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Cass County Board: Eric Alger named state deputy of the year

WALKER—Sheriff Tom Burch informed the Cass County Board Tuesday that the Minnesota Sheriff's Association recognized Cass County Deputy Eric Alger as the Minnesota Deputy of the Year.

The Cass County Sheriff's Department nominated him for the award, which is based on sustained performance or actions over a sustained period of time that is above the average contribution to the betterment of the office and community.

He exemplifies the qualities of integrity, honesty, being calm under pressure and using effective communication, Burch said, adding he consistently demonstrates his commitment to public safety and community service in his personal and professional life.

The sheriff cited several incidents in which Alger played a crucial role, including one instance when Alger was off duty and was called to assist with a juvenile male in mental distress.

"Communications and attentiveness, along with Alger's willingness to immediately respond to this incident while off-duty and to spend the time needed to ensure the male's safety and well-being were crucial in the positive outcome of this incident," Burch said.

Alger has been a Cass County deputy for six years. He previously worked for Leech Lake Tribal Police Department. He has served in the Army National Guard, Red Bulls 34th Infantry Division (Bemidji) for six years.

He and his wife live in the Hackensack area with their three children.