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Tim Bivins
Lee County IL
Dixon, IL

Mr. Bivins has served Sheriff of Lee County since 1986 and is Director of the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency for that County. Prior to that he was a police officer and detective with the City of Dixon for 12 years. In 1994 he was appointed by Governor Jim Edgar to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and also is a past President of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. He is a graduate of Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN, the Police Training Institute University of Illinois and the National Sheriff’s Institute F.B.I. Academy. He has served on a number of boards and commissions dedicated to improving the criminal justice system.
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Oliver "Glenn" Boyer
Jefferson County Missouri
Hillsboro, MO

A 27-year veteran of law enforcement, Mr. Boyer began his career with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He served as a patrol officer for the City of Festus, Missouri prior to his appointment as the Chief of Police of Crystal City, Missouri. In 1993 he was elected Sheriff of Jefferson County, Missouri. He has distinguished himself with many awards including Sheriff of the Year in 1996, is a graduate of the 175th Session of the FBI National Academy and is a member of various professional and community organizations. His military service includes duty in Vietnam, in the United States Army as Military Policeman and in the United States Air Force as a Military Intelligence Specialist.
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Michael D. Branham
Medal of Valor Review Board Chairman
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
Phoenix, AZ

A 25-year veteran of government, policing and public safety, Mr. Branham previously served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. Mr. Branham has also served as the Assistant City Manager and Chief of Staff for the City of Surprise in Northwestern Maricopa County and as the Police Chief and Public Safety Director for the Town of Youngtown, Arizona. Mr. Branham is a graduate of the University of Phoenix where he also received a Master of Arts in Organizational Development. He is a graduate of the 125th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
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Kenneth Chuck Canterbury
National President, The Fraternal Order of Police
Horry County Police Department
Conway, SC

A 25-year veteran of law enforcement, Mr.Canterbury began his career with the Myrtle Beach Police Department. In his current position with the Horry County Police Department, in Conway, South Carolina his responsibilities include oversight of the Operations Bureau. During his professional career he has held positions in Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions, and as a Training Division Supervisor was certified as an instructor in basic law enforcement, firearms, chemical weapons, and pursuit driving. Mr. Canterbury has been involved in The Fraternal Order of Police organization since 1984, in 1995 began serving on its National Board of Directors and in August, 2003 was elected to the office of National President. He has testified before Congress on law enforcement and Fraternal Order of Police issues.
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David E. Demag
Chief of Police
Essex, VT

Mr. Demag was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Essex, Vermont in May of 2001. His 31 years of police service include 11 years at an administrative level or above. Former law enforcement positions include Chief of Police for St. Albans,VT and Commander of the Burlington, VT Police Departments. He is a graduate of Trinity College and of the 108th session of the FBI National Academy.
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Richard "Smokey" Dyer
Fire Chief
Kansas City, MO

A fire fighter for 33 years, Mr. Dyer has served with five Missouri Fire Departments. His prior positions include Chief Deputy Fire Marshal for the State of Missouri and Assistant Professor of Fire Science at Central Missouri State University. He is a past president and member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and currently serves on a joint task force of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia and earned a Masters degree in Public Service Administration from Central Missouri State University.
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Edward M. Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York
New York, NY

Cardinal Egan, consecrated a bishop on May 22, 1985, has served as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar for Education of the Archdiocese of New York. He was the Third Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport and worked with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in various capacities. On May 11, 2000 he was appointed Archbishop of New York and was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II on January 21, 2001. He was awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He has participated in numerous ecumenical undertakings and held various teaching positions. He has received honorary doctorates from Saint John’s University in New York, Thomas More College in New Hampshire, and Western Connecticut State University.
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Richard B. Gasaway
Roseville, MN Fire Department
Roseville, MN

Currently the Fire Chief for the City of Roseville, MN, Mr. Gasaway has dedicated 24 years to fire service. He has spent 20 years as an instructor for the volunteer fire community. Mr. Gasaway is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He received his B.S. from West Virginia University and M.B.A.from the University of Dayton.
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Jimmy R. Houston, Sr.
Chief of Police
Ridgeland Police Department
Ridgeland, MS

Before accepting his current position as Ridgeland’s Chief of Police, Mr. Houston served as Chief of the Flowood Police Department, and as Director of the State of Mississippi Department of Public Safety Office on Law Enforcement, Emergency Telecommunications, and Detention Officer Standards and Training. He began his career with the Jackson Police Department in 1973 where he advanced to the rank of Deputy Chief of Patrol Operations. He is a graduate of Jackson State University, received a Master’s degree from University of Alabama and has completed various professional training programs.
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William J. Nolan
Deputy Chief
Cook County Sheriff’s Department
Chicago, IL

A Chicago police officer since 1959, Mr. Nolan is currently the Deputy Chief, Court Services of Cook County Sheriff’s Department. He is the elected president of Chicago Lodge 7, the largest Lodge in the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and has served on numerous committees for the FOP Lodges on the national, state and local levels dealing with Labor and Finances. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Mr. Nolan has also lectured at Loyola, Northwestern and Harvard Universities.
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Thomas J. Scotto
New York City Police Department
New York, NY

A member of the New York Police Department (NYPD) since 1965, Mr. Scotto has, since 1986, served as the President of the Detectives' Endowment Association, Inc., the union of NYPD detectives. He is also President of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) representing over 220,000 law enforcement officers and over 4,000 police associations and holds various positons with local and state boards, conferences and commissions. Mr. Scotto is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology. He completed the Trade Union program at Harvard University, the Labor 2000 Leadership Program at Cornell University and other advanced studies.
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Steve Young (Deceased - January 9, 2003)
Marion City Police Department
Marion, OH

A 26-year veteran with the Marion City Police Department, Mr. Young also served as the President of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. Among his achievements were the Critical Incident Response Service program which he initiated in Ohio and appointments to strategic committees and advisory positions. He was a graduate of the 185th Session of the FBI National Academy and studied at Bowling Green State University and the University of Virginia.
(Induction Into Labor Hall of Fame - AG Ashcroft's Message)

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