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Exchange Club salutes two for Officer of Year
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Two officers were honored during the Noon Exchange Club’s annual Officer of the Year luncheon with Paul Springer named Policeman of the Year, while Jared Jacobs was conferred Deputy of the Year honors by the civic organization.“He is the ultimate professional,” said Police Chief Bryan Denton in presenting Springer with the city lawman award. “He makes good, common-sense decisions.”Denton said Springer hails from Florida and came to McMinnville by way of Red Bank where he was a policeman.“There were all kinds of issues living in one time zone and working in another,” Denton said, noting that was one reason the McMinnville department was able to bring him in as an officer here.“He respects the citizens he was hired to protect,” Denton noted, adding Springer isn’t anyone who is flashy, but instead works hard without expecting recognition. “He puts in a day’s work for a day’s pay.”Sheriff Jackie Matheny had high praise for the deputy of the year who had formerly served as a patrolman for McMinnville Police Department before joining the county force.“Sometimes it’s hard to choose one deputy that stands out from a group that every day puts their lives on the line when they put that gun and badge on,” Matheny said.