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Elks Lodge #330 Recognizes Law Enforcement and Firefighter Personnel
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The Elks Lodge #330 Law Enforcement and Firefighter Awards

Every year in March, the Prescott Elks Lodge #330 honors law enforcement officers and firefighters who have been chosen by their departments for the exceptional jobs that they do. This year, as always, the Elks honored an extraordinary group of first responders who go to work every day to protect us, our families, friends and property. On March 5, 2019, the following firefighters and law enforcement officers received their awards from the Prescott Elks.

Central Arizona Firefighter: Doug Copenhaver

Firefighter Copenhaver is a ten year veteran Firefighter and Paramedic with Central Arizona Fire and Medical. He always displays outstanding customer service. Doug is a founding member of the Central Arizona Pipes and Drums and acts as a Pipe Major for the band. Doug also organized the Chaplin Program for his Department. Firefighter Doug Copenhaver is a dedicated member of Central Arizona Fire and is their Firefighter of the year.

Prescott Fire Department: Fire Captain Kevin Keith

Fire Captain Keith is noted for being an exceptional leader on his department. Kevin is recognized throughout Arizona for his skills in technical rescues. He is the sole instructor outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area that can certify individuals for high risk/low frequency emergency events. Kevin often serves as an Acting Battalion Chief. He is a teacher and instructed many members of the department how to be better firefighters, fire engineers and fire captains.

Prescott Valley Police Department: Officer Tyler Brown

Officer Tyler Brown has served on the Prescott Valley Police Department since 2014. He is the only School Resource Officer working for the Humboldt Unified School District which has 5,814 students. Tyler is praised by school administrators for his outstanding ability to build relationships with students and teachers. He has continued the Explorer program at Bradshaw Mountain High School. During the last year, Officer Brown made a total of 115 arrests including 20 for drugs and 13 for alcohol violations. He completed 245 reports, 143 traffic citations and/or warnings and investigated four traffic accidents. He has been nominated twice for the Community Based Policing Officer of the Year award.

Prescott Police Department: Lead Police Officer David Fuller

Since Lead Police Officer David Fuller began his career at the Prescott Police Department in 1989, he has worked as a police officer, field training officer, a lead police officer, school resource officer, SWAT operator and training and recruit specialist. This last year, he developed a large social media following on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and similar sites. These mediums help Prescott PD connect to the community to keep them engaged and informed. Officer Fuller was instrumental in creating The Pink Patch Project that helped to raise over $8,000 for Yavapai Regional Medical Center breast care center and two families of the Prescott Police Department who are battling that disease.

Arizona Department of Public Safety: Trooper Randi Wybron

Trooper Randi Wybron joined the Department in 2014 and is assigned to District 12 Square Four along the Interstate 17 corridor. She has taken additional responsibilities as Acting Supervisor, General Instructor, Field Training Instructor, Child Safety Seat Installation Technician, and District 12 Public information Officer. Trooper Wybron has also been trained in dealing with people suffering from mental illness. Last year, she made 1,003 violator stops, 16 arrests including 4 DUI arrests, 11 drug related arrests and gave out 333 hazardous citations, 23 seat belt citations, 11child restraint citations. Trooper Wybron assisted 221 motorist and 24 thirty day vehicle impounds. In addition, she investigated 50 collisions, including 2 fatalities.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office: Deputy Sheriff Blake Lanoue

Deputy Blake Lanoue started with the Yavapai County Sheriff's in 2014. He is a full time Field Training Officer. He is a member of the Serious Collison and Incident Command Teams. He is the only deputy for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office who is a Certified Analysis for Airbag control Modules He has utilized this skill not only for YCSO collisions, but for other agencies as well. He has earned the respect of his supervisors, fellow officers and the citizens he serves.

We who live in Yavapai County are so fortunate to have such a high quality of first responders who provide us with the protection and services.

 

 

Buz Williams, Opinion Columnist

Richard F. "Buz" Williams was born into a police family.  His father, both grandfathers, a great uncle and a cousin were all on the Los Angeles Police Department and he also had an uncle on the Hawthorne, California Police Department.  Buz served for 29 years on the Long Beach, California Police Department were he worked Patrol, Juvenile, Vice, Auto Theft and Gangs.  He retired in December of 2002.  Buz has been married to his wife Judi for 44 years.  They have two grown sons who live in Southern California with their families, which include two daughter-in-laws, three grandsons and a granddaughter.  Buz and Judi have lived in Prescott since 2004.

The opinions expressed in Buz's columns are expressly his own, and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of this publication.

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