Dep. Jamison Cady could have simply taken a report and worked to find the culprits when he was called to a home on Aug. 12.

Dep. Jamison Cady could have simply taken a report and worked to find the culprits when he was called to a home on Aug. 12.
Cady was called to a rural Jasper County home that had been TP'ed — someone or a group of people had thrown toilet paper all over the yard and the trees.
What was ironic was the culprits, it turned out, actually meant to TP the yard next door — they had gotten the address wrong.
Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser, speaking at the Sheriff's Office's Oct. 16 semi-annual awards ceremony; takes it from there.
“To make matters worse, these people were elderly, they didn't get around too well and picking up toilet paper, for most people, is not to big of a deal, but for these people, it was a big deal and she was pretty upset about it,” Kaiser said. “So Jamison Cady, doing what Jamison Cady does, calls his corporal and says, hey boss, I'm going to clean all this up real quick. And his boss, Cpl. Alvin Peavler, said, that's a great idea, why don't you do that. In fact, he shows at the house a few minutes later and they both clean up the yard.
“The lady called JASCO back a short time later and she was crying because of what these guys had done, they had picked up her yard. And you know it's not something they had to do, for them to show up and say we'll look into it, it was unfortunate they got the wrong house, take the information and leave, that would have been perfectly acceptable work. This is work that stands out above and beyond and they will receive the sheriff's Certificate of Appreciation.”
Cady and Peavler were two of a number of people recognized at this awards ceremony.

Working off duty
Dep. James Marler was off duty and happened to be at Mercy Joplin Hospital on July 11 when he noticed a group of people in what Kaiser described as an excited situation in the parking lot of the hospital.
“He sees this young girl bleeding and the parents are excited,” Kaiser said. “So Deputy Marler, doing what he does, scoops her up, runs her into the ER and gets her help. It seems like a small action, but in a moment of crisis, a moment of indecision, he's a guy who takes charge. It turns out she had some complications resulting from a tonsillectomy. He got her taken care of in short order and I know her parents and her family were very grateful for his quick thinking. For that he will be given the Sheriff's Letter of Appreciation.”

Reserve officer
He couldn't be at the ceremony on Oct. 16, but Kaiser said the department also recognized Reserve Dep. Darren Lindsey for his valuable assistance as a volunteer deputy.
In a letter to the board that makes these awards, Cpl. Matt Terry wrote that Lindsey has been an active reserve deputy for 25 years and “is always a very highly motivated and positive individual to work with.”
“Deputy Lindsey usually assists and works with me at least one day a month throughout the year in the schools when I am working as school resource officer,” Terry wrote. “And is always willing to help me in any way he can, whether it be just roaming the hallways or interacting with the students in a positive manner.”
Terry said Lindsey is also willing to help in all the other divisions in the Sheriff's Office, even as he holds down a full time job as a truck driver.
Kaiser said Lindsey was presented with a letter of appreciation before the Oct. 16 ceremony.

Promotions and new hires
Kaiser also recognized the new employees hired by the Sheriff's Office in the past six months for all departments.
Recognized were John Watkins, Jonah Holly, Eric Adkins, Jordan Pottorff, Stormy Potts, Justin Tandy and Jost Tiffany.
Six officers who received promotions were recognized. Those included: Chris Calvin, promoted to sergeant; Jody Abram, promoted to sergeant; Garrett Metscher, promoted to corporal; Derek Frossard, promoted to corporal; Chris Thresher, promoted to corporal and Cindy Barnett, promoted to corporal.