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Fort Collins Officers to Receive “True Blue Award”

Released on Monday, July 29, 2019
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On Thursday, August 1, 2019 four Fort Collins Police Officers will be honored with the Bill Daniels True Blue Award. This award is presented by the Daniels Fund to deserving officers in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who go above and beyond their duties to help their communities.

The True Blue Award ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Fort Collins Police Community Room. Members of the community and media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The following officers will receive commendations for their work assisting scam victims:

On May 4, 2018, Officer Rob Knab sent an email to Fort Collins Police Services employees describing a heartbreaking situation. A mother and her young daughter had recently decided to adopt a puppy. In order to afford the puppy from the person selling it, the daughter sold some of her valuable property including high-dollar electronics. Unfortunately, the whole thing turned out to be a scam. Not only was the money they pawned the items for stolen, but the young girl also did not get the puppy she was so excited about. Officer Knab reached out to the Agency and other City employees for donations to replace the lost property. As stated by a colleague, “Rob’s willingness to go further than is necessary for the sake of the citizens he was helping is exemplary of the values we strive for as an Agency. His willingness to reach out with a big ask to a group represents the way we strive to help our residents, even when it seems like there isn’t anything to do.”

On June 2, 2018, Officers Scott Maher and Kelsey Skaar responded to a reported trespass at a Fort Collins home. The resident of this address was in the process of moving out. She returned to the address later to find that her property had been moved from the home and it appeared that someone else had moved in. Officer Maher and Officer Skaar contacted the family who had moved in and learned that they had rented the home after finding it listed on a home rental website. The family had been communicating with someone, who they believed was the landlord, and sent over $2,000 to this individual, believing they were making initial payments to rent the home. Unfortunately, they had been scammed. Now the family, who included two children and several pets, were without a home. At this time, it became obvious to Kelsey and Scott that this family’s monetary loss was very significant. The only items they owned were air mattresses for beds and a small card table that served as a dining table. Officer Maher began working with victim services to get the family a hotel for the night. After this, he and Officer Skaar teamed up with Officer Brian Werder and created a GoFundMe page to raise money with the hope of replacing what the family lost and help them get back on their feet. Through the officers' efforts, they were able to raise over $5,000 for the family. In the words of a fellow employee, “Officers Skaar, Maher and Werder acted with compassion and selflessness to go above and beyond for a family in desperation. They embody the traits and values of true humanitarians.”

“Fraudulent schemes can cause a significant financial impact and long-lasting emotional distress for victims,” said Fort Collins Police Chief Jeff Swoboda. “I’m extremely proud of these officers who took the personal initiative to provide exceptional, compassionate service to assist victims in our community. It’s clear to me that Fort Collins cops genuinely care about the people they serve.”

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.