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Moses Gonzales Recognized for Extraordinary Community Service Upon his Retirement

  • 28 May 2015

Moses GonzalezAfter 14 years with the Vail Police Department, Moses Gonzales is retiring effective June 1. Moses has been a Code Enforcement Officer since 2001 and also served with the Vail Recreation District. He’s known for his community service efforts over the years, including:

  • Organizing the annual countywide Make a Difference Day Food Drive which has generated an estimated 1.2 million pounds to date;    
  • Organizing the Shop with a Cop program that allows over 40 underprivileged children to go shopping for their families with a police officer;
  • Serving as a Buddies program mentor and a member of the Resource Center Board of Directors where he has organized work parties at the Bright Futures women’s shelter;
  • Actively participating in organizing the Eagle County Public Safety Memorial Service, Tip-A-Cop fundraiser and the Colorado Peace Officers Ski Race.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Moses serves as a board member of the Freedom Park Memorial Committee and has helped organize recent fund raisers for the Memorial Park and ground breaking events. He recently received the Bronze Wreath of Meritorious Service award from the Police Department for his demonstrated dedication, compassion and concern for the community as well as the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club Public Service award. In 2005, Moses was one of 11 recipients of the Colorado Cares Volunteer Service Award presented by Governor Bill Owens.

Chief Dwight Henninger says the retirement of Officer Gonzales will leave a big hole to fill in the organization, not only as an excellent representative on the streets of Vail as a code enforcement officer, but also his efforts to make the community a better place for all. “We in the Vail community want to thank Moses for all he has done to serve his community and Country,” said Henninger.

In reflecting upon his years of service in Vail, Moses says it has been an honor to serve the community. “My father passed along a message to me many years ago and I have tried to live it in every job I’ve had the privilege of doing: ‘The purpose of life is to matter, to count, to stand for something, and to have it make some difference that we lived at all.’ I would like to thank my wife Cindy and my family for their love, support and encouragement. Thank you for allowing me to live my dream in this the greatest town and county in the world. We are all blessed.”

The department is hosting a public barbeque on Monday to recognize Moses for his years of service. For details, contact Chief Henninger at 970-479-2218.

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