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Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year

A Sturgis resident has been awarded the honor of Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year.

Sturgis Police Deputy Chief David Ives said Jim Cook, a retired CAD instructor from Glen Oaks Community College, was selected from nominations across the state. He was presented a plaque during a recent meeting of the 5th District Homeland Security in Kalamazoo.

Cook heads the Sturgis Volunteers in Policing program

Ives said Citizen Corps is coordinated nationally by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It trains volunteers to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to any type of disaster.

Cook also received the Volunteers in Policing state award as volunteer of the year in 2013.