Mossyrock police officer Rebecca Sutherland was honored by the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition for her work to create Klickitat Prairie Park.
Excerpt: “She is phenomenal,” said former Gov. Dan Evans, co-founder of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. The Coalition on Wednesday honored Sutherland on Wednesday with its 2012 Joan Thomas Award.
“I’m just a police officer, mostly in small towns: I grew up in a small town and know the trouble kids get into if they have no place to go . . . This is more than a park. This is the way of providing a future for our kids,” Sutherland told a crowd of 600 at a Coalition breakfast.
It is Mossyrock’s first park, and building it has brought jobs to a rural town with high unemployment.”