were also recognized for their contributions.

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