Respect for Law 2004 - CCS Hank Ortiz

Canyon County Sheriff

Letter of Nomination
for Deputy Hank Ortiz

    It is my pleasure to recognize Canyon County Sheriff's Deputy Hank Ortiz for his volunteer work that goes far beyond the scope of his regular duties as a cop. Even after 23 years of service as a law enforcement officer, including the last 11 with Canyon County, Hank and his entire family find time to help others in a multitude of ways.

    Deputy Ortiz is a member of the Melba Volunteer Fire Department, and not only responds to emergency fires, but spends a lot of volunteer hours in school classrooms teaching fire safety. He also teaches bicycle safety at local bicycle fairs, and excels in conducting Hispanic Culture Awareness courses for law enforcement officers and community groups.

    But the most time-consuming of Hank's volunteer efforts comes in working the Special Olympics. He serves on the Idaho Torch Run Council, participates in virtually all fund raising activities on behalf of the Special Olympics, and offers hands-on help in the Cops and Lobsters fund raiser, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the annual winter Penguin Plunge. And, of course, one of the highlights of every officer's holiday season, Shop-With-A-Cop.

    A brief look at Hank's personnel file discloses numerous letters of appreciation from groups and individuals who have benefited from Hank's generosity, often including his wife, Linda, and other family members who are also community volunteers whenever needed. From elementary students thankful for safety tips, troubled teenagers needing some direction, families thankful to be alive after a devastating house fire, and the elderly appreciating special holiday attention, many take the time to write a letter to me, commending deputy Ortiz for his outstanding work and community involvement.

    Let me take this opportunity to thank the Optimists for giving us a forum where outstanding efforts by emergency services personnel can be recognized. It is indeed an honor for me to nominate deputy sheriff Hank Ortiz this prestigious award.

                George W. Nourse, Sheriff