Sheriff Joe Morales receives law enforcement award |

Sheriff Joe Morales receives law enforcement award

SUMMIT COUNTY – Members of the Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club presented Sheriff Joe Morales with its Jason Manspeaker Memorial Optimist Law Enforcement Award during a Wednesday ceremony.

The award is named in memory of Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jason Manspeaker, who was killed in an automobile accident Jan. 23, 2001, in the line of duty.

Morales was nominated for the award by Frisco attorney Cass Dombrowski, who cited the Sheriff’s Office role in helping solve the Sharon Garrison murder case as well as Morales’ support of local children. (The award is tied, in part, to advancement of Summit County youth.)

In her nomination letter, Dombrowski said Morales “has fought for funds to be made available to school resource officers” who, she wrote, “helped build a bridge to the students … and impressed upon them the dangers of drug and alcohol use.”

Dombrowski also praised Morales for his work with the Kid Print program, scholarship award committees, the development of a Scout Explorer’s post and for his involvement with kids’ rocketry programs.

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