Police Officer Honored for commitment to reducing drug abuse

Police Officer Honored for commitment to reducing drug abuse

Estherville, Iowa, Police Officer Honored for Commitment to Drug Abuse Prevention

(STL.News) An Estherville, Iowa, police officer is being honored by the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for his commitment to reducing drug abuse.  The recipient of the Enrique S. Camarena Award is Captain Nathaniel Dunlavy of the Estherville Police Department.

The award is named after Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was an 11-year veteran agent of the DEA before being kidnapped, brutally tortured, and then murdered in Mexico in 1985 while working undercover gathering information and evidence about drug lords.  This award is presented each year to local law enforcement officers who best exemplify the qualities and principles for which Agent Camarena gave his life—specifically, making their communities a safer place to live through outstanding drug prevention and enforcement efforts.

Captain Dunlavy has gone above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of a drug-free community, worked tirelessly to reduce drug abuse, and is a worthy recipient of this distinguished award.  Captain Dunlavy spent over a decade as the DARE officer for Estherville schools.  During that time, he expanded the program to include all students in kindergarten through fifth grade. 

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