Alaska officer designated as top cop

Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An officer with the Alaska Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection has been designated one of the nation's top cops.

Scott Quist of King Salmon will be honored for his efforts in rescuing two men stranded in sub-zero weather last December.

''One, if not both of the victims, would have perished had trooper Quist not made this unusual effort,'' said Col. John D. Glass, head of the fish and wildlife division.

Troopers had been conducting a search for the pair but were hampered by bad weather. Quist decided to make one last pass over the area before quitting for the night. He spotted the men and made two separate trips to pick them up, landing his plane on tundra in the dark.

The award will be presented next month at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., at the seventh annual Top Cops ceremony sponsored by the National Association of Police Organizations.

Top Cop awards go to 13 officers involved in the organization's choice of the 10 outstanding cases around the country. The group represents 220,000 law enforcement officers from 4,000 police associations and unions across the nation.

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