A banquet room filled with sworn personnel and volunteers who make up Madera County Sheriff's nationally recognized Citizens on Patrol paid tribute to a veteran volunteer for the Madera County Sheriff's Office in Oakhurst Wednesday, July 17.
COP Everett Macy, radio ID V3, was honored for more than a decade of service for the Madera County Sheriff's Office.
Macy's background in both military and law enforcement made him a perfect candidate for the COP program.
He told the packed room during the luncheon that when he moved to the Mountain Area he looked forward to retirement a workout in the morning, followed by a cup of coffee while reading the daily paper, and an opportunity to finally enjoy the finer things the great outdoors had to offer.
"That lasted about three weeks," he said.
His wife, Carolyn, read about Citizens on Patrol and suggested he sign up.
"You could do this," she told him.
So he marched into the Sheriff's Oakhurst Substation in 2002 and applied for a position.
During his tenure, he became team leader of the Coarsegold Patrol Unit, and president of the volunteer organization. He quickly became the "go-to guy" someone who could be counted on to assist in handling a host of duties including Bass Lake Boat Patrol, Search & Rescue operations, traffic control, crime scene control, first responder incidents, and even house and welfare checks.
He was also a part of an elite group of volunteers who became FEMA certified for Madera County.
It must be noted that COP Macy is not leaving Madera County for a lack of love for a job he's done for eleven solid years, noted Sheriff John Anderson.
"If he had it his way, he would continue doing what he has become famous for team building, and ever ready to serve as the Sheriff's second set of eyes and ears," Anderson said.
Macy leaves Madera County to assume a different or perhaps equally important line of duty that will take him to Georgia to be near his children and grandchildren.
"Macy will be greatly missed for his kindness, patience and candor," Anderson said. "He will be missed for his dedication and enthusiasm. Most of all he will be missed for just how seriously he took his role to volunteer his time as a public servant."
Macy will leave the mountain community July 26.
Madera County Sheriff's Department
"Macy will be greatly missed for his kindness, patience and candor."
Sheriff John Anderson