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Fruge Named Illinois D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year

Posted on June 28, 2017 by in Hometown, Illinois, News

Lincoln Police Officer Chirsty Fruge, at right, was named the 2017 Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association Officer of the Year on Friday in East Peoria.

Lincoln Police Officer Chirsty Fruge, at right, was named the 2017 Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association Officer of the Year on Friday [June 16] in East Peoria.

Lincoln Police Officer Christy Fruge was named the 2017 Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association Officer of the Year on Friday [June 16] at a ceremony held in East Peoria.

The Lincoln Police Department and several local schools nominated Fruge for the award by writing to the organization in appreciation of her efforts with Lincoln D.A.R.E.

Fruge started with the anti-drug youth program in 2003 and took the helm in 2014 following the retirement of then LPD Chief Ken Greenslate.

Current Police Chief Paul Adams said Friday that Fruge has done well with the program and with addressing other youth issues in the community. She also serves on the Logan County Opiod Task Force, which is aimed at lessening the impact of heroin and opiate addiction among the local population.

In April of 2016, Fruge was named the 2015 Lincoln Police Department Officer of the Year.

“She stepped up and not only filled in, but she’s knocked it out of the park with the D.A.R.E. program,” Adams said of her work at the time.

“She’s done a great job at raising the funds necessary to keep the program alive and thriving. She’s also been very eager in speaking with the kids of our community and recognizing the need to not only be an authoritative figure, but a friend to all the kids [she has] contact with.”

This article is from Lincoln Courier.