LONG BEACH — The local chapter of the Marine Corps League on Nov. 11 gave its first “Eugene Bolstad Award” to Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randy Wiegardt.
The League is an organization of retired Marine Corps veterans, member Mike Allen said. Members created the new award because they wanted to recognize law enforcement officers who do an exceptional job of serving their communities.
While discussing possible names for the award, they remembered the story of Eugene Bolstad, a young Washington State Patrol trooper who was stationed in Long Beach in the 1950s. He drowned in 1957, while trying to save a teenager who was caught in a fierce undertow.
The League presented the award to Wiegardt during the Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Astoria Country Club.
Bolstad’s widow, Barbara Diamond, shared the story of her husband’s life and death with the Chinook Observer in 2015. Diamond, now 84, lives in Tacoma. She was not able to attend the event, but in a phone call, she said she was “delighted” that the award was named after Bolstad.
Read our 2015 article at tinyurl.com/Bolstad-Story.