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For Immediate Release: May 16, 2007   
Contact: Jaime Gardner 303-239-3681

Secretary Kempthorne Recognizes Grand Junction BLM Ranger with Valor Award

In a Washington, DC ceremony on May 9, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne presided over the Department’s 64th Honors Convocation, presenting 42 awards to employees and citizens.

“Whether with a single heroic deed or a lifetime of dedicated work, you have served America with integrity and excellence,” the Secretary told the award recipients.

One recipient, former Grand Junction BLM Ranger Dan “Perry” McCoy, was given the Secretary’s Valor Award, for demonstrating unusual courage involving a high degree of personal risk in the face of danger, for his work diffusing a hostage situation during a dangerous investigation involving drugs on public lands.

“BLM rangers are asked to cover thousands of acres of public lands on their own, putting their lives on the line for public lands and those who use them,” says BLM Law Enforcement Director William Woody.  “Many patrol alone and are special, resourceful individuals, who are dedicated to their jurisdictions, their families and their peers.” 

“BLM rangers--and Perry McCoy is one of the best and most dedicated--are right there, working closely with local, state and other federal agency law enforcement personnel, search and rescue, and wildland firefighters,” continued Woody.  “McCoy earned his colleagues respect and trust, and for that, there can be no greater reward.”

McCoy was named 2006 BLM Ranger of the Year.  He now works for the BLM in Wyoming.


Click here for a photo of the ceremony.

Last updated: 05-29-2007