Sheriff's Office Marine deputy named regional 'Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year'

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: June 5th, 2013, 3:18 p.m.

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  • PHOTO 1: Deputy Nate Thompson (right) patrols the river with Lake Oswego Fire.
  • PHOTO 2: Deputy Nate Thompson (left) with Oregon State Marine Board Boating Safety Manager Randy Henry. Thompson traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona this spring to accept his "Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" award from the 2013 Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA). Thompson received a plaque and a replica black-powder sheriff's naval revolver.

Congratulations to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Nate Thompson -- who was named "Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" by the 2013 Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA).

He is the first deputy from Oregon to win the award since 2000.

As the award nomination for Deputy Thompson notes: "He is extremely productive in water patrol, is an Oregon State Marine Board instructor, and actively pursues opportunities to teach boating and water safety education to the community.... [In 2012] Deputy Thompson completed 1,402 documented contacts -- which is over 4% of the entire state total."

In 2011, the Sheriff's Office honored Thompson for his quick thinking as he helped rescue a suicidal subject from the freezing Willamette River. Afterward, he helped debrief the Lake Oswego Police -- inspiring the Lake O officers to start carrying throw-bags.

In 2012, The Oregon State Marine Board named Thompson its "Officer of the Year," which led to his nomination for the regional WSBAA award.

Thompson is now up for a national award from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Deputy Thompson teaches whitewater jet-boating and drift-boating to other law-enforcement marine teams around the state, in addition to instructing at the State Marine Officer's Academy. He also teaches water-rescue techniques to local search-and-rescue groups and at local schools. He traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona to receive his WSBAA award immediately after teaching at the 2013 Oregon State Marine Board Law Enforcement Academy.


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Contact Info:

Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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