For the past 10 years, the Gila County Sheriff’s Roosevelt Lake Patrol has hosted a fish fry to celebrate the end of summer and thank the various agencies that work through the the busy summer months.
This year’s annual event marked Sheriff John Armer’s last year in office, so several agencies and sheriff’s office employees converged on the Roosevelt Substation to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of food and fellowship.
Sheriff Armer thanked each agency for their assistance during his tenure. In turn, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas in Arizona, that often train at Roosevelt Lake, honored both Sheriff Armer and Lake Patrol Sgt. Brian Havey.
Spokesman Virgil Campbell told Armer most other Flotillas in a three-state area were envious of the relationship between their Flotilla and the sheriff’s office.
In addition, Officer Campbell presented Sheriff Armer with a “Challenge Coin” from Commanding Officer of Sector San Diego, Captain Shawn Mahoney, explaining that receiving the coin is considered a great honor. Captain Mahoney felt that Sheriff Armer deserved the distinction due to his fostering a close and warm working relationship with the USCGA Flotillas.
Other agencies recognized during the event included the Tonto Basin Ranger District of Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Fire Department and Southern Gila County Search and Rescue. Those unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts included: DPS, DPS Air Rescue, Native Air & Lifeline Air Ambulances, AZ Game and Fish and Tonto National Monument.