The Snohomish County Sheriff Explorers Program received the keys to a 12- passenger Ford van last week.
In a story of an alumnus taking care of the next generation, the Roy Robinson dealership in Marysville donated the van to Explorer Post #207. The owner of the dealership, Gordy Bjorg Jr, was an explorer and later a deputy sheriff in southeast Washington.
The Snohomish County Sheriff Explorers are a top rated group of youth who travel around Snohomish County for training and community events, and around the state for academies and competitions. Most of the explorers do not yet drive and for years now they have had to rely on their deputy sheriff advisors giving rides in the back seat of patrol cars. Recently, Sgt. White, who supervises the group, had tried unsuccessfully to obtain a used carpool van on a grant. After word of this passed around at a command staff meeting, a call was made.
Gordy Bjorg Jr. owns the Roy Robinson dealerships in Marysville and answered that call. He had just the thing; he had recently taken in a used Ford passenger van on trade. Bjorg knows all about the explorers, he was one in his youth, in a program at Washington State University. He later served as a Whitman County Sheriff’s deputy. Bjorg had his service department go through the van, making sure it had new brakes and any other needed work done to provide the Snohomish County Explorers a safe ride before donating the van to the explorers. The Sheriff outfitted the van with custom graphics to reflect how proud the Office is of its explorers.
Sheriff Trenary commented, “I just want to thank Roy Robinson for being such a great community partner.” Sgt. White reported the van will have its first big mission during winter break – there are six new explorers who will be going with one of their advisors to the Explorer Academy in Yakima starting Dec 26.