The Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA) and the Colorado Brand Board presented several awards to law enforcement officers, at a banquet held during the CCA Mid-Winter Conference.

The groups present the awards annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of Colorado law officers in curbing and controlling livestock theft throughout the state.

Gary Shoun, state brand commissioner, assisted the CCA Brand and Theft Committee in selecting the award recipients. Officer Margie Martinez, Weld County Sheriff's Office, received the CCA Law Officer of the Year award.

"Her knowledge of Colorado's livestock laws has proved invaluable in assisting the Greeley Brand Office and the State Board of Stock inspection on legal matters and in bringing lawbreakers to justice," said Shoun. "Her many years of dedication and service are appreciated, not only by her fellow officers, but by the livestock producers whose interests she has helped protect."

The groups also presented Mark J. Amos with the CCA Patrolman of the Year Award. Amos serves with the Colorado State Patrol, in Yuma and Washington counties.

"In a time when many have lost their ties to the land, his experience and innate knowledge of livestock production have proven to be valuable assets on the job," said Shoun. Amos' family is active in 4-H, cattle and horse production, which has helped him understand how agriculture plays such an important part in the state's prosperity. "His caring and conscientious attitude toward livestock has been demonstrated on occasions when he removed livestock from roadways, fixed fence and ensured livestock were treated humanely," said Shoun.

For the first time, CCA and the Colorado Brand Board also recognized the law enforcement efforts of an employee of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Perry Will was presented with the Outstanding Service Award. Will serves the Grand Junction area, where he has earned the respect and admiration of local livestock producers for his willingness to go the extra mile.

"Will's efforts have gained the trust of local landowners when he helped mitigate conflicts due to game damage, aided in search and rescues of marooned cattle and worked with the sheriff's deputies on legal matters," said Shoun. Will has hosted DOW-landowner barbecues to help promote better relationships between landowners and agency personnel. "Livestock producers know they can count on Will to respond to their concerns," said Shoun.

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