Westlake D.A.R.E. officer earns lifetime award
On Friday, Aug. 2, The D.A.R.E. Association of Ohio held their annual awards ceremony in Columbus. Awards were given for D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year and Law Enforcement Executive of the Year. In addition to these annual awards, the association chose to recognize one of its own with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
Officer Ken Delfing from the Westlake Police Department was given the award for his 23 years of service to the D.A.R.E. program along with his 18 years as a trainer for the State Association. Officer Delfing had previously been recognized as A D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year in 2002, served on the Executive Board as district representative and served as president of the association from 2006-2007. Officer Delfing was also awarded a Life Membership in the association in 2008.