Luther Family Ford Salute to Law Enforcement

Recent events have reminded us how important our friends in law enforcement are to our community. Luther Family Ford and AM 1100 The Flag WZFG are proud to recognize those officers and honor them for their service to our community. Each month, one officer from the Fargo-Moorhead area will be recognized on air on the Need to Know Morning show on WZFG. Check below for our current and previous honorees.

Trooper Jed Dahnke & K9 Casey

ND Highway Patrol

March, 2017
Trooper Dahnke is an 9 year veteran of the NDHP. He has been a K9 trooper for approximately 6 of those years, currently partnered with K9 Casey, a Belgian Malinois. Tr. Dahnke is a professional and dedicated officer, committed to making our communities safe. Together, with his partner Casey, he made over 220 criminal arrests in 2016, removing impaired drivers and the criminal element from our highways. Tr. Dahnke not only enforces the law, he also educates our citizens about the law through various community safety talks. Tr. Dahnke conducts safety talks to local Boy & Cub Scout groups, other groups that seek his expertise, is an active Alive at 25 instructor, participates in the annual Cops N Kids Christmas program, and is a youth coach for his children’s sports teams. He also teaches other law enforcement officers as a certified standardized field sobriety testing instructor. Tr. Dahnke is very active within the NDHP with assignments that include being a K9 trooper, being the assistant K9 coordinator for the NDHP, he is a drug recognition expert and serves on department committees. In 2016, Tr. Dahnke was named the NDDOT Traffic Safety Officer of the Year for his education and enforcement efforts throughout the year.

Officer Caleb Korb

Fargo Police Department

February, 2017
Officer Caleb Korb was raised in a small town in southern Minnesota. In 2013, he completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Law Enforcement, and in July of 2013, was hired by the Fargo Police Department as a Patrol Officer assigned to the Field Services Division. In 2016, he completed the ND Drug Recognition Expert program, he attended training for roadside criminal interdiction, and he was selected as a Police Training Officer for the department. Officer Korb was also selected as the 2016 Fargo Police Officer of the Year for his professionalism and accomplishments. Throughout his career with the Fargo Police Department, he has found a passion in criminal interdiction through traffic enforcement. The training and mentorship embraced through the professionalism of the Fargo Police Department has enabled him develop these skills resulting in a safer community for the citizens of Fargo through the service of all of the exceptional employees of the Fargo Police. Officer Korb truly enjoys the opportunity to wear the badge and uniform of the Fargo Police Department, and he is proud to be a part of the many great men and women who daily serve this wonderful and supportive Fargo-Moorhead community. In 2015, he married a wonderful woman, who has been supportive and the best friend he could have ever asked for. In his time away from work, he enjoys fishing, especially when the weather is nice. He also enjoys kayaking with his wife.

Officer John Lien

Moorhead Police Department

January, 2017
Officer John Lien has worked for the Moorhead Police Department for over 17 years. While working in the patrol division, Officer Lien has additionally been successful in several special assignments. Officer Lien was a Canine Handler for 10 years with two different canine partners, “Milo” and “Hickok”. Officer Lien previously served for 5 years as a Field Training Officer for new police officers and 5 years as a department Use of Force and Defensive Tactics trainer. Recently due to a high number of new recruits, he re-applied and is currently a Field Training Officer sharing his experience with these newest members of the department. Another significant contribution that Officer Lien is primarily responsible for is the newly created Moorhead Police Chaplain Program. Recognizing the need and benefits of having additional support for our officers, their families, and citizens, John began coordinating this program over 2 years ago. The Police Chaplain Program became active in October 2016 with 5 police chaplains that have made themselves available to serve in the many capacities that they have the potential to experience through the police department. We are grateful for their willingness to serve our community in this way and for Officer Lien’s dedication to improving the service provided through the Moorhead Police Department.

Officer Jeff Theraldson

Barnesville Police Department

December, 2016
Officer Jeff Tharaldson has been with the Barnesville Police Department since 2003. He is the Barnesville School Resource Officer (SRO) during the school year and is a patrol officer during the summer. Officer Tharaldson is a certified D.A.R.E. Instructor.

Officer Mark Pearson

Barnesville Police Department

December, 2016
Officer Mark Pearson has been with the Barnesville Police Department since 1999. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and is on the Barnesville Fire and Ambulance Departments. He is a firearms instructor, Taser instructor and defensive tactics instructor.

Officer Ryan Beattie

Barnesville Police Department

December, 2016
Officer Ryan Beattie has been with the Barnesville Police Department since 2009. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and is on the Barnesville Fire and Ambulance Departments.

Officer Chris Olson

Barnesville Police Department

December, 2016
Officer Chris Olson has been with the Barnesville Police Department since 1999. He is a certified Law Enforcement Security Assessment Specialist.

Officer Gary Bommersbach

West Fargo Police Department

November, 2016
Officer Gary Bommersbach started with the West Fargo Police Department in 1984 as a patrol officer. Officer Bommersbach has had many positions in the West Fargo Police Department to include Investigations, Field Training Officer, and Patrol Sergeant. Officer Bommersbach’ s current assignment is Truck Regulatory Officer, where he is continuing his long and successful career.

Deputy Lance Kitzan

Cass County Sheriff's Office

October, 2016
Deputy Lance Kitzan has served with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office since December of 2009 where he began his career as a full time Correctional Officer in the Corrections Division. In October of 2010 Deputy Kitzan completed the Field Readiness Training program and began working as a part time Patrol Deputy in the Patrol Unit of the Field Services Division and continued working as a part time Correction Officer in the Corrections Division. In September of 2011 Deputy Kitzan was selected to become a member of the Motorcycle Patrol Unit and in December of 2011 he was selected to become a member of the Airboat Rescue Unit. Deputy Kitzan was promoted for a full time position to the rank of Patrol Deputy in the Patrol Unit of the Field Services Division in January of 2012. In June of 2012 Deputy Kitzan was selected to become a member of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Deputy Kitzan was selected as a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Unit of the Field Services Division in January of 2015. In 2015 Deputy Kitzan was selected as the 2015 Deputy of the Year.

Special Agent Jesse Smith

ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September, 2016
Special Agent Jesse Smith started his career as Deputy with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office in Devils Lake, ND in 2005. During his five year tenure as a deputy, he joined the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force in 2008 and remained with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and ICAC until 2010. In 2010 SA Smith was hired by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and assigned to the Cyber Crime Unit. Since being hired by the ND BCI, he has become a certified computer forensic examiner by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists and by Access Data. He has also been certified in phone forensics by Cellebrite. He continues to be a member ICAC task force and continues his efforts to investigate these crimes.

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