A deputy with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was honored Friday in a 13 year-long tradition of celebrating deputies for their service.
Jairo Perez was honored by the community of Three Rivers as a part of its Heroes Appreciation Month Law Enforcement Celebration at the Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant.
“I’m excited I was chosen for this award. I’ve been working hard and I appreciate that my name even came up,” he said. “I’d like to thank my wife and daughter for their support on and off the field.”
Perez is assigned to the sheriff’s Boating Safety Enforcement Unit near Lake Kaweah, Lake Success and the Kings River.
Boating safety is a priority on the water, he said. “We’re sticklers on wearing your life jackets and having all the safety equipment.”
He says his goal is to make sure everyone makes it home at the end of the day.
Perez has been an exemplary deputy for the Tulare County Sheriff*s Office, said Captain Mark Gist.