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Sheriff Scott A. Steward

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Now that the smaller reservoirs and lakes are frozen and the larger ones are beginning to freeze over, the Park County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to take proper precautions when venturing out onto the ice. Many residents have begun their annual winter fishing expeditions which can turn tragic if common sense safety measures are not followed.

“First and foremost, anyone who decides to go out on to the ice should always wear a personal floatation device,” commented Sheriff Scott Steward. “Any number of conditions, including but not limited to stress fractures, air pockets, or overly fatigued ice can cause otherwise strong ice to give way. Moreover, ice is always and continually changing. And without a personal floatation device, a victim can drown within 2-15 minutes, depending on the water temperature, due to loss of voluntary muscle control.”

Steward also recommended that people who venture out on open ice carry a pair of “ice awls” or “ice picks” with them, preferable on a loop hung around their necks. These devices held in each hand will enable the victim to self-rescue by gripping the ice, allowing the victim to pull themselves up and out of the water. Steward also recommended the following safety tips:

  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return;
  • Check the ice thickness and strength safety guides which are available online;
  • If you fall through the ice;
    • Remain calm and assess your situation,
    • Swim back to the point where you went in,
    • Kick your feet to the surface using a strong swimmer kick,
    • Keep kicking as you pull yourself on to the ice,
    • As you exit the water, stay low and flat to help spread your weight, and
    • Roll away from the water towards thicker ice.
  • If you observe someone fall through the ice;
    • Verbally tell them how to get out of the water (see above),
    • Reach to them with an object such as a tree branch, ski pole, etc,
    • Throw them a rope, if available,
    • If nothing is available to pull them out, try to get a floating object to them,
    • Do not go on to the ice or approach the victim. Call or go for help.

For additional information on when to know if the ice is safe and additional safety preparedness measures, go to the following website:




This past summer, Sheriff Scott Steward announced the appointment of Deputy Clayton Creel to the department’s patrol division.  Deputy Creel was reassigned from the Park County Detention Facility and began his new duties on August 1st patrolling out of the Cody District.

“Patrol deputies are primarily responsible for providing public safety by maintaining order,… responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations,” said Sheriff Steward.  “I have the utmost confidence that Deputy Creel will serve the citizens of Park County in the manner to which they have come to expect; with pride, compassion, and professionalism.”

Deputy Creel was born in Georgia but grew up in Wapiti where his family moved when he was 3 years old. He was employed as a detention deputy with the Park County Sheriff’s Office in September of 2015.  He has attended Northwest College in Powell where he studied law enforcement.  Deputy Creel currently resides in Cody and is engaged to be married.