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New Bonner County Marine Deputies Come Out Of Retirement To Protect Boaters On Lake Pend Oreille

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - The Bonner County Sheriff's Office hired several marine deputies to get ready for the summer season on Lake Pend Oreille. Almost all of the deputies are retirees with some experience in law enforcement or marine rescue. 

When most people retire, they might want to live on the lake, maybe even visit or enjoy it. The newest deputies hired want to protect the boating public, and they think their new job gives them the best view in Sandpoint.

"Oh, just look around," John Cyr, a new deputy, laughed and told KHQ Local News when asked why he came out retirement to work in law enforcement again. "It's beautiful. Talk about a great office with a great view. It doesn't get much better than this."

The new deputies spent the last few weeks in training, in preparation for all the boats that will crowd Lake Pend Oreille between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

"We practice towing, doing safety inspections, just approaching boats in rougher weather, making sure that everybody is safe," Cyr said. 

Boat safety inspections are a main priority. The checklist is long, and the deputies practice mock inspections to get ready for the real ones. Cyr stressed the inspection's importance, saying that on the water, accidents can sometimes have more serious consequences in a quicker time frame.  

"if you're in your car and you break down, you can get out and you're safe. If you break down out here, take a day like today where the wind is going, in a real short time, you're out on the rocks somewhere."

These new deputies, who will work part time hours, take their new job seriously, and they want boaters to take safety precautions seriously too, while still enjoying the summer. 

"The biggest part of our job really is making sure that everyone is safe and everybody has a great day," Cyr said. 

 

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