New deputy working in Markleeville |

New deputy working in Markleeville

by Joyce Devore

Tyree Holdridge is Alpine County’s recent addition to the Sheriff’s Department. He is a graduate of Feather River College and has almost completed his coursework for a criminal justice degree at Western Nevada Community College.

“I was hired on a federal grant, so I strive to serve the community well and earn my salary,” Deputy Sheriff Holdridge explained. “My training in Sacramento was challenging because I had to live in Sacramento for six months and I’ve always lived on a ranch.  Rancho Cordova, where we trained, is area known for car theft.”

“Physically, it was easy and I broke many of the records at the academy. The coursework was not too difficult, but the schedule was grueling. We arrived at 4 a.m. to polish our boots and make sure that our uniforms were immaculate. Training began at 6 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m. After 5, we had cleaning duty, then I did physical training and studied. Some of the less motivated trainees caused our group to suffer, which is always difficult.”

After graduation from the Academy, Holdridge began a 12 week field training on-the-job program. Officers Tom Minden and Chris Hartoonian guided Holdridge through a manual covering a wide variety of duties, including financial issues, legal issues, use of force tactics, domestic violence, and community policing.”

When I asked if Alpine County is as bucolic as it appears, he replied “There is more going on in Alpine County than I thought. I knew that Kirkwood has some seasonal-employee type problems, but I didn’t know that there are so many other interesting types of people wandering around. It surprised me to find an older man wandering all alone way out near Monitor Pass. He looked like he had been out there for quite a while, but he was harmless.”

The best part of the job for Holdridge is the variety of work experiences.

“We don’t get as many calls as Reno, but we get to ride quads and go off-roading. When the marijuana fields were discovered last summer, I worked more than 60 hours some weeks, but I loved it. I hiked up the mountain loaded with gear and loved every minute.”

Holdridge knows almost every square inch of the county. His family moved to the Neddrienripp Ranch in Alpine County from a ranch in Valley Center when Holdridge was entering sixth grade in 1997. He stated that, “I was so into sports that I made friends throughout the Valley. I played outside linebacker on the football team, catcher on the baseball team, and I wrestled. My high school career was not typical, though. I really had a good time at Douglas High because of the camaraderie. My friends and I were incredibly active during and after school. We went off-roading, shooting, hiking, back-country snow-boarding at Blue Lakes, snowshoeing in Hope Valley, and of course, snowboarding and skiing at the resorts.”

He is as tough as he sounds. Holdridge shyly said, “At Feather River College, I was riding bulls but my parents made me stop after I had a severe broken arm and a fractured face from the bulls.”

His family has a long history of service to the community, Holdridge said.

“My dad is the president of the board of education, my uncle Jim was a firefighter, and there are nurses in the family, too.”

His mother, Angie Holdridge, is a nurse specializing in cancer treatment. His twin aunts are nurses in Benicia.

Soon there will be another nurse in the family, since Holdridge is recently engaged to a young woman who wins triathlons and is completing her nursing degree.