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Steve Albarado was named the 2014 DARE National Officer of the Year as its International Conference last week in Texas. Albarado is pictured with Sheriff Nancy Hove and CEO/President of DARE America, Frank Pegerous (Submitted photo)

Best in the nation: Albarado earns D.A.R.E. honor


To say Steve Albarado was surprised he was named the 2014 DARE National Officer of the Year was an understatement. 

“I think I was numb for a week when (Pierce County) Sheriff Nancy (Hove) told me,” Albarado remembers. “I had no idea I was even on the radar. It was so unexpected.”


Albarado received the award last week at the organization’s International Conference in Texas, where he was accompanied by his wife, Jennifer, their four children, his parents, Jennifer’s parents, a sister-in-law and lifelong friend John Thornquist.

“It’s so hard for me to accept recognition when so many others have put work into it (i.e. schools, teachers, principals, parents, sheriff and kids),” Albarado said.

Albarado’s humbleness is a factor why he was a deserving candidate, Hove said.

“He has been a great asset to the Pierce County DARE program,” she said. “I am proud of everything he has done for our community.”

For more please read the July 16 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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