Routine visit leaves deputy scrambling to help veteran


November 9, 2022

AIR FORCE VETERAN Rufus Butler sits in the Oregon Veterans Home, where he now lives.

Chris Fairchild wasn't quite prepared for what he encountered when he arrived at an Albany duplex last July to start an eviction process.

Fairchild, a Linn County Sheriff's Office senior deputy, is a process server, the guy who delivers the paperwork after civil court proceedings – summonses, subpoenas, evictions, and other court orders that require such notices.

Fairchild estimates he delivers about 1,600 such notices a year, which he's been doing for five years.

This one seemed routine, at first.

He arrived just as the mail was being delivered to a community box, and Fairchild asked...

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