Ott earns Espeland Award from police department

2012-02-17T14:01:00Z Ott earns Espeland Award from police departmentBy PEGGY SENZARINO peggy.senzarino@globegazette.com Mason City Globe Gazette

MASON CITY - Mason City Police Officer Rick Ott has been named as the winner of the 2011 Tim Espeland award.

The Espeland award is named for the late Tim Espeland who served as an officer with the Forest City and Mason City police departments for 16 years before his death in 2008 at age 46 from multiple system atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disorder.

The award recognizes an employee for continually seeking to improve themselves while displaying a strong work ethic, integrity and commitment to others above self.

Despite Espeland's sudden terminal diagnosis, his courage, positive demeanor, professionalism and dedication to others remained strong to the end, according to a press release from the police department.

Ott and officers Jason Trask and Jason Hugi were nominated for the award, according to Police Chief Michael Lashbrook.

An awards board selected the winner.

Lashbrook said Ott's nomination highlighted his willingness to take on problems and extra assignments, his ability to deal with citizens in a calm and respectful manner even when it is difficult, and to be a leader on his shift.

Ott works the first shift.

"The nominations were to select the officer that we felt fit the qualities that Tim Espeland demonstrated during his career here at the Mason City Police Department," Lashbrook said.

This is the first year for the Espeland award, Lashbrook said.

"It is certainly something that we wish to continue," he said.

Lashbrook said he didn't know Espeland well.

"It was still pretty apparent to me that Tim was somebody who was very well liked and respected and highly thought of by those that did know him," Lashbrook said.

"We feel that Tim embodied a lot of the characteristics and values that we as police officers revere."

 espeland award winner/Peggy

By PEGGY SENZARINO

peggy.senzarino@globegazette.com

MASON CITY - Mason City Police Officer Rick Ott has been named as the winner of the 2011 Tim Espeland award.

The Espeland award is named for the late Tim Espeland who served as an officer with the Forest City and Mason City police departments for 16 years before his death in 2008 at age 46 from multiple system atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disorder.

The award recognizes an employee for continually seeking to improve themselves while displaying a strong work ethic, integrity and commitment to others above self.

Despite Espeland's sudden terminal diagnosis, his courage, positive demeanor, professionalism and dedication to others remained strong to the end, according to a press release from the police department.

Ott and officers Jason Trask and Jason Hugi were nominated for the award, according to Police Chief Michael Lashbrook.

An awards board selected the winner.

Lashbrook said Ott's nomination highlighted his willingness to take on problems and extra assignments, his ability to deal with citizens in a calm and respectful manner even when it is difficult, and to be a leader on his shift.

Ott works the first shift.

"The nominations were to select the officer that we felt fit the qualities that Tim Espeland demonstrated during his career here at the Mason City Police Department," Lashbrook said.

This is the first year for the Espeland award, Lashbrook said.

"It is certainly something that we wish to continue," he said.

Lashbrook said he didn't know Espeland well.

"It was still pretty apparent to me that Tim was somebody who was very well liked and respected and highly thought of by those that did know him," Lashbrook said.

"We feel that Tim embodied a lot of the characteristics and values that we as police officers revere."

 

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    MSAawareness - February 18, 2012 2:18 pm
    March is Multiple System Atrophy Awareness month.
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    MSAawareness - February 18, 2012 2:17 pm
    March is Multiple System Atrophy Awareness month.
    http://www.MSAawareness.org

    Join us on facebook:
    Multiple System Atrophy Awareness month
    http://www.facebook.com/MSAawareness

    Miracles for MSA
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    retired1 - February 17, 2012 4:05 pm
    I'm sure Tim would say "Why all the fuss over me?", but I know he would be honored to have this award named after him. Congratulations Officer Ott!
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