Five U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special agents were bestowed with a Top Cop award by the National Association of Police Organizations, ATF announced this week.
The awards were given to Special Agents Cory Borkenhagen, Lowell Erickson, Burton Rutter, Russel Traurig and Jason Wambach from the Fargo Field Office at the 19th Annual Top Cops Award held May 12 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The agents will receive the North Dakota Honorable Mention Award for their work toward locking up violent criminals in North Dakota, ATF said.
“These special agents are committed to reducing violent crime and sacrifice much to serve this mission,” ATF St. Paul Field Division Special Agent in Charge Bernard Zapor said. “We are grateful for their dedication and the recognition for their hard work protecting the community.”
Collectively, Borkenhagen, Erickson, Rutter, Traurig and Wambach have led to the investigation and prosecution of 13 individuals for violations of the Armed Career Criminal Act. The agents focus their efforts investigating and arresting violent narcotics traffickers, gang members and conducting major Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) investigations, ATF said.
In addition, Rutter, a Certified Fire Investigator, worked on 31 major investigations, spending a significant portion of his time investigating fires throughout the state.
The Top Cop Awards are designed to honor federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers for actions beyond the call of duty.