Clay County Deputy Sheriff Lee Huber received the Coler-Williams Award on April 30 during graduation ceremonies for the 141st session of the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pierre. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley and South Dakota Peace Officers Association President Derald Gross presented Deputy Huber with the award which is sponsored by the South Dakota Peace Officers Association in memory of Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams. These agents were murdered in the line of duty on June 26, 1975.
"I was confident that Deputy Huber would perform well in the academy and am proud of his achievement there. He certainly represented this office well and is an asset to Clay County and the sheriff's office", said Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe.
The memorial award was established in hopes it would instill the pursuit of professionalism among the officers that attend the academy. The award is based on academics, leadership ability, and general conduct during the Basic Certification Course. Only one graduate in each training academy class can receive the award. Previous recipients of the award in the Vermillion area include Sheriff Andy Howe and Vermillion Police Department Captain Chad Passick.