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Published: Friday, August 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Community Extra: Applause

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Mike Reagan (right), a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds, was recently awarded the Outstanding Civilian Se...

    Contributed photo Mike Reagan (right), a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds, was recently awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army 3d Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Mike Reagan, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds, was recently awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army 3d Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The battalion suffered numerous casualties during its most recent deployment to Afghanistan.
A banquet to observe its return was held Aug. 16, and Reagan was a speaker.
The medal was a surprise.
Reagan has drawn more than 3,300 portraits of service men and women killed while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as gifts to Gold Star families. His effort is called the Fallen Heroes Project. The Edmonds man is a Marine combat Vietnam veteran.
"His dedication to duty and commitment to the soldiers proved essential to honoring our Fallen Heroes," Lt. Col. Frank G. Davis wrote in a proclamation.
To learn more about Reagan's work go to www.fallenheroes project.org.
Donations fund new ID equipment
Nearly $4,000 worth of new Operation Child ID equipment recently purchased by the Pilchuck Foundation made its debut on Aug. 6 at Granite Falls' National Night Out, when officers from the Granite Falls Police Department used it to create permanent identification cards for parents.
The equipment consists of a special identification card-making machine that includes a camera for photos, an FBI approved biometric fingerprint scanner, and a field laptop. Each ID card shows a photo of the child, height, hair and eye color and features a scan of the child's thumbprint. Cards are kept by parents for safekeeping in case a child goes missing, is abducted or runs away. No information is stored by the police.
The equipment was funded by donations to the Pilchuck Foundation's "We Pledge Our Support" campaign, which is a three-year pledge drive to help the police department with needed training, equipment and technology not covered by its budget.
For more information, go to www.pilchuckfoundation.org.
Soroptimist board gets to work
Soroptimist International of Marysville has named its 2013-14 board: Co-presidents Teresa Trivett and Kathie Roon, along with Debbie Elgin, Marge Due, Louise Alexander-Way, Elaine Hanson, Veronica Love, Suzanne Perry, Jackie Van Assche, Kathleen Shalan and Melissa Clarke.
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