Texas honors Blaisdell for public service

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Lt. Lee Blaisdell of the Azle Police Department has spent most of his 22-year career in law enforcement here in Azle, where he grew up and attended school.
Other than a six-year stint with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Blaisdell has served the Azle community in numerous ways.
Azle Police Chief Randy Reed recognized the contributions Blaisdell has made in Azle and nominated him for a 2012 Law Enforcement Achievement Award for public service.
Friday, June 15, Blaisdell was in Austin to receive that award from representatives of the State of Texas and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).
TCLEOSE accepts nominations for the annual awards each year. They are presented to selected peace officers, reserve officers, jailers, and custodial officers who are licensed by TCLEOSE.
Nominees should exceed the normal expectations of job performance through acts of professional achievement, public service, or valor.
The presenter read from Reed’s remarks on the nomination form:
“In his 22 years as a peace officer with Azle Police Department, Lieutenant Lee A. Blaisdell has worked his way up the professional ranks. Lieutenant Blaisdell routinely participates in several youth programs such as the Success With Every Azle Teen (SWEAT) program. This program allows juveniles the alternative to work on community projects to reduce court fines in return for the dismissal of misdemeanor offenses.
“He has coordinated efforts with the Lena Pope Home counseling program to address the issue of teen drug and alcohol abuse. Lt. Blaisdell also helped to start the School Backpack program, bringing food to elementary schools in backpacks so children in need would not go home hungry.
“Lt. Blaisdell routinely teaches a hunter education program and yearly takes the Azle Police Department Explorer Post hunting at his family farm.
“We salute Lieutenant Blaisdell with the Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award for Public Service.”