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High 5 for former police officer who cares about kids

By Brooke Walker | Posted - Jul. 16, 2010 at 8:42 a.m.



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SOUTH OGDEN -- This week's High 5 goes to a veteran police officer in Weber County. Marcia Christensen served the community for decades. She has a particularly soft spot for helping to keep children out of trouble.


It wasn't so much about looking to get them in trouble but to help change their lives.

–Brian


Marcia's daughter, Deborah Draper, nominated her for the honor. She says Marcia is affectionately known as Dirty Harriett to some. The nickname came from the Clint Eastwood movie "Dirty Harry" because Marcia at times appeared to be tough.

Brian, who calls himself a former troublemaker, says, "She cared a lot about the kids at the school and the community. It wasn't so much about looking to get them in trouble but to help change their lives. And it worked for many of us."

Marcia left police work in 1999, then worked for the Utah National Guard until last May.

"These kids are still my kids," Marcia says. "I see them everywhere. They come up and say, ‘You were my DARE officer.' My husband had surgery about a month ago and we were in the hospital and one of them came up and said, ‘Do you remember the Dougal kids? We're all here and we remember you."

She says she doesn't take offense at her nickname.

"It was better than some of the nicknames they try to hang you with," Marcia pointed out.

On behalf of our High 5 partners at Les Schwab, Marcia received a gift basket which includes a $100 gift certificate for services at any Les Schwab store.

If you know someone who is doing the right thing and deserves a High 5, click here to nominate them.

E-mail:bwalker@ksl.com

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