David Engstrom earned special honors last week when, for the first time ever, Madera Elks Lodge 1918 chose an investigator for one of their Officer of the Year awards.
Assigned in Oakhurst last March as an investigator specifically for the Mountain Area with the Madera County District Attorney’s Office, Engstrom, who handles cases in everything from fires to welfare fraud, said he was surprised by the distinction.
“It’s nice to feel appreciated and recognized for the work that you do in law enforcement,” Engstrom said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for what I do.”
“He’s well respected in the law enforcement community, both in the Mountain Area and Valley,” District Attorney David Linn said. “If there’s a crime in the mountains and I know about it, I call him, and he’s usually the first one on scene.”
While not investigating crimes, assisting in fire evacuations, or helping out the Madera County Probation Department, Engstrom regularly attends community events such as National Night Out or meetings of service clubs like Kiwanis.
Engstrom lives in Coarsegold with his wife and three children.
Other Officer of the Year recipients honored at the Elks Aug. 25 dinner included: Adam McEwen of the Madera County Sheriff’s Department; Michael Chambers of the Chowchilla Police Department; Hector Garibay of the Madera Police Department; Mike Hensel of the Madera County Department of Corrections; Taka Hiura of the California Highway Patrol; Douglas Schuller of the Valley State Prison; David C. Martinez of the Central California Women’s Facility; and Jose Macias and Tom Okano of the Madera County Probation Department.