Spokane Valley sheriff’s Sgt. H.J. Whapeles recently received a Community Service Award presented by the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
Whapeles received this award for his work designing, developing and delivering the tactical curriculum to the Spokane Valley Rescue Task Force, said Deputy Mark Gregory, sheriff’s spokesman.
Fire department Capt. Chris Cornelius wrote in his nomination letter for Whapeles, “[his] teachings have enabled our RTF team to excel in several regional exercises including the active-shooter drill at Eastern Washington University earning accolades from many in the law enforcement community for our team’s solid tactical fundamentals.”
Cornelius went on to say Whapeles’ “expertise and instruction was, and continues to be, instrument in the development of our Rescue Task Force. His service brings great credit to the Spokane Valley Fire Department, our Rescue Task Force and the service our organization and team deliver to our community.”
“The Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office are extremely proud of Whapeles’ work with the Spokane Valley Rescue Task Force and of his professional service he provides every day to the citizens of Spokane Valley and Spokane County,” Gregory said. “His continued dedication and professionalism brings honor to us all.”