Zack Thew gets first Hoff award |

Zack Thew gets first Hoff award

Staff reports

Zack Thew, graduate of Douglas High School and a junior at University of Nevada, Reno was awarded the first James D. Hoff Peace Officers Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Thew was selected by a board consisting of several community and law enforcement leaders, including Richard Kirkland, sheriff of Washoe County, Deputy Chief Galli of the Reno Police Department, William Sanford, Attorney at Law, Matthew Leone of the UNR faculty and Debi Dearman, student coordinator.

On June 25, 1979, James C. Hoff paid the ultimate price as peace officer. “Jimmy,” as he was known to family and friends, was killed during an undercover narcotics transaction less than a mile from the location of his monument in Idlewild Park, Reno. He was 32 at the time of his death.

Along with the scholarship, Thew’s name will be placed on a perpetual plaque, which will include future recipients, in honor of all slain law enforcement officers.

Thew has also been working as an intern with the U.S. Customs Department in Reno and is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society with a 3.96 GPA. He was also recently honored with the Helen Close Foundation award.

“Zack is just an all-around outstanding student who is respected and admired greatly for his academic achievement,” states Debi Dearman, student coordinator at UNR.

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