Jan. 31, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – Normally the Office of Sheriff would not publicly post internal memos to our staff, but I thought it was fitting in this case.
I am incredibly proud to belong to an organization with staff that genuinely care about the citizens we are entrusted to serve. Here is just one example I wanted to share.
Sheriff Martin R. Schulteis
Below is the wording on the memo:
“On Friday January 18, 2019 you (Washington Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Schwitz) were on duty and on break at a local restaurant. During your meal break, the waitress came to your table she was noticeably upset.
You learned in the middle of bringing your meal to the table, the waitress was stopped by an individual she had hired to make a cake for a 1-year-old family member’s birthday party. The individual had come to the restaurant and told the waitress that she could no longer make the cake, returned the money and abruptly left. The birthday party was scheduled for the following day. You inquired how long ago the waitress had hired this person to make the cake. She replied, “Several weeks ago.”
As a suggestion you recommended she call a local store to see if they could make a cake in time for upcoming birthday party.
The waitress was clearly upset and relayed to you that she did not know what she was going to do. She had to work two shifts that day, and did not have time to go get a cake or bake one.
Just prior to leaving, you called the waitress over to the table and asked how many people she needed the cake for, and what kind she wanted. You then told the waitress that you would go after work and get a cake for her. You also determined how many people the cake was for, what kind she wanted, and the child’s name to put on the cake. You even asked about what kind of decoration to put on the cake. The waitress explained that the child really likes “Cookie Monster”, but that any cake would be great.
Apparently you were not able to find a “Cookie Monster” themed cake, so in addition to the cake you purchased a stuffed cookie and had the bakery place frosting on it to try and resemble “Cookie Monster”. A supervisor approached you to tell you that you did a really nice thing for the waitress. Your response was that you, “Did not have anything going on after work and that it’s what we do, we help people.”
These simple acts of kindness have a lasting impression on the individuals we serve. On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, I want to personally thank you for your dedication and compassion to the citizens of Washington County.”
Sheriff Martin Schulteis