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Quentin Strubel, a Philip graduate, is top officer in Brandon

Top officer ... Quentin Struble, a Philip graduate, of the Brandon Police Department recently received an Officer of the Year Award from the Sioux Falls Morning Optimists. Photo by Alica P. Thiele

Officer Quentin Struble likes the variety of his job. As night shift leader on the Brandon Police Department, he patrols the city in the wee hours, answering calls and handling disturbances.

His commitment to his job has earned him the honor of Officer of the Year by the Sioux Falls Morning Optimists.

"Annually, we recognize an officer of the year award from different agencies throughout our county," said Lt. Bruce Swan of the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office and an Optimists member. "It's always during National Law Enforcement Week."

At this year's event struble was honored along with an officer of the year from the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, FBI and Department of Corrections.

Sgt. Wade Else of the Brandon Police Department nominated Struble. "I nominated him for his teamwork and his lack of being selfish," Else said.

Brandon Police Chief Dave Kull agrees. "He's definitely a team worker," he said of Struble.

Struble said he is humbled by the award. "I try to come to work and do the best work I can," he said. "I treat everyone equally, everybody I come in contact with."

Struble and his wife, Courtney, attended the Optimists breakfast, where Struble received a plaque. He hangs it at his house because officers share desks at work.

Struble, a Philip High School graduate and son of Tom Struble, has worked for the Brandon Police Department since January 2003. For most of the last three and a half years, he has worked the night shift. It doesn't leave much time for the 31-year-old dad to see his family, but he said his wife and sons, ages eight and five, are understanding. "My wife has been more than considerate," Struble said.

In addition to patrolling the city at night, Struble works with registering of sex offenders and keeping track of them for the city of Brandon, Kull said. "He works as the radar and lidar (laser) instructor for the department and is field training officer," he said. Last year, when the department lost its school resource officer, Struble volunteered to do that job until a replacement was found.