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Wiebke honored for 10 years of volunteer service to E-911 Center 

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POLSON — After retiring as an accountant, Rich Wiebke needed something to do. 

So he talked to then-Sheriff Lucky Larson, and Wiebke began doing data entry for the county’s E-911 Center. 

The Ronan resident and Charlo native said he wanted something to do after working 35 years as an accountant. 

“It’s good for me. It gets me out of the house,” he said. 

Wiebke, 74, averages 12 hours a week at the E-911 Center, which is located on the second floor of the county courthouse in Polson. 

Wiebke’s first day “on the job” was New Year’s Eve 2007. 

He remembers it well. “The place was crazy because they had a murder that night,” he said. 

Darlene Lester, the county’s E-911 supervisor, said she appreciates Wiebke’s help. 

She noted that he enters data from pawn shops into the Criminal Justice Information Network to ensure the items aren’t stolen. The CJIN is the state’s link to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center, or NCIC. 

Wiebke helps lighten the load for the E-911 Center’s 14 dispatchers, Lester said.

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