Photographed from left to right is Deputy Haun, Deputy Coughlin, Erdean Johnson, Larry Kersich, Kurt Duncan, Doug Rich, and Sergeant Cox. Photo courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff’s Office
KINGMAN — On Tuesday, March 26, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office held its annual Volunteer Posse and Boating Safety Officer (BSO) Award Banquet. At this event, they honored the individuals that make the volunteer force. This year, they celebrated a few individuals for their dedication to the Volunteer Posse and Boating Safety Division.
Erdean Johnson was presented with the Posse Member of the Year award for his dedication to both volunteer programs. Johnson had a total of 644 Posse hours and 314 BSO hours this year, while also volunteering for other agencies in his community. Johnson recently took over as volunteer fleet manager and made tremendous strides in this area.
Larry Kersich was presented with Boating Safety Officer of the Year award for devoting many hours to patrolling the waterways. Although Kersich lives in Kingman, he frequently travels to Lake Havasu City to work special events and assigned shifts.
Kurt Duncan received the Posse Field Training Officer (FTO) of the Year award. Duncan also dedicates his time working as a dispatcher in the communications center.
Doug Rich was given the Sheriff’s Leadership Award for taking a leadership role for both programs. Rich stepped up and has made a huge impact in the efficiency of the volunteers.
Barbara Hunter and Ed Gillespie (not photographed) received special recognition for the time and service to the programs. Hunter recently took on the task of scheduling all of the special events, as well as working regularly scheduled patrols for both programs. Gillespie now has over 21 years of service as a BSO and handles the day-to-day administration functions and scheduling for the division.
Source Mohave County Sheriff’s Office