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Sheriff's Office Volunteer Logs Over 2,000 Hours for Free

First Responder Friday: Diana Marmino (Benton County Sheriff's Office)

BENTON COUNTY, Mo -- Almost every day for over a year, Diana Marmino has shown up for work at the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Not once has she received a paycheck.

"I don't know if you're a God believing man, but that's what it really was," she explained, after she delivered a paper resume to Sheriff Eric Knox in 2017.

Sheriff Knox prays, but wasn't privy to the plans 'The Boss' had in store. 

"When the resume showed up, it wasn't with Diana. It was left on my desk. I thought it was a joke," said Knox. "There is no way that someone with that type of experience would want to come in and donate their time."

That's perhaps the last time he underestimated divine intervention: Diana Marmino is now a constant reminder that big answers come to small towns.

"We both have common goals, and are just very service oriented people," said Marmino. 

Diana has sat under the flag for the past 15 months, serving the ones who serve. She brings extensive knowledge of business operations, after graduating Cum Laude from Nevada State College.

While also in the process of obtaining a masters degree, she is also backing the blue by balancing Sheriff's Office budgets, and bolstering the blueprints for a new $10 million dollar jail.

Voters approved the passage of a sales tax on April 3.

She explains that seeing a 162 year old jail facility in failing condition was her call to service.

"I think it's because you see these guys showing up every day doing the best work they can for what little we have.

"If there is any kind of input I can do to help them, to get a better facility, then I will definitely come 30-40 hours a week to help them out with whatever I can."

Diana has announced that she is moving to Nebraska in May, although she plans on returning from time to time to help out the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

We want to wish her the best of luck, and thank her for the impact she has left here in the Ozarks.


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