Volunteer supports deputies, creates museum on walls of sheriff's station.
Today, a very special volunteer is celebrating her
anniversary. October 23 marks the 25 year anniversary of service to the
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for Station Historian Estelle
Foley, a pillar of the station, is well known and recognized for all her
hard work over the years. Most notably, Estelle is single-handedly
responsible for preserving and highlighting the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff
Station's 159 year history and unprecedented level of service
to the Santa Clarita Valley, and 21 years of service to the City of Santa
Estelle began her association with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s
Station on October 23, 1983.
Estelle has been instrumental in coordinating numerous station activities and
events, including the station’s 70th Anniversary Book and dedication ceremony
in August of 1996; and the creation of the Historical Hall of Fame, which
depicts the history of the Department from 1849 to the present.
In doing so, Estelle researched, documented, and created plaques, picture
frames, and mementos to line the walls of the station. These items depict
historical events, articles, and milestones from years gone by. If you
walk the hallways you can see and read about the many noteworthy leaders that
have given their service to the valley throughout the years and the many
different enforcement units and specialized resources that have been
instrumental in the development of current station protocols and protection
efforts. Also highlighted are the prestigious and often times heroic
actions of deputy sheriffs and other station staff who have served our
community throughout the years.
Estelle has served on the station's Community Advisory Community, directly
addressing matters that are important to the public we serve. She has
served as a volunteer in the station secretariat, was involved with the
implementation of the Knox Box security system program, and was involved with
spearheading the design and construction of the Memorial Garden.
The garden was proudly dedicated on Friday,
August 30, 2002, in remembrance of Deputy Hagop "Jake" Kuredjian, killed in
the line of duty on August 30, 2001,
and Deputy Arthur Pelino, the first Santa Clarita Valley
Deputy to be killed in the line of duty on March 19, 1978. The garden, with its serene
waterfall and pond is a place where all station personnel can visit and relax
or reflect on Jake, Arthur, and their service to the Santa Clarita
Valley. Commemorative plaques with both deputies’ pictures also overlook
the garden thanks to Estelle and the others involved with the project.
The garden helps ensure the deputies are never forgotten.
For her support and dedication to the men and women of the Santa Clarita
Valley Sheriff’s Station, Mrs. Foley has received numerous awards from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the
Sheriff’s Department, including the Unit Commander’s Recognition Pin. As
a dedicated volunteer, Estelle has devoted nearly 6,000 hours of her own time
and service to the County of Los Angeles
and the City of Santa Clarita and
saved more than $121,000 in personnel costs over the years. We are
extremely grateful for her generosity and kindness, and are truly blessed to
have her as part of our family.
"Estelle continues to amaze us with her timeless and tireless
commitment to our station and personnel," said Captain Anthony La
Berge. "She gives all those who visit and work at our station a
unique traditional perspective of the true history behind what we do everyday
and we are very grateful for her," he added.