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Darrin Adams Receives Enrique Camarena Award

By Staff | Jun 7, 2016

SPECIAL HONOR – Emmetsburg Police Officer Darrin Adams was honored Friday by being named the state recipient of the Enrique Camarena Award. The award is presented yearly to a peace officer involved in ongoing education efforts for drug abuse awareness. Adams was presented the award by the Elks Lodge of Estherville for his devotion to drug abuse education and prevention in the Emmetsburg Community Schools. Presenting Adams with the award are Elks Lodge members, from left to right: April Moffitt, Judi Hoffman, Randal Moffitt, Officer Darrin Adams, Cindy Bethune and Corey Kimmet. – Dan Voigt photo

An Emmetsburg Police officer was honored Friday with a special award for his devotion to the students of the Emmetsburg Community School District. Darrin Adams was presented with the Enrique Camarena Award for the State of Iowa in a special ceremony before the student body and staff of the Emmetsburg Middle School.

Adams, a patrol officer for the Emmetsburg Police Department for 20 years, has been involved in drug prevention and education efforts for many of those years. Appearing before students, Adams has visited with students over the years about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, working closely with National Red Ribbon Week and DARE programs in the schools, as well as promoting healthy choices for students.

Adams was nominated for the honor in December of 2015 by the Estherville Elks Lodge #528 of the Northwest District for the Enrique Camarena Award, which was created to honor the memory of Special Agent Enrique S. Camarena, an 11-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Adminstration, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Mexico in 1986. To honor this fallen husband and father of three children, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks developed the award. State winners are considered for the National honor, which is presented annually.

Among the criteria for selection for the Camarena Award is the standard by which Enrique Camarena lived, worked and died: That one person can make a difference.

“Emmetsburg is a small community and many would like to think that our children are free from the dangers of durgs. Officer Adams educates students and parents alike that our community is not immune to the dangers of drugs, and we need to do what we can to prevent children from making life-altering harmful decisions when it comes to drugs and alcohol,” noted Kate Schiek, Counselor at the Emmetsburg Middle and Elementary Schools.

Adams is very involved in his community, serving as a long-time volunteer/coordinator for bicycle safety rodeos, as well as coaching Little League baseball. He is a member of the Little E-Hawk Wrestling Program and an instructor for the Palo Alto County 4-H Shooting Sports program, as well as an Iowa Hunter Safety educator.

Darrin also serves as a member of the Palo Alto County Conservation Board and the Pheasants Forever organization.

A native of Thompson, IA, Darrin and his wife Tricia live in Emmetsburg along with their children Hannah and Nathan.

As a patrol officer for the Emmetsburg Police Department, Adams is also a firearms instructor and team leader for the Multi-Agency Response Team and is also a member of the Firearms Training Advisory Group for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, as well as playing a role in the Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network.

“The city of Emmetsburg along with the Emmetsburg Community School District are not only proud but grateful for the commitment that Officer Darrin Adams has shown towards drug awareness and safety for our children,”?Schiek concluded.

April Moffitt, a member of the Estherville Elks Lodge, noted that Adams was an obvious choice for the award for his attitude and willingness to go “above and beyond” his normal duties to get the message of drug and alcohol abuse awareness out to students in the district. “Officer Adams has truly made a difference and we are very grateful to him for his devotion to our youth.”

Adams accepted his award plaque from Cory Kimmet of the Elks Lodge.

“I do this because I truly care about all of you kids,” Adams said to cheers and a standing ovation from the crowd.