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.

Jamey Jahner

North Dakota Highway Patrol

January, 2016
Trooper Jamey Jahner is a 13 year veteran of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Jamey began his career in 2003 as a traffic trooper in Velva and transferred to Fargo in 2004 as a traffic trooper, the post where he is currently assigned. Trooper Jahner is a dedicated professional, committed to making the roadways of North Dakota safe. His dedication is shown through his educational efforts in the local community and through his enforcement while working out on the highways. Trooper Jahner regularly conducts safety talks to local civic groups, schools and participates in the Cops N Kids Christmas programs throughout the area. Trooper Jahner is a leader in the enforcement of crash causation factor violations to include Driving Under the Influence, Speeding and Occupant Protection In 2014, Trooper Jahner was awarded the North Dakota Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Officer of the Year Award and the North Dakota Motor Carrier Associations Trooper of the Year award, both awards for his contributions to traffic safety. In addition, in 2014 Trooper Jahner was awarded the NDHP Legion of Honor Award for being injured in the line of duty and in 2013 he was awarded the NDHP Colonel’s Award of Excellence for disarming a suicidal motorist that had just committed arson on a residence in West Fargo.

Detective Joel Voxland

Moorhead Police Department

December, 2015
Detective Joel Voxland has been with the Moorhead Police Department for 12 years, with the last 7 years being assigned to the Investigations Division. As a detective, Joel has expanded his training and experience into computer forensics. This area of expertise continues to expand with technology enhancements along with the number of cases that have computer or technology aspects that need to be explored. Joel has continued to be active promoting safety and educating our citizens through presentations addressing computer identity theft and safety considerations in regard to social media. He is an active partner with Internet Crimes Against Children and the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center. He has recently received commendations and recognitions of exemplary work, all the while fulfilling his role on the SWAT Negotiations unit. This additional commitment further demonstrates that he sincerely cares about all the citizens that we serve.

SRO Todd Pearson

West Fargo Police Department

November, 2015
SRO Todd Pearson, who is at Cheney Middle School and SRO Jason Balvik, who is at West Fargo High School, were both selected by our administration for this award due the outstanding job they do with the students and staff within the West Fargo School District. Together SRO Pearson and SRO Balvik have given their all to help guide our students in a direction to succeed not only in school, but also in life. These two gentlemen are a very large reason as to why our SRO program is so successful. SRO Pearson and SRO Balvik are driven to do what it takes to bridge the gap between law enforcement and our youth today. As you may have seen from the YouTube video, there were over 1,500 students up and cheering these two during a dance off. To many this may not be the norm, but for these guys this is just one more step in completing a job that is so demanding yet so rewarding because of the kids that are effected every day. The WFPD is happy to have the opportunity to show our appreciation to these two SRO’s and the hard work they have done.

SRO Jason Balvik

West Fargo Police Department

November, 2015
SRO Todd Pearson, who is at Cheney Middle School and SRO Jason Balvik, who is at West Fargo High School, were both selected by our administration for this award due the outstanding job they do with the students and staff within the West Fargo School District. Together SRO Pearson and SRO Balvik have given their all to help guide our students in a direction to succeed not only in school, but also in life. These two gentlemen are a very large reason as to why our SRO program is so successful. SRO Pearson and SRO Balvik are driven to do what it takes to bridge the gap between law enforcement and our youth today. As you may have seen from the YouTube video, there were over 1,500 students up and cheering these two during a dance off. To many this may not be the norm, but for these guys this is just one more step in completing a job that is so demanding yet so rewarding because of the kids that are effected every day. The WFPD is happy to have the opportunity to show our appreciation to these two SRO’s and the hard work they have done.

Detective Steve Gabrielson

Cass County Sheriff's Office

October, 2015
Detective Steve Gabrielson, Cass County Sheriff's Office has been with the department for 37+ years. He's a member of the Child Abduction Response Team, and does a number of different types of investigations for the department. "Steve has drive and passion, and he takes those years of experience and applies them to everything he does. He's a backbone of our agency, and it was our privilege and honor to select him as our first honoree." -Sheriff Paul Laney

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