Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener has been nominated for the 2007 America's Most Wanted All-Star Award. The annual award honors law enforcement, firefighters, EMT and other first responders who "go above and beyond" to serve and protect their communities.
Nominations come from the community, as do the votes to choose the winners. Through online voting, AMW and Nextel will recognize one All-Star Finalist each week for eight weeks. Each Finalist will receive an AMW duffle bag filled with AMW gear, and will be entered in the voting for the grand prize of $10,000 and a trip to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series™ All-Star Challenge in May.
"I'm just honored that somebody would nominate me," said Wegener with a note of embarrassment. The Sheriff reluctantly gained national fame as a result of the September 2006 shooting tragedy at Platte Canyon High School that took the life of 16-year-old student Emily Keyes. Wegener subsequently traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in President Bush's Panel on School Safety.
Under Colorado's Amendment 41, Wegener would be unable to accept any prizes resulting from the award, if he were to win. He said it wouldn't matter, though - he would donate any prize money to the I Love U Guys Foundation, anyway. The fund was established by the Keyes family following Emily's death to promote youth educational programs.
The profile submitted with the nomination says, in part, "To this day, Wegener's community applauds him for his commitment to helping others, especially at their darkest hours." The entire profile and voting process is available at All-Star Nominee Sheriff Fred Wegener. Anyone can vote online once a day until April 15, 2007.
The America's Most Wanted program produces and distributes printable flyers for each nominee as part of the awards program.
Finalists are published each week on the All-Star home page.