Humboldt General Hospital's finest in now also one of Winnemucca Police
HGH EMS Rescue Captain Ken Whittaker was sworn in as a reserve office with
the WPD on Thursday, May 22, at Winnemucca City Hall.
Mayor Di An Putnam presided at the event, which was also attended by Winnemucca
Police Chief Eric Silva, HGH CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish and HGH EMS
Rescue Chief Pat Songer.
Officer Whittaker, who has served as a paramedic with HGH EMS Rescue for
six years, said he will be honored to also wear the Winnemucca blue.
"This is a great opportunity for me," he said, "to train
with the Winnemucca Police Department, and not only add new skill sets
and experiences, but also be a safety resource to our community at the
Mayor Putnam administered the law enforcement oath of honor to Officer
Whittaker, after which Chief Silva pinned Whittaker's officer's
badge. He will wear number 3225.
Chief Silver reminded his new reserve officer to "remember the sacrifices
of all who went before."
He also expressed his pleasure at having an officer of Whittaker's
caliber join his force—if only on a reserve basis.
Mayor Putnam said she is grateful for the inter-agency teamwork that has
become a hallmark of the Humboldt County community.
"All the agencies in our community work together to make the community
better," she said.
HGH EMS Rescue Chief Pat Songer agreed, "The [police] chief and captains
have done an excellent job of integrating services."
Chief Songer continued, "Thank you from our department for the opportunity
this gives us to rise to a different level of professionalism."
Officer Whittaker is the fourth HGH EMS Rescue paramedic to join the reserve
ranks of the Winnemucca Police Department. Others include Officers Kevin
Grannis, Monique Rose and Brittney Phillips.
Officer Whittaker has been a reserve deputy with the Humboldt County Sheriff's
Office for 4.5 years. He will continue to work with that agency in addition
to his new WPD duties.
Captain Whittaker is in charge of all special operations for HGH EMS Rescue.
He is currently the "EMT of the Year" for Humboldt General Hospital.