Officers honored at Law Dinner

Several officers and personnel from the three law enforcement agencies in Moffat County were recognized for their work and conduct this weekend.

Local Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 4265 hosted a dinner and presentation for the Colorado State Patrol Troop 4B, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Craig Police Department Saturday night. The annual Law Dinner was an opportunity for each department to single out officers, personnel and volunteers for special recognition.

The Officer of the Year for the Craig Police Department was Detective Storm Fallon. Fallon was recognized for her work with cases involving sexual assault.

"Storm has had an incredible year in respect to being dumped on with sexual assault cases," Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. "Throughout it all, Storm has maintained a great deal of professionalism. She was complemented on the quality of her work and in her dealings with the people involved in the cases by her fellow officers, the District Attorney's office and the judges who were involved. She really earned this award."

Fallon was not present at the event.

The Civilian of the Year for the police department was Dixie Beck. Beck is the records manager of the department.

Beck's work to keep the department operating smoothly during the move into the Moffat County Public Safety Center, her participation in various department committees and her outlook of "finding why something can work instead of why it can't work," earned Beck the distinction, Vanatta said.

Beck also was not present Saturday night.

Commendations were also awarded to Officer Bridgit Camilletti, Officer Carolyn Wade, Evidence Technician Michelle Anderson and records technician Lynn Krause.

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office awarded its Detention Officer of the Year award to Todd Wheeler and its Patrol Officer of the Year Award to Deputy Courtland Folks.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said Wheeler was selected for his work to improve the operations of the county jail.

"While he's only been with us for a relatively short time, Todd has several ideas that were implemented at the jail," Grinstead said. "All his improvements to operations have had officer safety first and foremost. Todd is always willing to help, and consistently gives extra effort."

Folks earned the honor of Patrol Officer of the Year because of his willingness to "go the extra mile," Grinstead said.

"Courtland is a very hard worker he is always there, ready to go," Grinstead said. "If a majority of our personnel projected the professionalism that Courtland shows every time he's out in the community, our department would be very well received. He always keeps a professional attitude both in and out of the office."

Folks was not present at the event.

Colorado State Patrol Troop 4B recognized Trooper Brad Keadle as its Officer of the Year. Keadle was given this honor because of his work in the communities the State Patrol unit operates in, CSP Sgt. Hank Chase said.

"Brad is anchored in the community, and works in several community projects, like the Alive at 25 program," Chase said. "He also is our Accident Reconstruction Team here, and for all that he is our Officer of the Year."

Keadle was not present at the event.

The Alive at 25 program is a driver education program geared toward teen drivers.

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