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POLSON — Debbie Hobbs became a Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy in the fall of 2000. Less than three years later, she was on patrol when an auto accident on Polson hill claimed her life. 

On Friday, Nov. 2, a section of Highway 93 from just south of Caffrey Road to the intersection of Hwy. 93 and Hwy. 35 was dedicated to Hobbs. 

According to Bill Barron, who was Lake County Sheriff during Hobbs’ service, Hobbs was always ready to lend a hand and make the community a better place to live. 

Attending the ceremony were the Mission Valley Honor Guard, Lake County Sheriff Jay Doyle and Undersheriff Dan Yonkin and other law enforcement officers and first responders, as well as Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Director Kevin Howlett, who also spoke.

Doyle noted that Hobbs put in countless hours of volunteer time.

Wayne Hobbs, Debbie’s husband, and their son Shaun and his wife Corie attended. Wayne, with help from Doyle, Howlett and the honor guard, removed the cover from the highway sign. 

“Thanks; it means a lot to me,” Wayne said.    

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