National organization honors D2 PPO

Hoiland with medal around his neck
D2 PPO Clint Hoiland

In February 2014 Clint Hoiland, a District 2 probation and parole officer, saved the life of a suicidal man who was about to jump off a bridge. 

The Idaho Board of Correction honored Hoiland by presenting him with its Silver Cross Award.  

Now the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation has honored Hoiland. 

Last month he traveled to Jacksonville. Fla. to receive CPOF’s “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” medal.

EDOC asked Hoiland to tell us about the trip.

Here is his account in his own words.

Actions speak louder than words

By Clint Hoiland, District 2 probation and parole officer

Working in corrections, all of us have learned that talk is cheap, and most of us have come to respect people who walk their talk.  On June 18-21, 2015, I learned that the Correctional Peace Officer Foundation's (CPOF) motto and mission statement:  "Taking Care of Our Own," is exactly what they mean and do.  My supervisor, my spouse, and I were flown to Jacksonville, Florida, by CPOF for me to be given the "Above and Beyond the Call Of Duty" medal, after being nominated for it by Deputy Director Henry Atencio.  From the time I received notification of my award, until the time I returned home from Florida, CPOF staff and volunteers treated us like close family. 

It was a humbling experience to be among the Honored Families, those families left behind after their family member had died while performing their duties.  I will always remember the dinner on the Thursday night of our arrival.  All of the minor children of the fallen were honored.  They were called  up to the stage in front of all 850 of us, one by one, to receive their suitcase full of age appropriate toys, blankets, and games.  I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.  The children then went to either the CPOF Kids room or Teen Room for the remainder of the  conference, where they could interact with others who also lost their parents.  Group counseling sessions were also held, along with special activities just for them.  

On Friday, the Project 2000 XVI Memorial service was held, to honor those who had fallen, not just in the last year, but those who had fallen previously but were never recognized.  Under clear blue skies, with 92 degree weather and 70 percent humidity, all of us gathered on the waterfront to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Honor guards from all over the United States and Canada were in attendance and performed their solemn duties with precision and respect.  

On Friday night, the Honored Families were recognized in a dignified set of proceedings.  They later talked about how CPOF staff sent them letters and phone calls, in addition to monetary assistance, to help them cope with the loss of their loved ones.  I also did not realize that on Christmas, CPOF sends the minor children a gift, and that the phone calls, letters, and support don't ever stop.  The families of those who had  been honored previously were also in attendance.  It is specifically for those families that CPOF changes the location of Project 2000 each year (the past two years it was held in Seattle and Portland, respectively).  The hotel and all meals are paid for by CPOF.  I talked to one widower and his son who said that he has come to every one since his wife died in the line of duty four years ago.  He said that the sense of family, sense of belonging, and knowledge that his wife is remembered carries him through during tough times.  There was a group counseling session for these families that was held, as well.

On Saturday, there was a recognition luncheon for CPOF's Catastrophic Assistance Program (CAP), Survivors of Serious Assaults, and the award that I was to receive,  Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.  I was pretty familiar with CAP from seeing articles on E-DOC, but it was the Survivors of Serious Assaults who left me in awe.  These women and men who had been stabbed, beaten, and often left for dead by the inmate/offender; most of them reported back to work after recovering from their injuries.  There were some who were recognized who unfortunately, had wounds so grievous, they are medically disabled.  There was later a group counseling session just for them.  

There were four of us who were honored with Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award, one of whom I made friends with was from Colorado.  He was being recognized for stopping and aiding an accident victim and keeping him stable until medics could arrive. Both of us were escorted to the stage; my escort was District Manager Scott Douglass, where I was presented with a very nice plaque and a medal was placed around my neck.  

Other than the military, there are no other professions out there who take care of their own like law enforcement.  I am proud to have been a supporting member of CPOF for years, and see that this organization is all about taking care of our own.  I am proud of the job that I do and the career I have chosen.  I didn't start out to work in this field, but now there is no other place I would like to be, counted as one of you, my correctional sisters and brothers.  Stay safe!

Story published: 07/08/2015
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