Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation

Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation chairman Ram Prasad, right, and vice chairman Jerry Betts, left, present Marla Heagle and Randy Heagle, center, with the organization’s Citizens of the Year Award.

Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation last week awarded Randy and Marla Heagle with its inaugural Citizens of the Year award.

The Heagles have supported the group’s efforts for several years in a row, along with providing a space for the organization’s main annual fundraising event.

“This is a wonderful group that makes our community a better place,” Randy Heagle said, while accepting the award Thursday morning during a presentation at the Crow’s Nest Restaurant.

The nonprofit organization, established in 2011, now features about 45 members and regularly works with its sister group, the Camano Island Sheriff Citizen Patrol.

The foundation raises money to help Island County deputies and state park rangers by buying items such as a gun safe for the sheriff’s precinct, a speed radar trailer, trail cameras and money for the Shop with a Cop holiday program.

“I can’t tell you enough about how much this group helps us serve Camano Island,” Sheriff Mark Brown said at the event.

The award was presented by Foundation President Ram Prasad, who said that with help from people such as the Heagles, the group can continue helping people through efforts such as their “Be Safe, Be Visible” program, started by Citizen Patrol members Bill and Cindy Richards.

The program distributes free reflective vests to walkers and runners on the island.

For more information or to donate, visit clesfoundation.org or attend a regular meeting, held at 7 p.m. the first Monday each month at the Camano Country Club fire station.

Contact reporter Evan Caldwell at ecaldwell@scnews.com and follow him on Twitter @Evan_SCN for updates throughout the week and on Instagram @evancaldwell.scn for more photos.

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