Hayden Hayden Police Department Officer Ed Corriveau learned last week that he would be awarded by the Transportation Security Administration for his work at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Corriveau said he was shocked and humbled.
“It was unexpected,” he said.
Those who know him disagree.
In addition to his responsibilities patrolling Hayden, Corriveau serves as the law enforcement officer coordinator for the airport. In that capacity, he oversees 22 law enforcement officers from the Hayden, Craig and Steamboat Springs police departments as well as the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.
“I know how hard that he has worked in that position,” Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said last week. “For him to be recognized for (four) years of hard work is outstanding. It is such an important issue — law enforcement, force protection, security issues at the airport.”
Corriveau was chosen from a group of nominees representing nine airports on the Western Slope to receive the TSA Honorary Law Enforcement Officer Award for Western Colorado. He will be honored in a ceremony Wednesday at Grand Junction Regional Airport.
“This is in recognition of his dedication to not only protect and serve the town of Hayden, but also for his assistance to TSA at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport,” TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon wrote in an e-mail.
Corriveau, 34, son of a three-term Moffat County sheriff, was born and raised in Craig. He worked various jobs at the airport as a high school student. Corriveau, who said he always wanted to be a police officer, also had an interest in aviation law enforcement.
After joining the Hayden Police Department in 2000, Corriveau said he jumped at the opportunity to work at the airport in August 2006 when heightened levels of security required an officer to be at the airport during passenger screenings.
In December 2006, he started staffing off-duty officers from other agencies to help Hayden with airport security.
In addition to scheduling — Corriveau’s biggest challenge — he’s also responsible for some of the training in federal rules and regulations that is required for officers to work at the airport.
He also works closely with Security Coordinator Storm Fallon, a part-time Hayden police officer, and Public Safety Director Tyler Whitmore. Fallon described Corriveau as dedicated. Whitmore said he’s passionate about his job.
Whitmore, who handles issues relating to public safety, security, fire and medical, called Corriveau his “second set of eyes and ears.”
“He helps us do our jobs,” Whitmore said. “It makes our jobs easier.”
Corriveau said without that working relationship and the support of Airport Manager Dave Ruppel, TSA Manager Ann Doolin, Birch and the Hayden Town Council, providing law enforcement at the airport wouldn’t be possible.
“We couldn’t do this without help from everyone,” he said. “Everyone comes together to make this work.”
Hayden Mayor Lorraine Johnson said she and some other Town Council members plan to attend the award ceremony in Grand Junction. Johnson said Corriveau’s award was well deserved.
“Eddie seems to be an intricate part of the airport in keeping TSA and security running and working together,” she said. “He seems to have a big part in that.”