When it comes to corporal Dave Siminoe of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, the scuttlebutt goes something like this.
"Dave Siminoe is not afraid to speak his mind. Dave is not afraid to get involved, and Dave is always willing to help others within this office."
Those words were taken from a letter written by sheriff Tim Jantz, undersheriff Charlene Abdella and operations chief K.C. Hume used to announce Siminoe as the Sheriff's Office 2007 Patrol Deputy of the Year.
"Dave embodies the philosophies of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office," according to the letter. "He takes his professionalism seriously, is genuinely concerned about the safety of his fellow officers and has the 'can-do' mentality when he trains other officers."
Siminoe, 39, a Craig native, joined the Sheriff's Office in 2000. He said he was "shocked" and "surprised" to win the award.
"You can't really put it into words," he said. "Tim said my name, and it caught me off guard.
"It gives you a great feeling that you think your coming to work and just doing your job : but everyone else thinks you're going above and beyond," Siminoe said.
Siminoe took on an added role last year with the Sheriff's Office - training officer.
Siminoe "is dedicated to providing the best possible training to our new recruits," according to the letter. "Dave's loyalty, professionalism and positive attitude are just a few of the reasons Dave is an outstanding officer and a valuable member of this office."
Siminoe said he enjoys his role as a training officer and strives to provide officers under his tutelage with "as much as we can give them about safety."
Before joining the Sheriff's Office, Siminoe, a 1987 Moffat County High School graduate, tried his hands at a number of trades including working in motorcycle shops, welding machine shops, coalmines and oilfields.
He said he thinks law enforcement will stick.
"I think so," he said. "I'll do it for probably 20 years.
"This is isn't one of those jobs you wake up every day and you think, 'Man, I don't want to go to work,'" he said. "You get a satisfaction out of doing the right thing, and it becomes a part of you."
Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or firstname.lastname@example.org.