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Burgers for Badges barbecue a big smash

by Caryn Haller
Special to The R-C
Motor officer Deputy John Lenz helps himself to a burger before going back to work Saturday at Burgers 4 Badges in Minden Park.
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One hour into Saturday’s barbecue, Capt. Joe Duffy hadn’t been able to eat yet due to the many people who wanted to shake his hand and express their appreciation.

Re/Max Realty partnered with other community businesses to hold a Burgers For Badges event as a way to say thank you to Douglas County’s law enforcement personnel.

“This is outstanding,” Duffy said. “It’s nice to see the community support from Douglas County. People are very supportive. We have a job to do, and there are times we have to enforce the law, but it’s a low percentage of the population who deal with us negatively.”

Re/Max Realty owner John Fisher said they planned for 400 people to attend the free community barbecue in Minden Park, but quickly realized they had underestimated.

“We planned on 400, and ran out of food and had to buy more,” he said. “This is a huge success. We didn’t know what to expect. It’s been great for the community to meet the men and women of law enforcement.”

Wearing a purple T-Shirt with the words “Daddy’s Girl” on it, 8-year-old Grace Karosich said she’s proud of her father, Deputy Kevin Karosich.

“He makes me feel like he’s a hero,” she said.

Mom, Sheri Karosich couldn’t agree more.

“I’m married to my hero,” she said. “With all the negative attitudes towards police, it’s important for people to rally around police officers and show their support. It’s good for the community to see these guys are normal family people, doing their jobs the best they can.”

Agent Russ Davidson and his team of grillers cooked nonstop for two hours before running out of burgers and hotdogs.

“Full speed ahead,” he laughed as he flipped another hamburger. “We brought our youth group from Valley Christian Fellowship to help serve. It’s good for them to get to know law enforcement, since some of them go to our church and others are working in their schools. It’s a blessing to be able to honor the people who protect our community. I’m proud to be a part of it.”

After 40 years of living in Carson Valley, Debbie Gillies said she has no complaints about the sheriff’s department.

“They do a great job, and they’re all great people,” she said. “We’ve known Sheriff Ron (Pierini) since he was a deputy. We’ve known a lot of the deputies, and we’ve always supported them.”

As a retired federal agent, Minden resident Fred Razor said Douglas County has some of the finest officers he’s known.

“They are a good group, highly motivated, well-trained and have good community relations,” he added.

Pierini said he couldn’t thank the sponsors and organizers of Saturday’s Burgers For Badges event enough.

“This is a real positive thing for our people,” he added. “It’s a real boost for them. Their job is tough. My thanks to Re/Max and all the people who donated and organized it. This is perfect.”