STEVE DAVIS, left, listens as Ripon Police Capt. Troy Damsteegt honors Davis. Standing at right is District Attorney Eric Toney, holding Davis’ award. submitted photo
STEVE DAVIS, left, listens as Ripon Police Capt. Troy Damsteegt honors Davis. Standing at right is District Attorney Eric Toney, holding Davis’ award. submitted photo

     IT STARTED AS AN INTER- est in flying drones (otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs).

     “I have aviation in my blood. I’ve always liked things that fly,” Davis has said of his interest in the four-propeller-powered vehicles.

     He’s not alone in that interest. These days, plenty of people have drones.

     But he stands alone in the Ripon area in one respect.

     Only Davis has been honored for flying these vehicles by the Fond du Lac County Law Enforcement Executive Association.

     On Feb. 6, Davis was named Citizen of the Year for the help he’s provided the Ripon Police Department and Ripon Area Fire District.

     The executive association is made up of the command staff of all the police departments in the in Fond du Lac County. When it meets for an annual banquet, it hands out awards to various individuals in the county — including Citizen of the Year.
Nominating Davis was Ripon Police Capt. Troy Damsteegt.

     “I was very honored to have been nominated for this by Capt. Damsteegt and the Ripon Police Department, and to have been selected by the association,” Davis said. “I could not be working with two greater groups of people — police officers and firefighters — and to be recognized by them was just awesome.” ...

     To read the entire column, see the Feb. 21, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.