(Osage Beach, MO)
Honor First Responder 2015
1st Annual Honor First Responder Award Winner
September 14, 2015 - Osage Beach, MO - Freedom Boat Club Lake of the Ozarks is thrilled to announce the winner of the 1st Annual Honor First Responder Award. This project was designed to show appreciation and showcase many of the people that keep the peace, protect us, protect our property and save our lives in the lake area. 17 Nominations were submitted by the community August 14-31 for members of law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services in Miller, Morgan and Camden counties. A vote was then conducted online which ended September 14 at noon.
Captain Jim Koch, owner of the Freedom Boat Club franchise at Lake of the Ozarks said, “We wanted to provide a way for the community to learn more about these important First Responders that serve our community, and to give them some well-deserved appreciation”. Freedom Boat Club is awarding the winner a One Year Membership providing unlimited boat use at Lake of the Ozarks as well as at 87 other FBC locations across the country. All of the candidates have received recognition by inclusion in the vote and their brief biographies may be reviewed Here.
The 1st Annual Honor First Responder Award by the vote of the community is awarded to Detective Kyle Walters of the Miller County Sheriff’s Office. Kyle was born and raised in Columbia, MO where he attended the Law Enforcement Training Institute. Kyle moved to the lake area in 2011 and started as a Road Deputy for the Miller County Sheriff’s Office. In 2014 Kyle became a Detective. Kyle likes to connect and offer guidance to the youth in his community. After receiving the award, Detective Walters stated, “I would like to thank the community for their support and everyone who voted for me. Considering the recent events, I'd also like to thank organizations like Freedom Boat Club who go out of their way to reward first responders. In our stressful life, this will guarantee a summer of relaxation for myself and my new wife”. The Nominator of Detective Walters stated, “He has a tremendous passion for his job and works hard to serve his community.”
Coming in at second place in the vote was Water Patrolman Randy Henry who has served at Lake of the Ozarks for 29 years. Patrolman Henry has received a Public Safety Commendation, a MADD Award (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Department of Public Safety Employee of the Month and was named Water Patrol Officer of the year by the Lake of the Ozarks Yachting Association.
Candidates nominated for the award represented agencies including the Lake Ozark Police Department, Eldon Fire Department, Lake Ozark Fire Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Highway Patrol, Camdenton Police Department, Osage Beach Police Department, Lake West Ambulance, Miller County Ambulance, Miller County Sheriff’s Office, and Osage Beach Fire District.
The project was conceived by FBC Membership Executive Mary Kreuser. Kreuser said, “I was deeply moved while reading the biographies of the candidates. It was impressive to read about all the effort these candidates go through to build their expertise plus all the community involvement many of them have”. "I am happy that all the candidates received some exposure and appreciation on the project website", Kreuser stated.
Congratulations to our newest Member and winner of the 1st Annual Honor First Responder Award, Detective Kyle Walters of the Miller County Sheriff's Office. Kyle won the award along with a one year FBC Membership by an online vote of the community which completed Sept. 14. Kyle and his wife Launa will enjoy unlimited boating with a fleet of boats at Lake of the Ozarks plus access to over 1000 boats at 87 FBC locations across the country.
Kyle stated a few of the other candidates in the award vote will likely join him on boating excursions on the lake.
Kyle and Launa are considering taking a trip to utilize the Freedom Boat Club locations in Florida or Alabama.
Kyle's family frequented the lake for vacations and were often out on the water. Launa grew up around the lake and boated with friends. When they both moved to the lake they had a boat together for about a year before selling it. They loved the time they were able to spend on it.
Presenting the award is Captain Jim Koch, owner FBC Lake of the Ozarks, Detective Kyle Walters and his wife Launa and Chef Mary Kreuser, FBC Membership Executive and originator of the Award.
Kyle and his wife Launa were married recently in August. They met while they both worked at the Miller County Sheriff's Office. Launa is currently a Dispatcher at the Lake Ozark Police Department.
Kyle was born and raised in Columbia, MO where he attended the Law Enforcement Training Institute. Kyle moved to the lake area in 2011 and started as a Road Deputy for the Miller County Sheriff’s Office. In 2014 Kyle became a Detective. Kyle likes to connect and offer guidance to the youth in his community.
Launa began as a 911 dispatcher at Miller County Sheriff's Office where she met Kyle. While at Miller, she was EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatcher) certified and answered calls for law enforcement, fire, and medical. After 3 years there, she went to dispatch for Lake Ozark Police Department and has been there for 2 years. She will be leaving Lake Ozark in March to begin Nursing School at Columbia College but plans to continue dispatching at LOPD part time.
Both of Kyles grandfather's were in law enforcement. One was a sergeant for Military Police in the Army. His other grandfather was a sergeant at Elmore County Sheriff's Office in Alabama. Launa comes from a "fire family". Her father was a volunteer fireman and she has several cousins that are active firemen in Illinois.