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Osakis police officer receives VFW's top cop award

Osakis Police Officer Calvin Uhl was awarded the 2013 J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Award during the Veterans of Foreign Wars State Conference banquet on June 15 in St. Cloud. The 2012-2013 Minnesota State VFW Commander, Lee Ulferts, presented the award to Uhl. (Contributed photo)

Calvin Uhl of Osakis took center stage in June to receive the state's Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Award.

The award is presented to men and women in law enforcement in appreciation of their good will and dedication.

Uhl, an officer with the Osakis Police Department for 11 years, was nominated for the award by Osakis VFW Post 7902.

Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson told the Osakis City Council on July 1 that Uhl was nominated for his action two years ago in saving a suicidal resident.

By granting this distinguished award, the VFW intends to call national attention not only to the dedicated services of the recipient, but to all those other deserving law enforcement officers who share the attributes and accomplishments for which the J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Award represents.

Uhl said, "I was really excited and blessed that they thought to recommend me. It was really nice."

Uhl said he's always learning on the job, whether it's continuing education in a classroom or interacting with people in the community.

Uhl is also a veteran. He has served in the Army Reserves for 23 years, 11 of which were active duty. He most recently served in Afghanistan performing route clearance. He's a lifetime member of the Osakis VFW Post.

Uhl and his wife, Christine, have two children, Jacob, 10, and Katie, 7.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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