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Somerset County deputy sheriff to be honored by Elks

Posted May 20, 2013, at 7:12 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN – The Maine Elks Association in conjunction with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday (May 17) that Deputy Joseph A. Jackson has been nominated by the Maine Elks Association for the prestigious Grand Lodge of Elks Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Award.

This award has been established by the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who have made a significant contribution in the field of drug prevention and who personify Camarena’s belief that “One person can make a difference.”

Jackson will be formally recognized by the Maine Elks Association at a ceremony at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in East Madison on Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m.

The Somerset County law enforcement officer was nominated for this award by Jessica Lynn Hebert, the Drug Awareness Committee chairperson of the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge.

Somerset County Sheriff Barry Delong said he was pleased that the Elks recognized the hard work and dedication displayed by Jackson, who has been with the department since 2001.

“Like all the other deputies, he is out there every day making a positive difference in the lives of all of the citizens of Somerset County,” Delong said. “Drug prevention and awareness education are integral parts of every law enforcement agency’s effort to provide a safe environment for our youth to learn and grow up to be responsible citizens. I congratulate Deputy Jackson on his attention to duty in this area.”

J. Andrew Bolz, Chairman of the Maine Elks Association’s Drug Awareness Program said he was impressed when he reviewed the Jackson’s nomination. “We had some excellent nominees this past year; however, Deputy Jackson’s work ethic and dedication to the youth in Somerset County tipped the scales as far as I was concerned,” Bolz said.

Ron Voisine, exalted ruler or president of the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge, agreed. “We are very proud of the deputies and staff that make up the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department,” Voisine said. “It was a privilege for our lodge to have the opportunity to sponsor such a dedicated officer for this national recognition. Deputy Jackson deserves the support and gratitude of everyone in Somerset County.”

Last year’s Maine nominee, Lt. Thomas Reagan of the Bangor Police Department, also won the national “Kiki” Carmarena award.

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