Veterans from the local Marine Corps League chapter are asking for nominations for our annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.

The award is named after Washington State Patrolman Eugene A. Bolstad. Sixty-three years ago on 3 September 1957 Trooper Bolstad was alerted of swimmers in trouble at Long Beach and he plunged into the surf to attempt a rescue. The strong undertow caught Bolstad and one of the swimmers, 18-year-old Alvin Weise. A riptide carried them out to sea where they both drowned.

The award is given annually to a Law Enforcement Officer working or patrolling in Pacific or Wahkiakum County. The purpose is to recognize exemplary performance by individual officers identified by their supervisors, or peers, or the general public. Nominations are gladly accepted from law enforcement departments or from private citizens. Eligibility is for any current (or former) law enforcement officer who has demonstrated exemplary performance and initiative, and/or excellence in personal interaction with the public. Nominations of no more than one or two short paragraphs should be submitted to Mike Allen at or to Gene Strong at



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