The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association recently named its honorees for 2007, and a few folks from Eastern Oregon landed on the list.

Civil Administrative Assistant Barbara Perry, with the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, received the 2007 Civil Support Staff of the Year Award from the Oregon Sheriff's Civil Command Council.

Michael L. Craig, with the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, received a Distinguished Action Award for his volunteer service, something he's done for many years in Wheeler County.

Craig coaches the local Little League team and since 2002 has been involved with the local bluegrass festival. In 1984, he became a member of the Fossil Volunteer Fire Department and voters in the rural community elected him to the Fossil City Council, positions he keeps to this day.

Craig also is active in a charitable fraternal organization and in 1999 he began volunteering with Fossil Volunteer Ambulance and is an EMT intermediate.

He's assisted the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office on many occasions, including evacuating residents in harm's way of a wild land fire, freeing trapped victims in motor-vehicle accidents and assisting as a medic on joint law-enforcement agency operations.

"Craig is a shining example of a person who calmly helps others in need," the OSSA said in a news release about its 2007 awards, also calling him a "shining example of a dedicated volunteer."

Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Todd N. McKinley also received a Distinguished Action Award for his efforts in fighting wild land fires during the summer of 2007.

"Through his quick thinking, initiative and skill, he was able to help suppress damage to both private property and public lands," the associations new release said.

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