On Oct. 20, 2009, our home was burglarized. Jewelry, several guns, liquor, my collection of watches and pocket knives and our 42" plasma TV were stolen.
Sharon and I credit Deputy Mark Franklin's investigative expertise and dedication to duty for the recovery of a gun he located in Yakima on his own time, and later the TV found in Milton-Freewater.
The TV was later donated to the Sheriff's Office to be used as part of its security system. Sheriff Hessler sent us a letter of thanks with no mention of the burglary. He has never contacted us in any manner about the burglary.
We sincerely believe Deputy Franklin is the only law enforcement officer in the Columbia County Sheriff's Office with the knowledge, dedication and leadership qualities needed to keep our community safe and secure. We have faith in Mark Franklin and trust him as sheriff to establish a training program to improve the effectiveness of all county deputies.
We support Deputy Franklin and invite all concerned citizens of Columbia County to elect him our next sheriff. Better to be safe than sorry.