Huber named 2018 Deadwood Police Officer of the Year
DEADWOOD — Jason Huber was named Deadwood Police Department Officer of the Year for 2018, the honor bestowed upon him at the city commission meeting Tuesday.
“The officer of the year award is a very special award because it is voted on by all the other officers,” said Police Chief Kelly Fuller. “It goes to the officer who has worked hard throughout the year to distinguish themselves, has gone above and beyond in the line of duty and service to the community. It exemplifies leadership, teamwork, professionalism and integrity. And this year’s winner, even though he’s been with us for only 10 months, has been a positive asset for the community and the police department.
“At this point, we might even let him off probation,” Fuller joked. “Please join me in congratulating Jason Huber.”
Huber said he felt “completely honored,” and that his service with the Deadwood Police Department has been his “funnest job” yet, pointing to the probable reason why.
“It comes from the top down, from the chief to all the officers I work with and it’s why I enjoy working in the community of Deadwood,” Huber said. “It’s the most fun I’ve had in my entire career.”
Huber has been in law enforcement for five years and in that time, earned Officer of the Year honors twice before while serving with the Belle Fourche Police Department.
“So this is actually my third time,” Huber said.
He began his career with the reserve program in Sturgis in January 2014 and was hired full-time with the Belle Fourche Police Department later that year, joining the Deadwood Police Department in April 2018.
“Support from the chief, having a chief who allows me to be and work as the officer I am, as well as the support of everyone I work with makes each day fun,” Huber said. “It’s the support through and through from everybody. It is my honor to be in Deadwood, and I hope to continue to be honored by the community and people I work with.”
Huber has also received the Life Saving Award two times.
“Once in Belle Fourche and once here,” he added.
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