Farmington Police Department recognized for their DWI enforcement efforts

Sgt. Karst with the Farmington Police Department accepting award
Sgt. Karst with the Farmington Police Department accepting award

Farmington Police Department’s Traffic Division was recently recognized for their outstanding efforts with DWI enforcement during the annual Law Enforcement Coordinators’ Symposium. The event took place July 29 – 30 at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque and was attended by more than 225 representatives from New Mexico law enforcement agencies that participated in ENDDWI, BKLUP, STEP, CIOT and 100 Days and Nights of Summer. The LECS provides law enforcement with education, trend analysis and best practice methods for advancing the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Division programs. Law enforcement experts from around the country presented on various topics, including DWI enforcement, distracted driving prevention, effects of alcohol and marijuana, legal updates and occupational protection. A breath alcohol testing instrument was awarded to the Farmington Police Department for their outstanding efforts with DWI enforcement. Sergeant Dave Karst accepted the award on behalf of the department. The unit was donated by Chris Stoddard with Draeger.


PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Explorer honored for performing lifesaving measures

Sally Uebelacker, Miera, & Mother 2Farmington, NM – A Farmington Police Department Explorer recently received recognition for his lifesaving efforts. Isaiah Miera was presented with the Young Citizens Award at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Conference on Wednesday, December 3 in Albuquerque. Individuals under the age of 18 may be nominated for the award. Nominees must have exhibited courageous acts in the face of difficult or dangerous circumstances or have made a positive and direct impact in their community. Such acts must have taken place while aiding law enforcement.

Miera was nominated for performing lifesaving measures during a ride-along with a Farmington police officer. On September 19, 2014, 15-year-old Miera was participating in a ride-along with Officer Angela Prince. At 7:30 a.m. he and Officer Prince were dispatched to a down subject outside of a local middle school. Upon arrival, Officer Prince assessed the 41-year-old subject and determined that he was not breathing. Mr. Miera advised Officer Prince that he was a trained lifeguard and was certified in CPR. Officer Prince retrieved her CPR mask and began giving rescue breaths while Miera provided chest compressions. They gave approximately five cycles of CPR for over a minute before EMS arrived. It was later determined that the subject was suffering from a drug overdose, which he survived, in part, due to the swift actions of Mr. Miera and the officer.

Sally Uebelacker, award committee chair, presented Miera with the award. He attended the banquet with his mother and a friend. Deputy Chief Keith McPheeters with the Farmington Police Department was also present in support of Miera.
Miera & Friend Miera & Deputy Chief McPheeters








Photos courtesy of the Young Citizens Award committee.