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40 Years is a Long Run

   March 19, 2019    No Comments on 40 Years is a Long Run

Poster announcing Undersheriff Bill Nelson's RetirementSheriff Justin Smith Announces Undersheriff Bill Nelson’s (234th) Retirement

After serving 2 years as a deputy sheriff in Laramie County (Cheyenne) Wyoming, Bill Nelson began his career with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office in 1979. Bill began as a patrol deputy, but also worked as a criminal investigator. However, once it was discovered that Bill had experience in climbing and wildland firefighter, he was temporarily assigned to emergency services unit, which managed search and rescue, dive rescue and wildland firefighting operations.

For most of the next 20 years, Bill served in line, supervisory and command positions in emergency services, modernizing equipment, training and processes. Over that time, Bill became known around the state and region for his expertise in fire and rescue operations.

When the KUSA Channel  9 helicopter crashed through a frozen Horsetooth Reservoir in 1992, Bill participated in the rescue response as well as the recovery dives through the ice. In 1996, Bill earned the Medal of Valor for his actions during the Spring Creek Flood, which cost the lives of 5 persons.

Over the years, Bill promoted through the rank of lieutenant in the emergency services unit and in 1999, Bill promoted the rank of captain over the patrol division. Over the next decade, Bill promoted to the rank of major and also led the jail and support services divisions of the agency.

With the changing of sheriffs, in 2011, Bill was appointed as the undersheriff – the role he has served in for the last 8 years. During that time, Larimer County experienced the most devastating recorded wildfires in the county’s history throughout 2012. These unprecedented disasters were followed up by the record setting flash floods of September 2013. Throughout those critical incidents, Bill demonstrated outstanding leadership and management skills.

Lone car on Alaskan highway

Bill Nelson’s Dream Vacation

After 40 years of service, Bill is choosing to retire in April of 2019, trading in his firearm, badge and firefighting gear for outdoor gear and adventures. Bill plans to “begin” retirement with a summer road trip up the Al-Can Highway to Alaska.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter extends its heartiest congratulations and warm wishes for a fulfilling and exciting retirement! Good luck, Bill, we hope you make all your dreams come true!

Seeking Donor Organ Recipients

   November 20, 2018    No Comments on Seeking Donor Organ Recipients



Seeking donor organ recipients

Tim Cornell, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (ret.), NA 214th, asked that I share this time sensitive message to our membership.

“Gardena PD recently had a motor officer who went down and lost his life. Per the family, his organs are being donated and any law enforcement member who is currently on the donor list have priority. If you know of anyone who is law enforcement and on a donor list, please contact Detective Tom Heffner at Hawthorne PD (310) 628-XXXX.” (Contact Jim Jensen for the number).


Max Santiago, Secretary
FBI National Academy Associates, Inc., California Chapter
FBINA 214th Session

2019 Slate Announced!

   November 13, 2018    No Comments on 2019 Slate Announced!

Welcome, 2019 Board!

people sitting in chairs


At the regular business meeting, held this fall in Fort Collins, CO, the membership elected its 2019 board. The incoming officers were sworn in at the annual meeting, their terms to run for the 2019 calendar year. The following slate will be the Chapter’s leadership for next year:

  • 2019 President John Burbach ( 220th, Denver PD), by ascension
  • 2019 First Vice President Rick McNair (255th, Adams County SO), also by ascension
  • 2019 Second Vice President Keith McPheeters (232nd, Casper PD) by acclimation
  • 2019 Immediate Past President James Crosby (164th, Laramie Community College), by ascension
  • 2019 Secretary/Treasurer James Jensen (174th, Douglas County SO), term continuing.

Congratulations to Chief McPheeters and thank you to the entire slate for their willingness to serve!

2018/2019 Bill Stanford Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations Jacklyn Moore

Stanford recipient J. Moore

Ms. J. Moore

Jacklyn Moore received this year’s Bill Stanford living memorial scholarship. She is a deserving applicant and was selected from a field of strong competition. We congratulate Jacklyn and wish her well as she undertakes her undergraduate education at CSU.

Jacklyn is Tim Moore’s (244th session) daughter and is studying biomedical and electrical engineering curricula.

2018 Livio A. Beccaccio Award


Livio A. Beccaccio

The Livio A. Beccaccio Award is a living memorial presented to a FBI National Academy Associates member who has demonstrated exemplary character through an act of heroism, outstanding community service, innovation in law enforcement, or leadership reflective of that by which FBI Special Agent Livio A. Beccaccio lived

Livio A. Beccaccio served as chief of the National Academy Unit at the FBI Academy from 1987 – 1994. Prior to that, he was the chief of the Physical Training Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico and had multiple assignments after joining the FBI in 1968. He died September 17, 1997 in a helicopter crash which took the lives of 12 members of an international peace-keeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Criteria for Selection:
  • An act of valor or bravery at the personal risk of one’s own safety
  • Dedicated, meritorious, and outstanding contribution to one’s community
  • An innovative act and forward thinking which resulted in the improvement of quality in law enforcement or within the community
  • Sustained, outstanding personal character which is consistent, motivational, and inspires
  • FBINAA member in good standing
Selection Process:
  • Annual award covering the period June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018
  • Submit nomination to Rocky Mountain Chapter by May 31, 2018
  • Chapter must endorse that the nominee is worthy of receiving the award, supported by documentation
  • Nominations must be submitted to the Executive Director by June 1, 2018
  • All nominations received by the Executive Director will be submitted to the Committee Chairperson by June 4 2018, a selection will be made by June 8, 2018, and the recipient will be notified by June 11, 2018
Submission Process:
  • Any member in good standing may nominate another member in good standing for the award
  • A written narrative with the facts and circumstances that support the nomination must be submitted to the chapter
  • In a cover letter to the Executive  Director, the chapter must validate the nomination, endorse the nominee, prioritize the nominees if more than one is nominated, and forward the nominees names and documentation to support worthiness of receiving the award.

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January Newsletter and Meeting Notice

2017 Youth Leadership Announcement

Jim Wilbourn Passing

Pat Casey Passing

March Newsletter and Meeting Notice

Al Wilson Passing and Al Wilson Life Celebration

Section 1 Announcement

Agents’ Golf Tournament

June Meeting Announcement

August Meeting Announcement