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Two Corrections Professionals Receive Awards for Public Service

May 23, 2017

By Rachel Friederich

DOC Communications

Leslie Izaguirre, winner of the extra mile award, and DOC Secretary Sinclair posing for a photo

Leslie Izaguirre with Department of Corrections Secretary, Stephen Sinclair (Photo provided courtesy of Denise Vaughan)

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OLYMPIA — Two Washington State Department of Corrections employees have received awards as part of the annual Public Service Recognition Week celebration held the second week of May.

Leslie Izaguirre, a fiscal analyst at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, received an Extra Mile Award. Julie Martin, the assistant secretary of the agency’s Administrative Operations Division at the department’s headquarters in Tumwater received a Leadership Award.

The Office of Financial Management and Office of Secretary of State hosted this year's Public Service Recognition Week. The week is filled with celebrations and events all around the state, with an award ceremony culminating the honors.

Izaguirre received the Extra Mile Award for assisting the victim of a rollover accident following a snowstorm in Eastern Washington. Izaguirre saw the car crash into an embankment on U.S. Route 395. Izaguirre saw the driver of the car was badly injured. She called 9-1-1 and stayed with the victim until first responders arrived. The victim later died, but his family contacted Izaguirre to thank her for staying with the man so he was not alone in his final hours.

“She’s a good person, a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for,” said Izaguirre’s nominator. “When others say how proud we are of her, she just shrugs her shoulders and says ‘I just did what anyone else would have done.’”

Martin received her Leadership Award for her work within the Administrative Operations Division. Her nominators describe Martin as someone who actively listens to staff so she can understand their issues and solve problems. They said Martin is a “firm decision maker who also encourages other staff to do their best.”

They also describe Martin as someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo, works hard to communicate to staff so they have information to do their work and is someone who creates pathways to carry out the Administrative Operations Division’s vision.

“From conserving the environment through the many initiatives of the Sustainability in Prisons Project, to impacting incarceration rates and promoting rehabilitation through the introduction of sentencing alternatives, to pioneering one of the first crime victims' support programs in the nation—the work of public service professionals in the Washington Department of Corrections has made the state of Washington innovative and forward-thinking when it comes to transforming the world of corrections and public safety,” said Stephen Sinclair, Secretary of Corrections. “The achievements of Leslie and Julie are further examples of the great accomplishments I've witnessed from so many Corrections staff who continuously inspire and motivate me.”