Deputy Jack Williamson, a 16-year veteran, was named Deputy of the Year by the Madera County Sheriff's Office on Friday.
Williamson joined the sheriff's department in 1998 and spent nine years with the mountain division, said Sheriff John P. Anderson. While in the mountain division, Williamson worked as a detective and kickstarted the Madera County Sheriff's Office involvement with Internet Crimes Against Children. In 2011, Williamson was dubbed the department's Internet sleuth after investigating a tough molestation case that put a man in prison for life.
Also in 2011, Williamson launched a fundraising campaign to raise awareness for a boy with cerebral palsy who dreamed of running a marathon. Williamson raised enough money to buy a wheelchair for the boy so the two of them could run the 10K Smokey Bear Run at Bass Lake.
Currently, Williamson works in eastern Madera County, investigating burglaries, thefts and forgeries.
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