Resident deputy honored in Three Rivers

Deputy Kyle Stark is a resident deputy in Three Rivers and is pictured here in his vehicle on the Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road. Deputy Stark was honored during a Hero Celebration Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, by the community of Three Rivers at the Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant. (TCSO photo)

Deputy Kyle Stark was recognized Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, during the Three Rivers Hero Celebration at the Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant. He is the Sheriff’s Resident Deputy in Three Rivers.
Surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues, Deputy Kyle Stark was honored during a Hero Celebration by the community of Three Rivers on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at the Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant.

Deputy Kyle Stark, center, with the organizers of the Hero Celebration: Leah Launey, left, and her husband, Peter Sodhy. (TCSO photo)

Each year, organizers Leah Launey and Peter Sodhy honor law enforcement in February, fire and ambulance in January, and the Armed Forces in March.

“Without these people, we wouldn*t be able to have the life we live in Three Rivers,” Sodhy said.
Kyle Stark was born in Sacramento, raised in Humboldt County, and moved to Tulare County in 1991.
In 2004, he was hired by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and worked in the jails for more than a year. Sheriff Mike Boudreaux was his Sergeant at the time. 
Deputy Stark has a background in construction work and then-Sergeant Boudreaux put his skills to work on the job. 
“I led a crew of inmates in a rehabilitation project,” Deputy Stark said. “I taught inmates how to paint, and we painted the Bob Wiley Detention Facility from red to blue.”
Inmates learned painting in order to obtain employment after they were released from custody. Over the years since then, Deputy Stark said he’s been contacted by some of the inmates in the painting program and they’re doing construction in Tulare County.
After working in Detentions, Deputy Stark was assigned to patrol at the Porterville Substation and became the Community Based Officer for Strathmore and Lindsay. Not long after that, he was promoted to Gang Detective and worked in the newly formed South County Gang Unit. 
Deputy Stark left the Sheriff’s Office in 2008 and worked for the College of the Sequoias Police Department and later for Exeter Police. He also served as a paid volunteer for the Huron Police Department as a tactical flight officer. 
In 2018, Deputy Stark returned to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office when Sheriff Boudreaux offered him the position of Resident Deputy in Three Rivers, where he has lived for the last 10 years. 
Deputy Kyle Stark (front) with local Sheriff’s Office VIPs (Volunteers in Patrol), colleagues, and supporters. (TCSO photo)

“I love Three Rivers,” Deputy Stark said. “I like working up here and working with all the people up here and that’s the reason I came back.”
Deputy Stark said he appreciates being honored as a hero by the community of Three Rivers and he appreciates Sheriff Boudreaux offering him the position of Resident Deputy.
Deputy Stark also gave credit to his wife, Stephanie (who was raised in Three Rivers).
“I’d like to say thank you to my wife, Stephanie, for putting up with me, for the late hours, long days and being grumpy when I come home,” he said. “I’d just like to say I love you and thank you for helping me out.” 

One thought on “Resident deputy honored in Three Rivers

  • March 7, 2020 at 2:29 pm
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    Loved this event very much! Congratulations and well deserved to Deputy Stark!
    Love you all from a Visalia-Sub VIPS.
    Secretary/Treasurer Grace Jepson.

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