Health Services Director honored by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
CASTLE ROCK –Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver celebrated the contributions made by Douglas County School District Health Services Director to keep students safe and healthy.
On Monday night the Sheriff gave Paulette Joswick the Ron M. King Community Service Award. The honor remembers the hard work and programs developed by Deputy King, who was killed in the line of duty in 1999, when a drunk driver turned in front of his police motorcycle on U.S. Highway 85.
The award was created to recognize a Douglas County citizen or organization, and a public law enforcement officer for their outstanding contribution to youth issues.
This year, during a ceremony at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch on May 12, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Sgt. Jeff Engel received the law enforcement officer award and Joswick received the Citizen Award.
The following statement about Joswick was read during the event:
“To say that she does a lot for kids in our community is an understatement. She goes above and beyond daily to ensure the kids in our community are healthy and safe. She has dedicated her career to Douglas County students. When an opportunity arises to help students in our community, Paulette will make time to help out in any way that she can. She began working with the D.A.R.E. foundation in May 2002, and as we evolved to our current Y.E.S.S. Foundation, she continues to serve as an active board member. On top of her other duties, Paulette has also worked the first aid station as a fundraiser for Y.E.S.S. at the Elephant Rock event, she serves on the District Traumatic Brain Injury Team and the Child Protection Team for Douglas County. Because of Paulette’s tireless hours that she has dedicated to youth over the years, she truly is the best candidate for this year’s Deputy Ron King Citizen Award.”
Joswick says that it is truly an honor for her to recieve this award because she knew and respected Deputy King.
"Ron was a hero," Joswick said. "It means so much to me, because I knew him and his work."
Sheriff Weaver honored a number of other employees and citizens during the ceremony, including the recipients of the Deputy Ron King Memorial Scholarships and citizens and DCSO employees who had earned life saving and service awards.
Sheriff Weaver says these awards symbolize the commitment that members of the Sheriff’s Office and citizens have to their community.
“I am truly humbled to be surrounded by a group of people that show true heroism and dedication on a daily basis. This makes me extremely proud to be the Sheriff of Douglas County.”