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Several Weld County dignitaries were on hand in Kersey recently as the Platte Valley Fire Protection District broke ground on a new fire station.

Construction is set to begin on the project in May and is scheduled for completion in December. When the building is complete, it will mark the culmination of a long planning process, according to a Platte Valley Fire Protection District news release.

The district put together a Design Committee consisting of board members, community members and firefighters in 2006 and began with conceptual drawings created by architect Mark Ruckoldt with Short Elliott and Henderickson, Inc., according to the release.

In November 2010, a mill levy increase passed and part of those proceeds went to help pay for the new building. After a lengthy process and numerous applications the design committee selected Golden Triangle Construction of Longmont as the general contractor, the release stated.

The event included representatives from Rep. Cory Gardner’s office, the Board of Weld County Commissioners, the town of Kersey and the Platte Valley Fire Protection District. About 70 people attended.

Members of the Youth Allocations Committee at United Way of Weld County recently awarded grants of more than $17,000 to thirteen nonprofit agencies at a reception, which honored the youth and the nonprofit agencies.

The reception was held at the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

For the past several months the committee has met to make decisions about how to distribute money raised in Weld County schools through a variety of fundraisers.

United Way Board member Mike Trotter and Winograd K-8 Principal Holly Bressler facilitate the Youth Allocation Committee, which is made of 18 students, who represent eight Weld high schools:

»Eaton High School: McKyler Korth, Niklaus Krause

»Greeley Central: Alyson Foust, Andrea Keiser

»Greeley West: Charlie Trotter, Katie Lyons, Logan Bohlender

»Northridge: Savannah Womer, Tanisha Gutierrez

»Platte Valley: Carissa Olson, McKenzie Hatch

»University High School: Ryan Barber, Andres Flores

»Valley High School: Mara Camacho, Patrick Gore

»Windsor High School: Mallory Mullen, Jordan Schmerge, Abby Zimmerman

Thirteen agencies received grants: Eldergarden, $2,450; A Woman’s Place, $1,363.41; the Weld Food Bank, $3,500; Meals on Wheels, $800; Greeley Transitional House, $1,800; A Kid’s Place, $1,600; RVNA, $550; Boys & Girls Clubs, $1,500; Youth & Family Connections, $500; Envision, $1,000; North Range Behavioral Health, $700; Boy Scouts, $750; Connections for Independent Living, $800.

Greeley police officer Alden Hill has been selected as the Officer of the Year by the Greeley Police Department.

Hill, a 26-year veteran of the Greeley Police Department, is a leader among his peers and mentor to junior officers, according to a Greeley police news release. Hill was among 41 law enforcement personnel whom the Greeley police gave special recognition to during an awards ceremony Wednesday at the Monfort Concert Hall in the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave.

The Civilian Officer of the Year went to animal control officer Leslie Schmidt. In her tenure, Schmidt has become the animal control unit’s resident “hoarding” specialist. She has served as a field training officer for new animal control officers and has provided training to the sworn staff on animal control issues, the release stated.

Officers Kyle Peltz and Walker Steinhage were awarded the Meritorious Conduct Bar. The Meritorious Conduct Bar goes to officers for heroic deeds and exceptional meritorious conduct involving exemplary courage, risk and danger to his/her personal safety.

The Police Commendation Bar, which rewards outstanding contributions to law enforcement went to: Sgt. David Adams, Sgt. David Mathis, Sgt. Adam Turk, Sgt. Tom Walde, Sgt. Bill West, Sgt. Susan West, retired Sgt. Keith Olson, Investigators Craig Bollig, Robert Cash, Jason Edwards, Chris Onderlinde, Mike Prill, as well as Cathleen Ashliman, Rosemary Loper, Jonathan Lunsford, Mark Rudolph, Krista Tharp, and Deputy District Attorneys Katie Conners, Matt Maillaro and Robb Miller.

Two officers were recognized with Life Saving Awards, which goes to police employees who have saved a human life. Officer Steve Brown received the award for saving the life of a heart-attack victim during a traffic crash. Officer Erin Gooch provided life-saving efforts to a person with severe lacerations who had severed a major artery, according to the release.

The department also presented the Certificate of Merit to: Investigators Robert Cash, Jason Edwards, Andrew Gilmore, Chris Onderlinde; officers Josh Dice, Daniel Frazen, Shaun Kelly, Craig Miller, Jared Weeks; JoAnn Castle, Sam Dunkailo, Jill Forsythe, Susan Johnson, Tanya Ross, and Kathryn Sienkowski.

Original Source: Greeley Tribune 

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