Craig To the editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge public thank you to Sgt. Dusty Schulze of the Craig Police Department for his 15 years of public service as a law enforcement officer. Sgt. Schulze recently made the difficult decision to retire from law enforcement to pursue other ventures, which in turn will allow him more time with his family. Although his family certainly is appreciative of his choice, Sgt. Schulze's professionalism, experience and dedication to his community will sorely be missed by many.
Sgt. Schulze has exhibited tremendous leadership during the course of his career, earning numerous letters of commendation from a variety of agencies, as well as the distinction of being nominated Officer of the Year for the Moffat County Sheriff's Department in 1996 and Officer of the Year for the Craig Police Department in 2003. Sgt. Schulze also was the Commander of the GRAMNET Drug Task Force for two years and, along with his team, secured a 100 percent conviction rate on felony drug distribution cases.
Law enforcement, by its very nature, often invites criticism, scrutiny and even contempt for the system in general from the public it serves. I commend Sgt. Schulze for maintaining such a high level of professionalism, and I appreciate his integrity, work ethic and deep sense of humor in the face of such adversity.
Heroes are among us, and oftentimes they wear a badge.
Dusty, you may have decided to turn your badge in, but you always will be a hero in my eyes and one of the best officers I've had the privilege of knowing. Enjoy your time with your family, and remember that those who know you, know you well.