FAIRFIELD — Two Solano County sheriff’s deputies, with a combined total of 59 years of service, have retired.
Deputy Mike Vaughn began his career in March 1983 as a correctional officer. He became a deputy sheriff in 1985.
Vaughn worked most of his career on patrol and in the courts. He saw patrol as the “true essence of law enforcement,” said a press release announcing the retirements.
One of his unforgettable moments on duty happened about 15 years ago when he was on a Christmas Eve patrol. He found a man freezing in someone’s driveway in the rural county. The man had fallen while trying to walk to an Oakland homeless shelter.
Vaughn put him the patrol car, turned up the heat and drove him to the bus depot and gave him $20 for a ticket.
Years later, the man wrote Vaughn a thank you note and told him he had become the director of that homeless shelter. He credited Vaughn with saving his life.
Vaughn plans to spend more time with his wife during his retirement years, the press release said.
Deputy Carlo Labao joined the Sheriff’s Office in January 1986, also as a correctional officer. He became a deputy sheriff in 1989.
His varied jobs have included patrol, court services, transportation, marine patrol, bike patrol and the Mobile Field Force.
Labao has received many commendations for his livesaving acts during his career, as well as appreciation awards from former Sheriff Richard Hulse and from the 3rd Congressional District.
He will miss the camaraderie with his fellow law enforcement officers, he said in the release. Developing relationships and working as a team with people for 28 years makes them unforgettable, he said.
Vaughn and Labao were applauded by Sheriff Thomas A. Ferrara for their decades of serving their community. Ferrara worked with both of them.
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