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FC: Joseph E. Hill Celebrating 30 years of service to CHS

1: "Thirty years of service..." So few words, to describe so much. Allison and April, over the past 30 years, your daddy has earned the respect and admiration of both correctional health staff, and the Sheriff's office. Through unwavering dedication, excellence in work ethic, and the infallible ability to pull miracles out of thin air, your father has become a jail legend. Just one example of the miracles your dad routinely performed was on the day your father talked a patient down from an air conditioning duct... 150 feet in the air. The inmate was mentally and physically poised and ready to end his life. Your father, relying solely on his skills as a counselor and negotiator, convinced the would-be jumper to climb down to safety, to the overwhelming relief of all. For your dad, it was just all in a day's work.

2: The following was read by your father's supervisor Gina Drew, at the Service Award presentation; "Joe Hill is a Mental Health Associate with Correctional Health Services at the 4th Avenue Jail Intake. He provides mental health services to those being booked into the county jail. Joe is invaluable for the mental health department and CHS. He provides a sense of continuity in the intake department with his institutional knowledge and vast experience. He has been recognized numerous times for going above and beyond while advocating for the patients in his care. His 30 years have been characterized with this same dedication and compassion for the welfare of his patients. No matter what the conditions, Joe does what it takes to get the job done...several years ago when working at

3: the Estrella Jail, Joe's supervisor was looking for him, and one of his co-workers said "He's in the broom closet." At that time, this was the only place Joe could see patients in a confidential space.! In addition, Joe had to carry charts from one jail to another for medication renewals to ensure continuity of care. According to his peers, he did this without hesitation and always had the patient's best interest in mind. At the Madison Jail, Joe could be found playing basketball and exercising with the patients. Joe is both dedicated and passionate about the work he provides to his patients. During the protest outside of the 4th avenue jail last summer, Joe was passing out water to the arrestees as they were booked into jail. This simple action to protect the well-being of the protesters aided in diffusing much of the tension between them and the officers.

4: "It is not uncommon for Joe to forgo his day off to attend staff meetings, or cover a shift. Once, calling Joe to ask him if he could come in he responded "OK, I'm in the pool. Let me dry off and I'll be right there!" He has frequently gone out of his way to assist in covering patient care in the jails, be it at Intake, or other facilities. Joe is also known for working every weekend day and holiday, a sign of his commitment and dedication. His co-workers say he is a guy who has a positive attitude, and can improve any situation. He often alters his schedule to help meet the needs of his peers. His co-workers often say "you can never leave us, Joe!" His modest demeanor, great sense of humor and dedication to both his co-workers and the overall needs of the clientele within the jail make him beloved by medical

5: and mental health staff, and deeply respected by all levels of detention staff." As a personal witness to the SB1070 protest, allow me to provide some additional details of that day... Both MCSO and the protesters were primed and ready for a fight. The protesters were ready to be beaten, and MCSO was ready to deliver the blows. The degree of tension in the air was palpable and rising quickly as singing and chanting protesters were cuffed and dragged into the booking area by increasingly angry officers. Your father arrived onto the scene, and moved quickly into action, speaking easily to captains and commanders, while moving among the arrestees with cups of cool water, holding the cup to their lips so they could drink, as their hands were

6: cuffed behind their backs, and they were unable to hold anything without assistance. This simple act of humanity, combined with your father's natural leadership skills, had an immediate and profound effect on both sides of the protest. Officers stopped their yelling and rough handling of the arrestees, and began managing them more gently, speaking to them quietly and politely. In response, the protesters calmed down, and the atmosphere went from volatile, angry chaos to an orderly, organized, and yes, even humane, process. No one was injured, bad press and lawsuits were avoided:. And all because your father saw what needed to be done, and did not hesitate to do it. Just another day at work for your daddy, girls.

7: a | A man walking on the beach observed another man from a distance. He was also walking, but would occasionally bend down, pick up an object, and gently toss it into the ocean. As they came closer, the first man could see that the other man was picking up stranded starfish and gently tossing them back into the water, thereby ensuring their welfare and survival. "You can't possibly throw all of these stranded starfish back into the ocean-there must be thousands of them!" exclaimed the observer. "Why are you even bothering?" "You're right," replied the rescuer. "I can't throw them all back..." bend, stoop, throw.. "But I'm sure that particular starfish is glad that I came along." | Joseph E. Hill | Starfish Rescuer

8: ...from the Maricopa County... | Receiving 30 years of Service Recognition Award...

9: ...Board of Supervisors

10: Shaking hands with Board members.

11: Jason Lee Tammy Ochao-Smith Dr. Crisham Gina Drew

12: The star of the show and supporting cast members | Tom Tiegler, DON Jason Lee Tamara Ochoa-Smith Gina Drew Dr. Crisham Captain Dean

13: Gina and her celebrity staff member!

14: "Budgie" The show stealer... | Celebration dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory

15: Gina and Monica | Guy, Christina and hubby | Leonardo and Pam | Daro and James

16: Cara and hubby | Steve Fleming

17: Michelle and Casey | (Casey AKA "Faccia del Angeli")

18: Dawn Noggle at right | Leonardo Garcia with Pam Drapeau

19: Daro Lawrence Tammi Ochoa Gina Drew | Singing praises and limericks for Joe!

20: "When I grow up... I wanna be just like Joe!"

21: Dr. Leonardo Garcia: The father of CHS psychiatry

22: Dr. Dawn Noggle knows how to have fun!

23: Monica and Brawnie laugh it up!

24: make great | great

25: the best gifts come from best friends...

27: jeanie Kevin Michelle Casey

28: LOVE | JOY | Happiness

29: Musings from a co-worker "There was a thin man from Philly named Joe Who managed Intake's mighty patient flow He spills coffee on the desk And makes a great mess But he works all the holidays- Good ol' Joe!"

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