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1/3/2013 Deputy Dryer is sheriff’s employee of the year; others also honored
Custer County sheriff Fred Jobe recently named deputy Carl Dryer the sheriff employee of the year and Charles Cox the posse volunteer of the year. Both received plaques recognizing the honor.

Additionally, Dryer and Cox, along with deputies Mike Halpin and Tony Supan, were awarded Medal of Valor certificates for their heroism during the Wetmore Fire. Sheriff Jobe said the four were among the first to respond and did not hesitate to drive through flames to rescue stranded folks. The four also stayed on scene throughout the emergency offering assistance as needed. “I’m very proud of them and their dedication to the community,” said Jobe.

Originally from La Junta, Dryer and his wife and three kids moved to the Valley three years ago. Dryer said “doing for others” is his motto.

Jobe said it was seeing Dryer’s motto in action that led him to naming Dryer employee of the year.

“Each year I try to pick somebody who goes beyond the call of duty,” said Jobe. “Carl is always willing to bring new ideas to the table, and when those ideas are approved, he takes the lead.”

Jobe cited the annual National Night Out event held in Custer County the last two years. National Night Out is a nationwide event held in August that is designed to promote neighborhood spirit, and law enforcement and other emergency services partnerships. “Carl secured the dollars needed to put on the free barbeque dinner and he organized it,” said Jobe. Funding for the event has come primarily from the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation.

According to Jobe, Dryer was also the one who instituted the annual high school senior cook-out held in May. “The other deputies and sheriff office personnel helped,” said Jobe, “but he took the lead.”

In addition to the two events designed to foster community spirit, said Jobe, Dryer is a good law enforcement officer. “He has been exemplary in handling criminal cases, and he has had more traffic contacts than any other in the department over the last year,” said Jobe.

Cox and his wife Betty moved to the Valley some three years ago.

A highly trained Army Ranger, Cox has one of the greatest volunteer posse hours than any other on the team, said Jobe.

Additionally, said Jobe, Cox volunteers to ride with deputies to assist with back-up, and he assists with deputy firearms training. Cox has also been instrumental in getting a dive team started in the Valley, said Jobe, and he volunteers to keep the emergency command center vehicle in good, working order. “Charles keeps the battery charged and the van is always ready to run,” said Jobe. Cox is also an active local member of the search and rescue team.

“When it comes to volunteering to help others, Charles is at the top of the list,” concluded Jobe. “He is always willing to respond to any and every emergency.” – Nora Drenner