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For Immediate Release

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January 31, 2011 Phill Maxwell, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Texas-Midland/Odessa Division
(432) 686-4100 ext.223
Deputy U.S. Marshal Named Officer of the Year by Crime Stoppers

Midland, TX – On Friday, January 28th, the Midland Crime Stoppers hosted its annual award luncheon at the Petroleum Club for local law enforcement officers who have made significant contributions toward the safety of the community. Officers receiving awards this year represent the Midland Police Department, Midland Sheriff’s Office, Midland Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Deputy U.S. Marshal George Butcher with the Western District of Texas, Midland Division, was awarded the prestigious honor by his division supervisor, Phill Maxwell. In a prepared statement read by Maxwell, he said that, “We place a lot of emphasis on teamwork to get this job done. Our office operates as a team, our law enforcement and task force partners operate as a team, and the whole agency works as a team to locate and apprehend the worst of the worst in the United States. What we tend to overlook however, is the individual efforts that are brought together in order to form that team. Today, we want to acknowledge that individual effort and recognize Deputy Butcher for the outstanding work he has done this past year.” Maxwell went on to use an example of a 5-year-old homicide fugitive case from the Dallas area that was sent to the Midland office last Christmas. Deputy Butcher coordinated with several agencies, and conducted numerous hours of surveillance along with members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, and managed to capture this fugitive within a few days after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip that he was in the area.

Supervisory Deputy Phill Maxwell and Deputy George Butcher

Supervisory Deputy Phill Maxwell on the left presenting the Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year Award to Deputy George Butcher

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

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