Law Enforcement Officer of the Year honored

Kansas Highway Patrol members pictured are (L-R) Lt. Jason Edie, Master Trooper Doug Lehwald, Captain Joseph Witham and Major Andrew Dean are proud to join VFW Post 7285 Community Programs Chairwoman Patty Locher for recognition of Master Trooper Doug Lehwald as Post 7285 Law Enforcement of the Year.

Submitted by Patty Locher

Sabetha VFW Memorial

Post 7285

Prior to the Post meeting on Tuesday evening, Dec. 12, Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honored Post 7285’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Master Trooper Doug Lehwald. In addition to his wife Heather, his commander and three fellow Troopers attended the recognition ceremony.

Lehwald’s nomination citation for the J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Award/Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, which was forwarded to VFW Department of Kansas First District, reads:

“Doug Lehwald, Master Trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol, Troop B Headquarters, 3501 NW U.S. Highway 24, Topeka, KS 66618. Master Trooper Doug Lehwald has been employed with the Kansas Highway Patrol since July 2007. His career in law enforcement began in 1993 for the City of Sabetha where he served as a patrol officer and then as the Assistant Chief.

“In 1997, Doug went to the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy and in 1998 took on the duties of Police Service Dog handler. Doug served as Undersheriff and Sergeant during his time at the Sheriff’s Office before pursuing his career with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

“After completing the 22-week training academy for the Kansas Highway Patrol in 2007, Doug was assigned to Troop B, first in Jackson County, and then in 2016 transferring to Nemaha County, where he is currently assigned. In addition to field duties, Doug is the Firearms Rangemaster for the Troop B area.

“During his time with the KHP, Doug has had numerous duties and responsibilities including Field Training Officer, K-9 Handler with the Police Service Dog Unit, and a member of the Special Response Team. Doug’s passion for law enforcement and serving his community has led him to be very active in criminal and traffic enforcement and investigations over his many years of service.

“Among his numerous achievements, the following are exceptionally noteworthy: AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS: Certificate of Recognition for Meritorious Service to the Citizens of Kansas (KHP); Certificate of Appreciation for significant contributions to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas – HIDTA; Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Gold Award; Northwest Missouri Law Enforcement Valor Award; John H. Cover Life Saving Medal (Taser International); Two Commander’s Commendations (KHP).”

As his wife Heather Lehwald, left, proudly looks on, Patty Locher, right, Post 7285 Community Awards Chairwoman, presents Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper Doug Lehwald, center, with a VFW certificate that reads: “Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Certificate of Appreciation awarded to Master Trooper Doug Lehwald, Kansas Highway Patrol, Nemaha County, Kansas, in grateful recognition of unyielding adherence to the highest ideals of law enforcement in maintaining, preserving and protecting the lawful rights of all citizens.”

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Patty Locher is a contributing writer for The Sabetha Herald, specializing in military features. She lives in rural Sabetha with her husband and many pets. They have two grown children.

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