Sierra Lutheran grad wins first Citizens Patrol scholarship |

Sierra Lutheran grad wins first Citizens Patrol scholarship

Staff Reports
Capt. Dan Coverley, Citizen Patrol Mike Mary, Trent Almeida, Citizen Patrol Jim Hansen, Citizen Patrol scholarship organizer Mike Elges and Citizen Patrol Curtis Bonneville.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

A Sierra Lutheran High School graduate undergoing treatment for leukemia is the first recipient of the Douglas County Citizens Patrol scholarship.

Trent Almeida was diagnosed with B-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in April 2017 and is receiving ongoing chemotherapy treatments both locally and in Utah. They are currently waiting for bone marrow biopsy results from the University of Utah.

Citizen Patrol member Mike Elges organized fundraising efforts this year for an annual scholarship for graduating high school students.

Patrol members said they wanted to take a step further in aiding the community besides conducting vacation house checks or a call-outs for traffic control to assist deputies, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Bernaddette Smith said.

Members of Citizen Patrol donated around $2,000 to Almeida, who will continue his studies with online college courses.

“If you would like to donate to assist the Almeida family with Trent’s medical expenses you may visit and you can read updates on Trent’s condition by checking on #Trentstrong through Facebook,” Smith said.