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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Oso Hero Deputy Honored With Officer Of The Year Award

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Austin Jenkins
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Northwest News Network
Snohomish County Sheriff's Deputy Glen Bergstrom receives the ''officer of the year'' medal from Lt. Governor Brad Owen.

A Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy has been named “officer of the year” for his actions in the aftermath of the Oso landslide.

Deputy Glen Bergstrom received the honor Friday from the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs.

Bergstrom lives near the slide zone was alerted to the disaster last March by his wife. He immediately headed for the scene.

“As I came over Skaglund Hill and at the bottom of the hill there was a house in the middle of the road and it was heavily damaged and as far as I could see to the east was a sea of mud,” Bergstrom recalled. “That was the moment that I thought wow this is enormous, this is huge.”

Bergstrom is credited with calling in a helicopter and jet fuel and helping to coordinate the rescue of survivors. He was also there the day, months later, when the last of the 43 who died was recovered.

Bergstrom says he was just doing his job. He plans to retire later this year.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."