“Above and Beyond”: Local Deputy Lauded for Her Kindness in Letter to the Editor
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As the supervisor of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Garberville Station, it is bittersweet for me to report that Deputy Hilary Havens will no longer be patrolling the communities of Southern Humboldt. Deputy Havens was recently promoted to the rank of Detective and will be fulfilling one of her goals within the Sheriff’s Office. I felt it necessary to report and recognize the outstanding police work that Deputy Havens has provided in Southern Humboldt communities for the last three years.
For those of you who got the chance to meet Deputy Havens, I am sure that you quickly recognized that she is a true professional with a heart of gold. Deputy Havens routinely went above and beyond the call of duty which showed me that she genuinely cares for people; her passion for the job is obvious.
Last year Deputy Havens responded to a call where a welfare check on an elderly lady was requested. As a result of this call, a close friendship blossomed between the two. You see – the elderly lady thought Deputy Havens was in her home to do her dishes. Deputy Havens saw that the dishes needed to be done, so what did she do, you guessed it, washed the dishes for her. Over the next several months Deputy Havens brought the elderly lady homemade dinners and was sure to visit with her on a regular basis. This person was in need of a friend and someone to talk to and Deputy Havens graciously filled this void. Sadly, the elderly lady passed away last December.
This was just one example of excellent community service. Deputy Havens has always sought to volunteer her own time in the interest of kindness. Deputy Havens participates in the annual “Shop with a Cop” event which gives to families in need. Last Christmas, Deputy Havens identified two Southern Humboldt children whose situations didn’t allow for very many gifts during the holidays. This event allowed these children to hopefully enjoy Christmas a little more. Deputy Havens also participates in the annual “Backpacks for Kids” event where community donations are collected. These donations provide food and school supplies for children in need during the Thanksgiving season.
In July of 2016, Deputy Havens was one of two deputies selected by Sheriff Downey to attend a police memorial in Dallas Texas after the tragic slayings of Dallas Police officers. Because of Deputy Havens’ commitment and appreciation towards her profession, she is a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Deputy Havens attended this memorial in full Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office “Class A” uniform. Deputy Havens later reported to me, “I have never been so proud to be able to serve my community and embrace my profession as a member in law enforcement”.
We in the law enforcement community should strive to have the same compassion as Deputy Havens.
Good luck Hilary on your future endeavors and don’t be a stranger!
Sergeant Jesse Taylor