Nearly 200 former explorers, advisors and retirees gathered in Hillsboro to recognize the 50th anniversary of Explorer Post 877, Oregon’s oldest law enforcement search and rescue post. It was a great evening for celebration and catching up with old friends, with Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett who hosted the gathering saying, “It was an honor to recognize our explorers and welcome back former Sheriffs Bill Probstfield, Jim Spinden, and Rob Gordon as we celebrated 50 years of service to the Washington County community and the state of Oregon.”
Sheriff Garrett recognized the efforts of three deputies who started the post in 1966, retirees Detective Ken Engh, Captain Harold Kleve, and Captain Tom McDowell. He also thanked former advisor Sergeant Tygh Thompson and current advisor Corey Stone for their many years of service. He invited his three predecessors to join him in presenting the Distinguished Service Award to members of Explorer Post 877 for their successful search and rescue of a lost missing person in a forested area of Tillamook County.