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.

Special Agent Michael Arel

Homeland Security

September, 2016
I am a North Dakota native, and a graduate of the University of North Dakota in 1996. I started my career in federal law enforcement in 1997 with the United States Secret Service. I spend almost four years with the USSS in both Washington D.C. and Las Vegas, NV. In 2001 I transferred from the USSS to the U.S. Customs Service (which would later become the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI). I have been in the HSI office in Grand Forks since 2001, investigating a wide range of criminal activity, including child exploitation, financial crimes, narcotics smuggling, immigration violations, and the exportation of sensitive technology. In recent years, the focus of most of my investigations has been in the area of child exploitation, working as a member of the North Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. I am married and have 3 wonderful children, ages 17, 16, and 12.

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.

Detective Jason Skalicky

Fargo Police Department

September, 2016
I have been employed at the Fargo Police Department for almost 14 years. I served as a Patrol Officer from February 2003 till January 2011. I was then selected to the Criminal Investigations Unit where I served as a Property Crimes Detective, a Financial Crimes Detective and for the past 2 years have investigated Crimes against Children. I have worked several high profile cases to include robberies as well as violent assaults against adults and children. I find working crimes against children very challenging but very rewarding.

Detective Sergeant Leroy Gross

Jamestown Police Department

August, 2016
Detective Sergeant Leroy Gross has been with the Jamestown Police Department since October of 1989. Det. Gross worked uniformed patrol from 1989 to 1994 when he was appointed to the Stutsman County Narcotics Task Force. In 1998 he was transferred to the Detective Division of the Jamestown Police Department. He rose through the ranks and is our second most experienced active detective. Detective Gross has specialized training in fraud and financial crimes, dangerous drugs, fire investigation, SWAT, computer crimes and crimes against children, crimes against the elderly, and human trafficking. He has a passion for, and dedicates time to teaching citizens how to detect and prevent being the victim of scams. Recently Det. Gross worked a case that started as a simple warrant arrest. That arrest lead him to question a relationship between the suspect and her boyfriend. After winning the trust of the warrant suspect and some further investigation, it turned out this was a human trafficking case. Ultimately the warrant was cleared. However, instead of taking the warrant suspect to jail, Det. Gross was able to separate the suspect-turned-victim, from her a human trafficking situation.

Investigator Kathy Nguyen

Becker County Sheriff's Office

August, 2016
Investigator Kathy Nguyen is a 20 year veteran of the Becker County Sheriff’s Office. She started her career as a Corrections Officer at the Becker County Jail in 1996. After nearly 3 years working in the jail, in 1999, Nguyen was hired as a Deputy Sheriff. Along with being a Patrol Deputy, she served as the department’s Crime Prevention Officer and Use of Force Instructor. In 2004, Nguyen was promoted to Investigator and has worked many high profile cases over the years. Investigator Nguyen has a passion for working with children and Senior Citizens and has recently become involved with the county’s TRIAD program (partnership of Law Enforcement, Senior Citizens, and community groups) as a coordinator. She continues to be involved with Crime Prevention projects including being active with the Sheriff’s Office information booth each year at the Becker County Fair. As described by a Sergeant, “She has an "I can" and "I will" attitude. Kathy handles each call with professionalism and dignity no matter how small or big the call is.” Investigator Nguyen is dedicated to serving the citizens of Becker County and we are happy to show our appreciation for her hard work.

Officer Craig Cory

Wahpeton Police Department

June, 2016
Officer Craig Cory, who currently serves as the Wahpeton Police Department’s representative on the Southeast Multi-County Agency (SEMCA), is in his 12th year of service with the Wahpeton Police Department. Prior to coming to Wahpeton, Officer Cory also served as an officer for the Bowman, ND Police Department for two years. Since joining the Wahpeton Police Department, Officer Corey has received specialized training and has served as a Field Training Officer (FTO), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), is a Certified Police Instructor and is also a member of the Southern Valley Special Response Team (SRT) and the Richland County Water Rescue Team. Officer Cory is being recognized for his performance during an incident on May 6th of this year during which he, as part of the Richland County Water Rescue Team, responded to a report of a missing male subject in the Red River adjacent to Chahinkapa Park in Wahpeton. While serving as a Rescue Diver, Officer Cory conducted an extensive “touch-only” search for the missing victim in the cold, swift, zero-visibility water and was eventually able to locate the victim and bring him to the surface for retrieval by other emergency personnel. Althou8gh the victim could not be resuscitated in this incident, Officer Cory’s effort to affect his speedy recovery is praiseworthy for a variety of reasons, most particularly because of the generally overlooked difficulty and danger involved with a search conducted by a diver in the type of river conditions existing at the time of this incident.

Officer Scott Steer

Hawley Police Department

May, 2016
Officer Steer started his career in Law Enforcement in 1996. Officer Steer worked for Hawley Police Department in 2004 and rejoined the Department in 2009. Officer Steer has served the department as Interim Chief of Police on two occasions and has trained and helped two Police Chiefs become acquainted with Hawley and the Department. Officer Steer has shown a very strong commitment to the City of Hawley and its Police Department. Officer Steer is the Department’s Senior Officer and is a Training Officer. Officer Steer has received the Department’s Medal of Honor and the Department’s Life Saving Award. Officer Steer also received the Clay County Sheriff’s Department’s Commendable Service Award in 2012 for his actions at an accident south of Hawley where a vehicle went off the road and broke through ice trapping a passenger inside the submerged vehicle. Officer Steer entered the water in freezing weather and was able to get the passenger out of the vehicle and up to shore where others began CPR.

Trooper/Canine Handler Tyler Iverson and Lara

MN State Patrol

April, 2016
Trooper Iverson started his law enforcement career in with the Minnesota State Patrol in 2013 and was stationed in the Thief River Falls District. In the fall of 2014, Trooper Iverson transferred to the Detroit Lakes District, with his primary station being the Moorhead area. Since his appointment as a State Patrol Trooper he has taken on extra job duties to be included with his primary duty of a road trooper. Trooper Iverson has been a field training officer, an accident reconstruction specialist, and most recently a canine handler. Since being partnered with his canine Lara in the spring of 2015, Trooper Iverson has made some significant drug related arrests and drug related property and cash forfeitures. Recently Trooper Iverson and his canine partner received two awards. A Minnesota State Patrol Chief’s Commendation Award for his efforts during 2015 in the areas of traffic enforcement and drug intervention. He also received the United States Police Canine Association 4th Quarter 2015 National Detector Case for a traffic stop that resulted in a large amount of methamphetamine being seized. Trooper Iverson exhibits the Minnesota State Patrols Core Values of Respect, Integrity, Courage, Honor, and Excellence and tirelessly carries out the agency mission each and every day.

Officer Jason Moszer

Fargo Police Department

March, 2016
Luther Family Ford salutes fallen Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer. End of Watch: Thursday, February 11, 2016. Jason David Moszer, 33, of Sabin, Minnesota, died Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Sanford Health following injuries suffered in the line of duty. He was born September 27, 1982, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Dave and Karen Moszer. Growing up in south Fargo, he attended and graduated from Fargo South High School in 2001. He served with the Minnesota Army National Guard as a combat medic for eight years until he was honorably discharged. He deployed to Bosnia from July 2003 to March 2004 and to Iraq from March 2006 to June 2007. In 2009, Jason graduated from North Dakota State University with a criminal justice degree and later attended Lake Region Law Enforcement Academy that year. He started with the Fargo Police Department in November 2009, where he protected, served, and gave the ultimate sacrifice. On June 15, 2013, he married Rachel, and became a wonderful step-father to Dillan and Jolee. Later that year they built their dream home in Sabin, Minnesota. Jason and Rachel were inseparable, and even shared the same birthday. Jason loved life and loved the time he got to spend with his friends and family. He enjoyed camping, motorcycling, cooking, shooting, hosting parties (sweatpants required), and just loving life. He always had a smile on his face and was never afraid to try something crazy. He also took great pleasure in the time he spent with his brothers in the Gunslingers Motorcycle Club. He is survived by his wife Rachel, step-children Dillan and Jolee, and Yorkshire Terrier, Scooter; parents Dave and Karen Moszer, Fargo; brother, Brian (Amy) Moszer, Sabin, sister Michelle Moszer, Fargo; grandparents Victor Moszer, Fargo, Margaret Kingren, Moorhead; father and mother-in-law, Mike (Deb) Beckett, Barnesville; sisters-in-law, Bobbi (Chris) Siegel, Morris; Aimee (Sean) Williams, St. Peter; nieces Ally Moszer, Karli Siegel, Madelyn Siegel, Lydia Williams, and Haylee Williams; nephews, Levi Moszer and Connor Siegel; and all of his brothers and sisters in blue. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gladys Moszer and Floyd Kingren, uncles, Dan Moszer and Richard Moszer, and cousin Brad Fettig. Jason’s wife would like to sincerely thank the communities of Fargo-Moorhead and Sabin for their outpouring of support during this difficult time. Also the physicians and nurses at Sanford Health for their compassionate care in making those last moments with Jason special. Thank you to LifeSource for assisting Jason to give in death as he gave in life through organ and tissue donation. "He came to work every day with a smile and loved working on the street," Chief David Todd told North Dakota's Valley News Live. "Law enforcement is a tight community. We're a brotherhood and a sisterhood, so it's like losing a brother. That's how it feels." Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney, “A chunk of our souls was taken today." Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said, “A tragedy affecting our men and women in uniform impacts our entire community. Today reminds us of the risks encountered daily by those proudly serving in uniform.” Luther Family Ford and Flag Family Media send their deepest condolences to Officer Moszer's family, friends, and the entire law enforcement community.

Detective Mark Voigtschild

Fargo Police Department

February, 2016
Detective Voigtschild has been with the Fargo Police Department for over 12 years serving as a detective for the last 7 ½ years. He has been involved in countless high profile cases and has been the lead detective for many of them. Det. Voigtschild oversees our Crimes Scene Investigations (CSI) program by maintaining his own skills and by providing training and education to his peers and our street level CSI’s. Det. Voigtschild has been a detective in every area within investigations to include financial crimes, personal crimes, property crimes, and our Sex Offender Registration Compliance Oversight Program (SORCOP). Det. Voigtschild currently oversees the registration compliance of approximately 275 registered offenders in Fargo. Det. Voigtschild was the lead investigator on several high profile cases in 2015. The one that stands out is his work on the Taco Johns armed robbery. This was a very complicated case which took a tremendous amount of work by many members of the investigations team to resolve. Mark worked countless hours to make sure the case progressed smoothly through the justice system. He worked extensively with our federal partners to help insure the best possible outcome for the victims. This is just one of many examples of the time and effort Det. Voigtschild puts into all of his cases. The residents of Fargo should be extremely grateful they have a detective with this skill and dedication.

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