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

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)

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 is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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