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.

Officer Travis MacLeod

West Fargo Police Department

June, 2017
Officer Macleod grew up in Moorhead, MN where he graduated from Moorhead High School in 2003. After High School he attended Moorhead State University, where he played football for a year. He then attended Alexandria Technical College for 2 years, where he graduated from their skills course and with his A.S. in Law Enforcement. He went on to graduate from Ashford University and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree. Prior to being hired by West Fargo as a patrol officer, in June 2016, he worked various law enforcement jobs for 11 years to include: a patrol officer for the cities of Rolla and Pelican Rapids, a deputy for Rolette and Wright counties, and Highway Patrol for Wyoming. In addition, he served on various SWAT Teams. When not working he enjoys lifting weights, running, hunting and fishing. He is married with 2 children.

Detective Joe Gress

Cass County Sheriff's Office

May, 2017
Detective Joe Gress was born and raised in North Fargo. In 1998, Detective Gress graduated from North High School and later attended NDSU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science undergrad and a Master of Science graduate degree. In the summer of 2004, Detective Gress attended and graduated from the Lake Region State College Police Officer Training Program. In September of 2004, Detective Gress began working as an investigator with the Valley City/Barnes County Drug Task Force. In 2006, Detective Gress began his career with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Gress has worked in many different roles as a deputy to include a correctional officer, patrol deputy and most recently an investigator. In 2016 Detective Gress was selected as the Deputy of the Year.

Sergeant Matthew Anderson

Wahpeton Police Department

April, 2017
Sergeant Matthew Anderson, currently in his 14th year of general service and 8th year as a Patrol Sergeant with the Wahpeton Police Department, is a native of Braham, MN. Sergeant Anderson graduated from Minnesota State University- Moorhead and the University of North Dakota Lake Region Law Enforcement Academy before beginning his law enforcement career with the Hillsboro Police Department. Since joining the Wahpeton Police Department, Sergeant Anderson has received considerable specialized training and is a certified Police Instructor, is Commander of the multi-agency Southern Valley Special Response Team (SRT) and manages the department’s DUI, Occupant Protection and Underage Drinking Enhanced Enforcement efforts and other grant activities. In addition, Matthew volunteers with the Watch Dogs (Dads of Great Students) mentoring program at Wahpeton Elementary School and serves on the Property Board of Bethel Lutheran Church. Sergeant Anderson is being recognized for the strong work ethic that he has consistently displayed since day one with the Wahpeton Police Department and for his exceptional job performance over the course of the past year, during which he stepped up to meet a variety of professional challenges with unwavering competence. During the last year, Matthew was greatly involved in the choosing of a new location for the police department, was largely responsible for determining the remodel and furnishing requirements for the new facility and then organized and supervised the actual move into the new facility. During this same time, Matthew took on additional supervisory responsibilities while I, Chief Thorsteinson, was presented with a series of health challenges that restricted my own ability to run the department’s daily operation. Matthew met all of these challenges in an exemplary fashion and did so without complaint, traits which seem to be less common with very passing day.

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.


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