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Dakota County chiefs honor their own, including a Hastings chaplain

The Dakota County Chiefs of Police Association will honor individuals in law enforcement in a special ceremony Friday, Sept. 13, at the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights.

One person being recognized will be the Rev. James Bzoskie of Hastings, who has been the chaplain at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings for more than 34 years. He will receive the "Citizens Award of Excellence" for his dedication and inspiration for the many inmates he has helped throughout the years.

"This is the third year we have presented an award to members of Dakota County law enforcement," said Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, president of the association. "The actions being recognized reflect just a portion of the great work being done on a daily basis throughout Dakota County communities."

The awards committees of the Association accepted nominations and members voted to celebrate the accomplishments of this year award winners.

Other winners are 'Award of Honor:"

Officer Chris Wegner and Joseph Boche of Inver Grove Heights Police, Officer Tomas Bricks of West St. Paul, and Officer Bobby Lambert of Mendota Heights Police for responding to a suicidal man in Inver Grove Heights Jan. 30, 2012.

Officers Joe Robertson and Officer Eric Bohrer of Inver Grove Heights Police for risking their personal safety and maintaining their cool when being fired upon as they responded to a "shots fired" call from a citizen March 18, 2012, in Inver Grove Heights.

Officer Tanner Spicer of Mendota Heights Police for demonstrating compassion, calmness and an ability to relate to a suicidal man through a six-hour standoff on the 35E bridge over the Minnesota River Oct. 16, 2012.

Officer Edward Abrahamson of South St. Paul Police for risking his personal safety entering a burning building to save the "troubled female" who started the fire in South St. Paul Dec. 30, 2012.

The "Exceptional Officer Award" to Officer Brad Lidtke of Burnsville Police who demonstrated persistence and commitment in continuing to investigate a missing 62-year-old man Nov. 27, 2012 in Burnsville.

The "Citizens Award of Excellence" will also be presented to Reserve Officer Chuck Parrish of Rosemount Police for donating more than 1,600 hours of community service.