LAS VEGAS - The first thing you notice about Sheriff Ralph Lamb is that voice - the low, gravelly growl of a former five-pack-a-day Marlboro man. Even at age 85, Lamb still uses the plain-spoken utterances of an old-school lawman.
On his disdain of firearms: "Sometimes we had to use our guns, but sparingly. If a guy shot at me, I’d shoot back."
And on his public image: "The church-goin’ people in town, the good people, they liked my brand of law and order - keepin’ things cleaned up."