Sodders receives GOLD STAR Award

A Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy was awarded the 2013 GOLD STAR Award at the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association Winter School Banquet Tuesday in Des Moines.

Sen. Steve Sodders, of State Center, was one of two recipients in the state to receive the award from the ISSDA.

Sodders was selected by the ISSDA to receive the award for his experience as a Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy and for sharing his firsthand experiences as a peace officer in the Iowa State Senate.

“I was honored to be nominated and voted to get the award,” Sodders said. “It’s a great thing to be recognized for the work I have done. It’s a great honor to receive the award.”

Ted Kamatchus, Marshall County Sheriff, said it is meaningful to have someone from Marshall County receive the award.

“It’s a great honor to have someone from our agency who can have positive input in the legislative issues pertaining to law enforcement at the state level,” Kamatchus said. “Steve provides that firsthand experience when it comes to an issue pertaining to law enforcement and public safety from the state of Iowa.”

Sodders will receive a plaque that resembles the ISSDA Gold Star emblem, the badge worn by sheriffs and deputies.

The GOLD STAR Awards are given to no more than five people each year who through their public service, demonstrate genuine dedication to supporting the goals and ideals of ISSDA’s mission, “To Serve and Protect the People of Iowa.”

Sodders has been in law enforcement for 24 years.