By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — At the conclusion of 2013, Rush County resident and 1974 RCHS graduate Duane Raab will wrap up a 32-year career at the Rush County Sheriff’s Department.
Raab began his law enforcement career working as deputy in charge of animal control and a process server. That was followed by working in the Rush County Jail for nearly two year until he was hired as a merit deputy in 1982, a position he held until being appointed chief deputy seven years ago.
Earlier this year, Lt. Raab was nominated by Brian Crabtree for the American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.
“Myself and others thought he was very deserving of the nomination and the award,” Crabtree said.
Nominated officers must be U.S. citizens and active full-time sworn officers in any of the branches of law enforcement. They must have full authority and the power of arrest and be nominated in the district in which they work and reside.
Raab has overseen a number of RCSD grant projects and headed numerous “Operation Pull Over” (OPO) efforts stressing driver and passenger safety. Other contributing factors in his nomination are a result of his efforts and participation in community events and projects.
Near the end of July, local American Legion members learned that Raab garnered the top title for District 10. By separating himself from other law enforcement officers in the district, Raab qualified for state level consideration.
“I am familiar with the American Legion program and I was pleasantly surprised to be nominated and recognized for my efforts in law enforcement. In the past, Rush County has had a couple of nominated officers win at the state level. I believe Bill Todd and Marvin Hedrick both took that honor. Although I did not attain that level, I am very honored to be mentioned with them,” Raab said.
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