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YHS Class Raises Funds For Wounded Deputy

OAKHURST – Yosemite High School’s fledgling Criminal Justice Class is raising funds to help Mariposa County Deputy Rudy Mirelez, a ten year veteran who was wounded in the line of duty Oct. 1.

“The YHS class is raising funds for Deputy Mirelez and his family, and appreciates any amount of money paid by cash or check,” say organizers. Checks should be written to the Mariposa County Deputy Association, with the memo section reading, “Rudy Mirelez.”

Deputy Mirelez with wife Christine Sheriff Doug Binnewies Capt Jeremy Briese and Capt Sterling Cramer - MCSODeputy Mirelez is pictured with his wife Christine, Sheriff Doug Binnewies, Captain Jeremy Briese and Captain Sterling Cramer, in a photo courtesy of the MCSO.

According to the department, “Rudy continues to improve after being shot in the mouth and torso. He is recovering from his recent surgery, with many more surgeries to come. Rudy continues to be in good spirits as he moves forward in his healing process. Rudy would like to pass on that he and his wife are so thankful for everything and all of the support he has received.”

The YHS Criminal Justice Class is taught by Dave Maynez, a veteran law enforcement officer with 22 years experience, last working for the Fresno Police Department. Students in Maynez’ class learn basic law enforcement techniques, he says, along with criminal law, an overview of careers in criminal justice, investigation techniques and other related curriculum. The students must complete community service requirements, learn to work with basic security functions, and assist with parking vehicles at local events.

The students have a goal of raising $1000 for Deputy Mirelez and his family, says their instructor. “They have begun soliciting funds in the community and will be asking for donations at the next home football game at YHS on Friday, Oct. 23.” Even though school is out, there’s a game that night.

If you would like to donate to Deputy Mirelez please mail or drop off at Yosemite High School. Anyone with questions is asked to contact instructor Dave Maynez at (559) 683-8801, ext. 387 or email



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