Two reserves sworn in

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Edgar Pineda and Jason Blackman are sworn in as Madras Police Department reserve officers by City Administrator Gus Burril on May 17.The Madras Police Department is rebuilding the ranks of its reserve force.

On Friday, City Administrator Gus Burril swore in two new reserve officers, Edgar Pineda, 38, and Jason Blackman, 40, bringing the number of reserve officers to eight.

Pineda, who has lived in Madras for the past 36 years, works at the BestCare Prevention office, has been a reserve officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

"I want to have the opportunity to work with the police department," he said. "I'm looking to learn from them."

He and his wife, Tara, have two daughters, Arysta, 12, and Ayden, 7.

Blackman, who has lived in Madras off and on for about seven years, has worked at Crestview Cable Communications since December, and worked at Bend Broadband prior to that.

Because he has longtime friends who are police officers — a career he has always been interested in — he estimates that he has gone on 200-300 ridealongs.

"The timing was never quite right to apply to become a police officer or reserve officer," said Blackman, who considers the volunteer work a way to give back.

"I'm just glad to have an opportunity to give a little bit back," he said.

He and his wife, Sheryl, have two dogs.

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